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Beachwood City Schools

Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Services


Speech and Language Therapy
Every child in the program may receive speech and/or language therapy: Through ongoing evaluation, speech and language skills are assessed continually to identify appropriate goals and objectives. The speech and language pathologist uses a variety of approaches to establish appropriate use of voice, develop and maintain speech/language skills, and enhance overall communication. Speech and language services include speech production, receptive/expressive language, auditory training, speech reading, and social use of language. Therapy is provided individually, in small groups, and in the classroom.
A full-range of services is provided at all levels. The interpreter facilitates communication in all educational settings. Additional interpreting services are available as needed for all school-related activities.
A comprehensive range of audiology services is available, including hearing tests; hearing aid evaluations; earmold and hearing aid maintenance; management of assistive listening technology, including FM systems; teacher/family inservice; consultation; and student education.
The school psychologist provides individual evaluations, consultation with school and community personnel, individual and group counseling, and intervention with parents.
Physical Therapy
The therapist evaluates and works the student directly or through consultative services in areas such as strength, flexibility, balance and movement. There is a strong emphasis on carrying these skills over into daily living activities. Equipment adaptations are made, if necessary, to facilitate performance of daily tasks.
Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy includes direct or consultative services to address the functional needs of the child related to self-help skills, adaptive behavior and play, and sensory motor and postural development. Therapists work in collaboration with specialists and teachers to develop perceptual skills, hand function, handwriting, and task-completion abilities.
The Beachwood D/HH program emphasizes the use of many communication modalities:
  • American Sign Language: ASL is a manual visual language with bonafide grammatical rules and vocabulary used by members of the deaf community.
  • Speech and Speech Reading: These are important aspects of communication. Many deaf and hard-of-hearing children learn speech and use speech (lip) reading in the Beachwood program.
  • Amplification and Auditory Training: With hearing aids, cochlear implants and FM listening enhancement systems, children are able to use residual hearing to their greatest advantage.