Tip #1: Singing provides a good sense of rhythm, and the tone helps children with hearing loss recognize the melody in speech.

Mission & Values

Mission Statement

Following the values and traditions of our founders, the mission of DePaul School for Hearing and Speech is to teach each child who is deaf or hard of hearing to listen, speak and learn. Our children enter the educational mainstream with the foundation to succeed.

DePaul School

Founded in 1908 by the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, DePaul School for Hearing and Speech has been providing quality Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) education for children who are deaf or hard of hearing for nearly 100 years. DePaul School is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an approved private school. It is the policy of DePaul School to provide equal educational opportunities to all students who qualify for admission to the programs without regard to race, color, religion, sex, ancestry or national origin.


DePaul School for Hearing and Speech carries out its commitment to Listening and Spoken Language education through our dedication to these core values:

The Listening and Spoken Language Philosophy

We believe that children who are deaf and hard of hearing have the potential to develop listening and spoken language skills as the foundation for lifelong literacy and intellectual growth.

Academic Excellence

We embrace our responsibility in providing the best education for children who are deaf or hard of hearing through the development of academic skills that ensure success in the educational and social mainstream.

Respect for the Individual

We welcome children of all religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds in recognizing diversity as a strength in our community.

Commitment to the Children We Serve

We demonstrate our commitment to the children we serve by providing a learning environment that fosters the spiritual, emotional, and personal growth of each child.

Family Participation

We value the participation of parents and all family members in their child’s education as we recognize the importance of their role as their child’s primary teacher.

Support for the Educational Community

We support the development of a trusting and respectful educational community where children, their families, and the DePaul staff work together as partners in the educational process.

Collaboration Beyond our Community

We engage professionals from the medical, educational, and philanthropic communities to enlist support and collaborate in an effort to provide quality auditory oral services to children who are deaf and hard of hearing in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Innovative Use of Technology

We recognize the vital role of technology in providing state-of-the-art audiological and educational services throughout our school.

Encourage Life Long Learners

We encourage our staff to be life long learners and recognize that as their skills as educators grow, our ability to provide excellent educational services grow.

Tip #2: Read to your child every day. Each time you read to your child, you are helping his/her brain to develop language fluency.