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

Elementary School (K-8)

IMG_5569DePaul’s Elementary Department provides a complete academic program with emphasis on the development of language and literacy skills in all subject areas. Students receive daily instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. The curriculum in all subject areas is closely aligned with the state standards. Students also receive instruction in art, music, physical education and health.

All students in the Elementary Department receive individual speech therapy three to five times per week. Students also have on-site audiology support provided by our Pediatric Audiologists. This makes is easy to troubleshoot, diagnose and/or treat any problems or concerns with a student’s hearing technology.

Elementary Department students are also engaged in a project-based technology curriculum and have opportunities to use computers, Smart Boards, digital and video cameras.

In preparation for transition into their home school district, students participate in social skills and self advocacy classes on a weekly basis. Additionally, students are provided with an FM-system similar to ones provided in mainstream schools to use during the school day. This allows them to get used to using a FM-system in the classroom before transitioning to the mainstream.


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.