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Specialty services for infants/toddlers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program has created this list to help inform parents about options available to their family. The descriptions were written by the providers.

Every child who is deaf or hard of hearing is eligible to receive early intervention services. In addition, services are available from Specialty Service Providers who have special skills and knowledge around hearing loss and are trained to work with families of children with hearing loss. Families exploring communication options can request services from more than one Specialty Service Provider. Talk with your service coordinator about whether Specialty Services might be helpful to your child and family.

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Boston Children’s Hospital at Waltham Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA 02453
(781) 216-2215 Voice
(781) 647-8913 TTY
(781) 647-8914 Fax
www.childrenshospital.org

Contact person

Dr. Terrell Clark, Director

Geographic region served

New England

Profile of children served

Any child with identified hearing loss, from infancy through late adolescence

Mission statement

Through clinical, consultative, teaching and research activities, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program serves as a locus for arranging and conducting interdisciplinary evaluations, facilitating connections with agencies and educational facilities, sharing information, and providing guidance for families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Services provided to infants/toddlers who are deaf/hard of hearing

  • Parent guidance and family support following diagnosis;
  • Developmental assessments of infants/toddlers;
  • Evaluations prior to transition from EI to preschool

Services provided to parents of young children

  • Individualized parent education
  • Anticipatory guidance
  • Support

Staffing

  • Psychologists
  • Speech/language pathologists
  • Audiologists
  • Child psychiatrist
  • Developmental pediatrician

Boston Public Schools — Mainstream Team for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Boston Public Schools, Office of Special Education & Student Support
443 Warren Street, Suite 4
Dorchester, MA 02121
(617) 635-8125 Voice
(617) 635-8027 Fax

Contact person

Geographic region served

Boston Public Schools

Profile of children served

Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, ages 3 to 21, attending Boston Public Schools.

Mission statement

We strive to partner with parents, teachers, school specialists, and administration as well as the student’s hospital clinicians, to provide schools with the knowledge and training necessary to successfully support the students in their selected school or placement. Our goal is to provide students with the appropriate amount of support and services in order for each student to achieve his/her maximum potential.

Services provided to infants and toddlers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

We serve students ages 3 to 21, who attend the majority of BPS schools and Head Start programs in collaboration with Boston Public Schools. Our team provides educational audiologic services, diagnostic speech-language and listening evaluations, teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing services, student observations, hearing assistive technology training and support, and cochlear implant aural rehabilitation.

Services provided to parents of young children

Individualized parent education and support to address hearing, communication goals, and support through the education plan process.

Staffing

  • Educational audiologist
  • Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Certified listening and spoken language specialist/auditory-verbal therapist

The Children’s Center for Communication — Beverly School for the Deaf

Parent Infant Program
6 Echo Avenue
Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 927-7070 Voice/TTY
(978) 927-6536 Fax
www.cccbsd.org

Contact person

Robin Hough
V/TTY: (978) 927-7070 ext. 201

Geographic region served

30-mile radius of Beverly, Massachusetts

Profile of children served

Beverly School for the Deaf serves children ages birth to twenty two years who are deaf or hard of hearing, children with special communication needs who may benefit from a combined auditory/visual presentation of language, children who are multiply involved with a hearing loss.

Mission statement

The Parent-Infant Program of the Beverly School for the Deaf provides services to families with children who are deaf, hard of hearing or hearing from birth to three years of age. We are a family centered program and we view the whole child within the context of the entire family. We provide educational support for families learning about hearing loss, hearing aids, cochlear implants, speech, language, audition (listening) development and communication options. We provide oral (speech), ASL (signed) and bilingual options. If the bilingual approach is chosen, we use both American Sign Language and spoken English, practicing language separation. We strive to support a variety of home languages, including Spanish and Portuguese, using multilingual and multicultural materials.

Services provided to infants/toddlers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

  • In-home individual/family communication (speech/language/audition) sessions
  • Assessments
  • Participation in community groups

Services provided to parents of young children

  • Individualized parent education and support
  • Group opportunities for parental education and support
  • Sign Language classes
  • Opportunity to meet adults who are Deaf

Staffing

  • Certified teachers of the Deaf
  • Certified special education teachers
  • Sign language instructors
  • Consultation from other school staff including:
    • Audiologist
    • Speech/language pathologist
    • Nurse
    • Occupational therapist
    • Physical therapist
    • Instructional media specialist

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech

Round Hill Road
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-3450 Voice/TTY
(413) 584-8273
www.clarkeschools.org
info@clarkeschools.org

Contact person

Marian Hartblay

Geographic region served

Massachusetts, with emphasis on Western Massachusetts on the main campus

Profile of children served

Children ages birth to eighth grade, who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families

Mission Statement

Clarke provides deaf and hard of hearing children with the listening, learning and spoken language skills they need to succeed. Clarke partners with parents to provide the skills, knowledge and support they need to help their children reach their full potential. Clarke’s mission is to provide a unique array of comprehensive diagnostic, educational, and technological programs, products and services based on our listening and spoken language approach to individuals with hearing loss, their families and providers.

Services provided to infants/toddlers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

  • Audiological services/hearing tests
  • Cochlear implant assessments
  • Auditory training
  • Comprehensive evaluations
  • Speech and language development
  • Toddler groups

Services provided to parents of young children

Individualized parent education and support and group opportunities for parent education and support

Staffing

  • Teachers of the Deaf
  • Audiologists
  • Early childhood educators
  • Speech/language pathologists

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech — Boston campus

1 Whitman Road
Canton, MA 02021-2707
(781) 821-3499 Voice
(781) 821-3904 TTY
(781) 821-3905 Fax
info@clarkeschools.org
www.clarkeschools.org

Contact person

Dr. Barbara Hecht

Geographic region served

Eastern Massachusetts

Profile of children served

Children ages birth to six who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families.

Mission statement

Clarke provides deaf and hard of hearing children with the listening, learning and spoken language skills they need to succeed. Clarke partners with parents to provide the skills, knowledge and support they need to help their children reach their full potential. Clarke’s mission is to provide a unique array of comprehensive diagnostic, educational, and technological programs, products and services based on our auditory/oral approach to individuals with hearing loss, their families and providers.

Services provided to infants/toddlers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Individualized, family-centered auditory, speech and language sessions (center-based, home-based, tele practice), infant and toddler groups, educational audiology consultation

Services provided to parents of young children

  • Individualized parent education and support
  • Parent-infant and parent-toddler group
  • Opportunities for parent education and support
  • Family social gatherings

Staffing

  • Teachers of the Deaf
  • Speech/language pathologists
  • Early childhood educators
  • Audiologists

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialty Program at Minute Man Arc Early Intervention Program

1269 Main Street
Concord, MA 01742
(978) 287-7950 Voice

Contact person

Linda Roth

Geographic region served

Eastern and Central Massachusetts

Profile of children served

Children who are deaf or hard of hearing ages birth to three and their families

Mission statement

To provide parents of deaf and Hard of Hearing children the opportunity to share their experience with other parents. To provide a nurturing environment in a playgroup setting that enhances the overall development of children. To educate parents about hearing loss and its implications on family, child development and education.

Services provided to infants/toddlers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

  • Parent child playgroup and toddler group (including community peers)
  • Individual speech/language/auditory therapy

Services provided to parents of young children

  • Parent group
  • Sign Language classes
  • Guest speakers
  • Educational seminars

Staffing

  • Developmental educators
  • Speech therapists
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Social workers
  • Teacher of the Deaf

Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Parent Infant Program: Boston
40 Armington Street
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 635-8534
(617) 206-4613 VP
www.bostonpublicschools.org/horacemann

Contact person

Geographic region served

Boston and surrounding communities

Profile of children served

Children who are Deaf or hard of hearing ages birth to 22 years old and their families.

Mission statement

Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is committed to providing families with a comprehensive parent-centered program that offers support and assistance to families during the first three years of their child’s life. Our approach aligns with recent research that proves dual language is the best approach for deaf and hard of hearing children to acquire language. We are dedicated to providing support for parents in giving their children access to the full range of language opportunities they need to thrive.

Services provided to infants/toddlers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

  • Home and community visits
  • Family and child playgroups
  • American Sign Language assessment
  • ASL and spoken English language acquisition support
  • Diagnostic evaluations

Services provided to parents of young children

Individualized family education and support, family playgroups and support group, home and community visits, ASL instruction, opportunities to meet Deaf adults, transition support

Staffing

Our Parent Infant Program offers families the opportunity to consult Licensed Teachers of the Deaf, Speech/Language Pathologists, ASL Specialist, Audiologist, and Psychologist

The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC)

Parent Infant Program
848 Central Street
Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 879-5110 Voice
(774) 999-0929 Video Phone
(508) 405-1360 Fax
Inquiries@tlcdeaf.org
www.tlcdeaf.org

Contact person

Sarah Honigfeld

Geographic region served

Most of Massachusetts — contact us for specific regions.

Profile of children served

Children who are deaf or hard of hearing with any level of auditory access and technology, aged birth to 3 years old and their families.

Mission statement

The Parent Infant Program at The Learning Center for the Deaf provides support and training for both the deaf or hard of hearing child and his or her parents/guardians as well as other family members. Families are referred to us through their local Early Intervention centers and are invited to participate in child playgroups, family support groups, home visits with a certified Early Intervention provider or Parent Infant Program Educator, individual sessions with a licensed Speech/Language Pathologist and classes in American Sign Language. Services received through the Parent Infant Program will be incorporated into a child’s IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan). Our “PIP” program is housed in our comprehensive Early Childhood Center, serving children from infancy through kindergarten. Our staff is trained and our facility is well designed to meet the developmental needs of young children. Home visits are provided throughout the state, depending on each family’s needs and availability of services. Our mission is to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing students achieve their full potential in an educational environment where language and communication are keys to building competence, character and community.

Services provided to infants/toddlers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

  • Infant and toddler playgroups
  • Home and community visits
  • Center visits
  • Speech and language services
  • American Sign Language assessments.

Services provided to parents of young children

  • Individualized family education and support
  • Home and community visits
  • Observations and ASL assessments
  • Family language planning
  • Family support groups

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Auditory Rehabilitation Center, Audiology Department

Services provided in two locations:

  • Boston
    243 Charles Street
    Boston, MA 02114
    (617) 573-3266 Voice
    (617) 573-3023 Fax
  • Stoneham
    1 Montvale Avenue, Suite 203
    Stoneham, MA 02180
    (617) 573-5630 Voice
    (617) 573-5644 Fax
    www.masseyeandear.org/specialties/audiology

Contact person

Cheryl Bakey

Geographic region served

New England

Profile of children served

Children with mild through profound hearing loss

Mission statement

The Auditory Rehabilitation Center in the Audiology Department of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is a specialized program that focuses on providing comprehensive care to children with hearing loss and their families. We assist parents and involved professionals in understanding hearing loss and the range of choices available to families. Our goal is to have all children with hearing loss receive the appropriate services as infants and to have the opportunity to reach their potential.

Services provided to infants/toddlers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

  • Communication evaluations
  • Speech-Language-Listening therapy
  • Audiological evaluations
  • Hearing aid fittings

Services provided to parents of young children

  • Individualized parent support and education
  • Opportunities for group support.

Staffing

  • Audiologists
  • Speech-language pathologists

Reads Collaborative

Regional Educational Assessment and Diagnostic Services
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program
64 West Main Street
Norton, MA 02766
(508) 947-3634 x303 Voice
(508) 923-8677 VP
(508) 286-2641 Fax
www.readscollab.org

Contact person

Evelyn Rankin, Program Director

Geographic region served

Southeastern Massachusetts

Member school districts

  • Abington
  • Acushnet
  • Berkley
  • Bridgewater-Raynham Regional
  • Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical
  • Carver
  • Dighton-Rehoboth Regional
  • East Bridgewater
  • Freetown-Lakeville Regional
  • Marion
  • Mattapoisett
  • Middleboro
  • Norton
  • Rochester
  • Somerset
  • Somerset-Berkley
  • Taunton
  • West Bridgewater

Profile of children served

Children who are deaf or hard of hearing, ages birth to 22, and their families through partnerships with local Early Intervention agencies and Public School districts.

Mission Statement

To maximize each child’s potential and to assist the family in developing the child’s communication. READS DHH is committed to providing and educational environment that ensures full development of cognitive and academic skills and provides a spectrum of communication opportunities for the students.

Services provided to infants/toddlers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Individualized services for children and families that may include any of the following:

  • Parent support
  • Speech/language therapy
  • Educational programming
  • Sign language instruction
  • Cochlear implant habilitation
  • Language groups
  • Diagnostic evaluations.

Services provided to parents of young children

  • Individualized family education and support
  • Family support groups

Staffing

  • Speech/language pathologists
  • Certified teachers of the Deaf
  • Certified Listening & Spoken Language Specialist
  • Early childhood educators
  • Consulting Deaf educators.

Thayer Lindsley Family-Centered Program, Emerson College

Robbins Speech Language and Hearing Center
216 Tremont Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 824-8323 Voice
(617) 824-8307 TTY
(617) 824-8733 Fax
robbins_center@emerson.edu
www.emerson.edu

Contact person

Lauren Unflat Berry, MS SLP-CCC, CEIS, LSLS Cert AVT

Note

The Thayer Lindsley Family-Centered Program is one of the specialty programs under the Robbins Speech, Language and Hearing Center at Emerson College

Geographic region served

50-60 mile radius of Boston (outlying suburbs, including Rhode Island and New Hampshire)

Profile of children served

Children who are Deaf or hard of hearing, ages birth to three, and their families, who are enrolled in early intervention

Mission statement

To empower parents to effectively deal with the far-reaching impact of their child’s hearing loss…upon the child, the family, and themselves. By so doing, parents are better able to face the unique issues and decisions they must make.

Services provided to infants/toddlers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

  • Individual speech/language/hearing/communication therapy sessions
  • Toddler group
  • Parent/infant group
  • Community outings

Services provided to parents of young children

  • Individualized parent education and support
  • Parent support groups
  • Educational seminars

Staffing

  • Speech/language pathologists
  • Early childhood special educator
  • Habilitative audiologist

Tufts Medical Center, Floating Hospital for Children Pediatric Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant Pr.

800 Washington St, Box 850
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 636-2820 Voice
(617) 636-1479 Fax
www.floatinghospital.org

Contact persons

Geographic region served

New England

Profile of children served

We serve any child with suspected hearing loss, from mild to profound, in the presence or absence of other developmental or medical problems, from infancy through young adulthood.

Mission statement

Our program is a multidisciplinary service providing comprehensive care for children with hearing loss and/or disorders of the inner ear who require medical evaluation and diagnosis, along with ongoing treatment and therapy. We believe that family centered care plays a vital role in each child’s success. Our team will support patients and their families along whichever path is chosen. Progress is closely monitored through Audiologic, ENT and Speech/Language services.

Services provided to infants/toddlers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

  • Diagnostic audiologic evaluations
  • Communication evaluations
  • Speech, Language and Listening Therapy
  • Auditory re/habilitation
  • Pediatric hearing aid fitting and management

Services provided to parents of young children

Individualized psychosocial and emotional support and education is provided to parents and caregivers from initial identification throughout treatment and on-going assessment and intervention continues through medical, educational, and developmental stages.

Staffing

Our team is comprised of pediatric Otolaryngologists, pediatric Audiologists, a Speech and Language Pathologist/Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist, and a Clinical Social Worker. We have the opportunity to collaborate with Developmental Pediatricians and other professionals in the Center for Children with Special Needs (CCSN) within The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.

Willie Ross School for the Deaf, Early Intervention Program

32 Norway Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106
(413) 567-0374 x124 Voice
(413) 306-3970 VP
(413) 567-8808 Fax
www.wrsdeaf.org

Contact person

Laurie Brown

Geographic region served

Western Massachusetts counties:

  • Hampden
  • Hampshire
  • Franklin
  • Berkshire

Profile of children served

Children who are deaf or hard of hearing, ages birth to 22, and their families

Mission statement

The Willie Ross School for the Deaf provides deaf and hard of hearing students access to comprehensive, evidence-based education and support services in the classroom and in the greater community. We strive for excellence and innovation. We work to maximize each individual’s intellectual, social and emotional growth.

Services provided to infants/toddlers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

It is the philosophy of our Early Intervention Program to provide support to each family’s preference for communication approach-whether it be auditory/verbal, American Sign Language (ASL), or total communication. The Early Intervention Team provides home based and center based services for families.

Services provided to parents of young children

Individualized information concerning speech, language and listening development, amplification, cochlear implants, support agencies, parent support groups, sign language instruction and transition assistance. The Early Intervention Team supports families through the transition to preschool when their child turns three.

Audiological management is available at the Curtis L. Blake Center for Audiological Services, which is located at the Longmeadow campus of Willie Ross School for the Deaf.

Staffing

  • Teachers of the Deaf
  • Audiologists
  • Speech/language pathologist
  • Interpreters
  • Social worker
  • Sign Language instructors
  • Spanish translator
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