Children’s Hearing & Speech Centre of BC is considered a clinical and educational centre for a number of reasons. The clinical aspects of listening (audiology), language and speech challenges (Speech and Language Pathology) and complex needs (Occupational Therapy) only describe part of a whole child. A child is a member of a busy, interesting and challenging world, filled with many people and many opportunities. What kind of an adult will that child become?
A developmental and educational approach to growth is how a child learns to be a critical thinker, a learner, a friend, a productive participant in an ever-changing world. Those skills don’t happen in a clinical setting. They happen in a vibrant and age- appropriate learning space with a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing who is an expert in listening, language and speech for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. The other member of that team is an Early Childhood Educator who knows typical development. Together those professionals facilitate engagement, independence and confidence. Thematically planned units focus on language development, with a cognitively-based curriculum as the vehicle that helps children gather and organize information across all areas of learning as specified in their Individual Educational Plans (IEPs.).
Children’s Hearing & Speech Centre of BC curriculum pairs linguistic proficiency with academics. Guided by the B.C. core curriculum and standards, our kindergarten and primary classes focus on readiness, and include the following: reading, writing, math, science, social studies, physical fitness, music and pragmatics/social skills. With each child’s individualized goals as a guideline, we offer various services that support development where needed, including 1:1 Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy sessions.
We believe that children who are deaf and hard of hearing, regardless of their degree of hearing loss, can learn to listen and speak. Our small staff/student ratio ensures a comprehensive educational program in an acoustically appropriate and nurturing environment intended to optimize the acquisition of listening and speaking skills.
The school promotes and strongly encourages active parent involvement including participation in individual sessions with their child and their child’s teacher. Parents take part in weekly class meetings, take home activities and communication books that ensure consistency in learning and expectations at school and at home. Parental involvement is an integral component to each child’s success.
Our ultimate goal is for each child to learn alongside their hearing peers in their neighbourhood school, so that the opportunities and choices are limitless.