Virtual Learning Begins for Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing at Preschool
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Virtual Learning Begins for Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing at Preschool

 

Thursday, April 23, 2020

As our communities and nation face the extraordinary and unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis, we at Boys Town are changing our services to adjust to the pandemic. Because we are currently unable to serve children in a fixed learning environment, we are using technology to reach the children.​

Boys Town National Research Hospital’s Early Education Services – part of the Center for Childhood Deafness, Language and Learning – is working hard to develop virtual lesson plans and recording videos for the families they serve. The two programs that are providing virtual e-learning are the Preschool Program and the Parent-Infant Early Intervention Program. Each of these services provides comprehensive programs and learning for infants and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Children who are deaf or hard of hearing are at risk for speech and language delays which may impact their current and future academic success. They often require intensive educational intervention​s to make sure their learning keeps pace with their peers who are hearing. Providing services during this time is critical to support their ongoing growth and development.

“We want to make sure families can continue to support their children’s development during this time.,” said Cathy Carotta, Director of Clinical, Educational and Outreach Programs at the Center for Childhood Deafness, Language and Learning. “We can do this naturally by providing parents with suggestions for supporting their children’s language and listening development using regular home routines.”

Our counseling team for deaf or hard of hearing students is also providing tele-counseling services to those students who were previously enr​olled in services. These services are provided through a contract with ESU #3.

The Center for Childhood Deafness, Language and Learning is also continuing to provide Pediatric Speech-Language Therapy for their students as well as community patients via virtual visits. Early intervention for children who struggle with speech and language development is important for their future success with reading, talking and learning. Our mission with these services is to make sure any child with speech, language, or communication needs can access support during the COVID-19 outbreak.

To learn more about the programs and services offered for children at the Center for Childhood Deafness, Language and Learning, visit our website.

Resources for Families

Check out these examples of at home activities provided by our preschool teachers. These sensory, art and music guides can be enjoyed by families regardless of hearing ability.