Tip #4: Deaf and hard of hearing children who receive early intervention services have been found to have better language outcomes up to age five.


DePaul School ToddlersThe Toddler-Parent Program is a center-based program that enables young children who are deaf or hard of hearing to develop Listening and Spoken Language skills. In a small nurturing environment, with a student to teacher ratio of 3:1, your child will engage in interactive read-alouds, language experiences, music and guided developmental play which reflect the interests of typical toddlers.

Beginning at 18 months of age, each toddler attends for two hours, twice a week and engages in developmentally-appropriate instruction in a language rich environment. As a child progresses, he or she will move into the older toddler class which meets for three hours, three times per week. The older toddler participates in Listening and Spoken Language activities that focus on individual goals and social skills development.

Parents have the option of choosing 30 minutes of individual speech therapy a week for their toddler.

We take a comprehensive approach to nurturing young children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. Parents receive guidance and instruction on how to be their child’s mentor and advocate through one on one sessions with a master teacher of the deaf, educational parent workshops , parent support groups, and audiology services.


Typical Day

9:00-9:15 am Arrival with parents/caregivers present

9:15-9:45 am Circle time/Morning Greeting/Device Check

9:45-10 :00 am Story Time

10:00-10:30 am  Group or Individual Language Experience

10:30-11:00 am  Free Play

11:00-11:30am  Snack/Story Share

11:30-11:50 am  Music

11:50-12:00 am  Closing Circle

*Parent Sessions available before and after class

Quote #3: "Before anything else, preparation is the key to success." - Alexander Graham Bell