Full Family EngagementSchool Outreach & Support
We are pleased to partner with school systems and families to develop comprehensive programs to meet the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing within their neighborhood school. Our certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialists and educational audiologists work with the educators and parents to create a customized program.
A Team Approach
Our School Outreach and Support program offers assistance to both the student and the educators at the child’s neighborhood school. Our expertise on hearing loss and its impact on language and academic skills ensures that any challenges the student faces are addressed quickly.
Support for all ages
Thriving In Their Environment
Each year we have children graduate from our WISE preschool program with speech and language skills comparable to those of children their age. While this is a wonderful accomplishment, many of these children have been listening for two years or less. The transition into a kindergarten classroom with a larger number of children and more noise can be an overwhelming experience for our young listeners. WISE is pleased to offer comprehensive support for our graduates as they transition to their neighborhood schools.
Consultation For Teachers & Staff
There are educators who may be welcoming children utilizing Listening and Spoken Language, (LSL), to their classrooms for first time. Even if these students are not our graduates, WISE can offer the support you need. For the 2019-2020 school year, we have successfully partnered with 14 school systems across the state.
School Outreach & Support Goals
Through our School Outreach & Support (SOS) program, WISE offers services that include:
- assessment of the impact of auditory function on language and communication, including speech, language, listening, and listening in noise skills, to determine classroom communication abilities
- classroom observations and recommendations regarding optimizing the learning environment for the child with hearing loss
- selection and fitting of Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT, previously known as FM systems)
- annual and/or periodic evaluations to monitor skill development and rate of progress
- consultations with teachers and staff to orient them to the unique needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing and communicate through Listening and Spoken Language
- consultation regarding the development of Individualized Educational Plans
- direct LSL therapy with a Certified LSL Auditory Verbal Therapist or Auditory Verbal Educator
- speech language therapy with LSL competent speech pathologists who have completed extensive training and mentoring with a Certified LSL Specialist
- self-advocacy instruction for students
WISE offers our Educational Partners ongoing support through training and mentoring staff members on the student’s educational team. WISE has experienced Listening and Spoken Language Specialists/Cert. AVTs and LSL Cert AVEds who can conduct weekly Listening and Spoken Language sessions. Sessions can be conducted onsite at the school, at the WISE campus, via tele-therapy or with a mixed model. WISE’s Educational Audiologists support the communication access needs of students who have hearing differences while also providing schools with data through comprehensive assessments important for intervention planning and documenting needs across all school settings. Audiologists are the professionals singularly qualified to select and fit all forms of amplification, including hearing assistive technology (HAT, previously known as FM systems). Our goal is to help the students and their school professionals develop a program tailored to address the student’s unique needs.
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We have successfully partnered with schools across the state of Alabama. For more information please email our director, Nancy Gregg with the information below.
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The Woolley Institute for Spoken-Language Education (WISE), is a 501 © not for profit organization dedicated to teaching deaf children to speak. We are a statewide, family focused program working in collaboration with Alabama’s Early Intervention System, local school systems, and private and public entities which advance the education of deaf children who use listening and spoken language.