Providing a Program To Meet the Needs of Toddlers With Hearing Loss and Deafness When they noticed an increase in the number of children identified with an educational label of hearing impairment or deafness in Arlington County, Virginia, Arlington Public Schools' (APS') special education department and staff at Patrick Henry Elementary School were determined to meet the needs of these children in an intensified ... Article
Article  |   March 2012
Providing a Program To Meet the Needs of Toddlers With Hearing Loss and Deafness
Author Notes
  • Gina M. Gomez, AuD, CCC-A has been a board member for ASHA’s Special Interest Group 9, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Children since 2006. She is the pediatric/educational audiologist for Arlington Public Schools. Contact her at gina.gomez@apsva.us
    Gina M. Gomez, AuD, CCC-A has been a board member for ASHA’s Special Interest Group 9, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Children since 2006. She is the pediatric/educational audiologist for Arlington Public Schools. Contact her at gina.gomez@apsva.us×
  • Lisa D. Piehota, Ed.D. is the principal at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Arlington, VA where the countywide Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program is located. Contact her at lisa.piehota@apsva.us
    Lisa D. Piehota, Ed.D. is the principal at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Arlington, VA where the countywide Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program is located. Contact her at lisa.piehota@apsva.us×
  • Rachael R. B. Dischner, M.Ed., is a Prekindergarten special education coordinator and child find coordinator for Arlington Public Schools' Child Find Program. Contact her at Rachael.dischner@apsva.us
    Rachael R. B. Dischner, M.Ed., is a Prekindergarten special education coordinator and child find coordinator for Arlington Public Schools' Child Find Program. Contact her at Rachael.dischner@apsva.us×
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Article   |   March 2012
Providing a Program To Meet the Needs of Toddlers With Hearing Loss and Deafness
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, March 2012, Vol. 22, 4-10. doi:10.1044/hhdc22.1.4
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, March 2012, Vol. 22, 4-10. doi:10.1044/hhdc22.1.4

When they noticed an increase in the number of children identified with an educational label of hearing impairment or deafness in Arlington County, Virginia, Arlington Public Schools' (APS') special education department and staff at Patrick Henry Elementary School were determined to meet the needs of these children in an intensified manner. In APS, toddlers identified with hearing loss or deafness can now enter a full-day toddler total communication program for children ages 2 to 3. An interdisciplinary team collaborates to provide instruction that is developed and tailored to meet the unique needs of students with hearing loss. We anticipate that students with hearing impairment or deafness who have participated in Arlington’s Toddler Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program will score higher on countywide assessments than their peers who did not attend the program.

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