FOR QUESTIONS OR INFORMATION PLEASE EMAIL OR CALL:

BARBARA CASSEL

Supervisor
Email Barbara
Office: 814-445-9734 Ext. 5302

DEAF & HARD OF HEARING SUPPORT

Services available through the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program include the following:

Teachers of Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Infant/Toddler (Birth to 3) Program (When staffing permits)

Hearing Evaluation for children who are referred for services (determination made by IFSP Team)

Intervention in natural settings for infants, toddlers and their families

Amplification monitoring

Parent training and support

Preschool

Hearing Evaluation for children who are referred for services (determination made by IEP Team)

Individualized instruction (in individual or group settings)

Individual hearing threshold testing, amplification system evaluation, and amplification monitoring

Preschool to School-Age transition meeting services

Parent training and support

Consultation with school personnel about hearing loss, assistive technology, how hearing loss affects learning, and communication methods

School Age

Hearing Evaluation for children who are referred for services (determination made by IEP Team)

Individualized instruction (in individual or group settings)

Individual hearing threshold testing, amplification system evaluation, and amplification monitoring

Consultation with school personnel about hearing loss, assistive technology, how hearing loss affects learning, and communication methods

School to Adult Life transition services

Assistance to school nurses with hearing screenings in the schools (When staffing permits)

Amplification System Loaner Program

Systems that are available for loan include personal FM systems, sound field systems, and desktop sound field systems

Available to loan for schools (for a 90-day trial period)

Sign Language Interpreters

EIPA Certified

American Sign Language, Pidgin Signed English

Referral process for a student with a hearing loss for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Support Services:

When a student does not pass hearing screening or parents send in current documentation (within a year)

1.The school nurse is responsible for alerting families; families referred to a medical doctor (ENT, audiologist) to document hearing loss

2.Parents send documentation of hearing loss to the school (audiogram from ENT or audiologist)

3.The school district completes and sends the following to the IU8 Hearing Support Supervisor:

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Referral Form (see below) - MUST be signed by School Administrator/Special Education Director

Documentation of hearing loss from an audiologist and/or ear-nose-throat physician

Signed "Permission to Evaluate"

Mail to: Hearing Support Program
     Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8
     Attn: Barbara Cassel, Supervisor
     609 Georgian Place
      Somerset, PA 15501