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The SOUNDWAVES program provides in-depth educational support to students, parents, educators and other professionals.

Advancements in early detection of hearing loss and hearing technology have allowed more children with hearing impairment to participate in the general (mainstream) regular education classroom in both public and private schools. 

The Educational Liaison works on behalf of children with hearing loss by collaborating with students, parents, educators, and other professionals, to ensure positive educational outcomes.

Families are supported in a variety of ways, including but not limited to, the following:

  • Assistance with finding appropriate schools (public or private)
  • Information provided to parents regarding the laws and rules governing the special education process, including parental rights under the IDEA (Individual’s With Disabilities Education Act)
  • On-going support throughout the school year
  • Attendance at ARD (Admission, Review, Dismissal) and “504” meetings

Many mainstream educators have not had experience with children with hearing loss, and are therefore unfamiliar with the educational needs of these students. Even teachers who have had students with hearing loss in the past, may be unfamiliar with newer technology. Through the SOUNDWAVES program, our Educational Liaison is available to provide onsite training to school faculty and staff on the topics of:

  • Hearing loss
  • Hearing technology and troubleshooting strategies
  • Educational implications of hearing loss
  • Use of strategies and accommodations for children with hearing impairment
  • Increasing auditory access to curriculum
  • Detailed explanation of a student’s hearing loss

The Educational Liaison is also available to provide a presentation about your child’s hearing loss to his or her peers and answer related questions.

Please contact Leigh Leslie with questions or to schedule a presentation at 713-337-6726 or lleslie@centerhearingandspeech.org