Young children who are deaf or hard of hearing attend DePaul’s Preschool Program’s full-day classes, five days per week. The program is free of charge to all state-approved students, ages 3-5. DePaul’s Preschool utilizes the Cottage Acquisition Scales for Listening, Language and Speech (CASLLS) to identify each student’s needs in Listening and Spoken Language skill acquisition and to develop goals that drive the intensive learning opportunities provided by highly qualified DePaul staff.
We place children in class sizes of two or three based on their chronological age and language levels in order to give them ample opportunity to practice listening and speaking. Teachers of the Deaf design stimulating classroom activities to develop children’s listening, speech, language and pre-literacy skills.
Children go to larger group learning settings in the Early Childhood Discovery Room for circle and center based play and music class. These settings allow students to practice their listening and spoken language skills while developing the social, emotional, physical, cognitive and creative skills that will be needed in a mainstream setting. Each student receives a minimum of three individual 30-minute speech therapy sessions per week provided by a Speech Language Pathologist trained in Listening and Spoken Language.
Family members are valued members of their child’s team and receive guidance and instruction on how to be their child’s mentor and advocate through one-on-one sessions with a Teacher of the Deaf, educational parent workshops, parent support groups and audiology services.
8:15 am Arrival and equipment check
8:30 am Auditory and Vocabulary Development in small group (2-3 students)
9:00 am Music Class
9:30 am Discovery Room – Circle time
10:00 am Language Structure Development in small group
10:30 am Individual Speech Therapy
11:00 am Discovery Room – Center based Play
11:30 am Recreation
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Read Aloud
1:00 pm Language Experience in small group
1:30 pm Pre-Math Class
2:00 pm Pre-Literacy Class
2:30 pm Snack
3:10 pm Dismissal