DePaul School for Hearing and Speech has been providing children who are deaf or hard of hearing with a full complement of supportive services since its inception in 1908. Since our beginning, we have used state-of-the-art methods to teach children to listen and speak. This philosophy makes it possible for our students to interact with the hearing and speaking world at large. To achieve this goal, DePaul School has highly trained experts in educational audiology, speech therapy, teaching, school psychology, occupational therapy and more. Our team of experts collaborates with families to provide the best services available and the most current technologies to ensure that we are helping each child to achieve their fullest potential.
One facet of the admissions process is a functional listening assessment, conducted by a member of our audiology department. DePaul School has two educational audiologists with expertise in pediatric audiology including vast experience with all major types of hearing aids and cochlear implants. We have a team of six full time speech therapists, all certified by Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide the most comprehensive therapy to students as they learn to listen and speak. Our students receive one on one therapy sessions, most on a daily basis. These intensive interventions are an integral part of our ability to assure families of the highest quality programming available.
Our teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing possess Pennsylvania certification, many have advanced degrees or additional training as well. Our school day is structured to ensure that each child’s specific learning goals are met in small group settings. This allows each child to make the most of each school day. Students with deafness or hearing loss frequently have additional needs, both physically as well as in their learning plans. DePaul School offers physical therapy and occupational therapy for students in need of these additional supports.
The small group settings and the high levels of expertise among our teaching staff make certain that each child’s individualized educational plan is indeed individualized to his or her specific learning needs. Our expert staff meet regularly to review student progress or to discuss specific challenges our students may be facing. This level of cohesive collaboration among our staff helps each student with deafness or hearing loss to achieve the most language development possible while they are enrolled at DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, and ultimately to transition into the mainstream of education at the earliest date at which they are ready. We consider it a privilege to partner with families on their journey of listening and spoken language development.