Community outreach services are a vital part to the Center's success, reaching and teaching thousands of children and professionals annually. All of our community initiatives and programs aim to raise awareness and education to improve the lives of children with hearing loss.
Early Identification and Intervention
Throughout the year, skilled CHS audiologists and technicians visit various sites to perform hearing and speech testing for underserved children. Most of the children who participate would not be tested otherwise. In 2012, 4,347 children were screened at low-income school districts and various community centers throughout Houston.
Have an infant who's been diagnosed with hearing loss?
Introducing Jump Start to Listening
The Jump Start to Listening program aims to increase community awareness and collaboration for early identification and intervention. We provide free education services for parents and early intervention specialists about communication options and learning techniques for newly diagnosed infants and toddlers. Through this program, over 100 families and 2,000 professionals have been educated.
This education program provides training for parents and professionals in the community and at CHS on the latest issues, teaching techniques and technology. We host 2-3 conferences per year led by seasoned experts in the fields of speech pathology, audiology and deaf education.
The university training program establishes and develops relationships with local and national universities in order to train future professionals in the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology who work with children with hearing loss. We provide one of the only opportunities for students in the Houston area to observe therapy and classes with deaf children. The training also has a hands-on component which is uniquely sought after! Currently, CHS is working with:
- Baylor College of Medicine
- University of Texas at Austin
- University of Texas at Dallas
- University of Houston
- University of North Texas
- Lamar University
- Rush University
- University of North Carolina
- Vanderbilt University
- Houston Baptist University
- Texas Women's University
Please contact Erica Perez with questions on our outreach objectives.