EDU Healthcare offers deaf/hard-of-hearing instruction and therapeutic services to school districts through our network of licensed and experienced Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Teachers and Audiologists. EDU Healthcare believes in the importance of facilitating access to education for all students, including those with limited hearing abilities and those experiencing deafness. It is the right of every student to receive information in a manner that they can understand. Deaf/hard-of-hearing students deserve to have educators who can both receptively and expressively sign and interpret accurately, effectively, and impartially, using any necessary specialized vocabulary. They are experienced in providing communication and specialized instruction to deaf and hard-of-hearing students. They are well versed in working with both the spoken language and the visual language. They have learned how to use basic and advanced language and interpreting skills to convey the thoughts of other people and educate their students.
Our Audiologists provide high-quality services for students experiencing varying stages of hearing loss. The treatment plans they create are designed to improve the student’s academic performance within the school environment. They examine students through standard word recognition testing, student recognition of nonsense consonant-vowel-consonant patterns (CVCs), and the Functional Listening Evaluation, among other assessment tools. After evaluating the test results and determining the rehabilitation plan, they explain both the diagnosis and treatment plan to the student, parents, and teachers in an easily understood manner. Throughout the process, our Audiologists interact with other school professionals, including Speech-Language Pathologists, Sign Language Interpreters, Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Teachers, and other providers delivering supportive services, and they contribute to student IEP plans. Our Audiologists also consult with parents/guardians so that these important individuals are regularly engaged throughout the treatment process and are fully informed of the audiology services provided to their children. Both parents/guardians and educational professionals are thus able to understand the unique challenges students face, provide counsel on the treatment plans, and utilize necessary devices as part of the rehabilitation plans at school.