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Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Program Overview

  • The Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) program at Canyon Vista Elementary School utilizes a total communication approach (Spoken English and Signing Exact English). 
  • Through intensive multi-sensory academic and social guidance, students are taught strategies to communicate effectively.
  • Each student’s long term goal of general education is a gradual process; most often beginning in our preschool program and progressing towards complete general education integration in elementary grades.
  • The DHH program is supported by a team of specialists who collaborate to address student needs. Program specific staff includes credentialed DHH teachers, Speech and Language Pathologist with DHH training/experience, Psychologist, Audiologist, Independence Facilitators with sign experience, and Signing Interpreters.

Preschool Curriculum

  • In collaboration with CUSD Early Childhood Education, our DHH Preschool Students are taught along side peers that present with age appropriate language skills to provide examples of typical communicative behavior.
  • Multimodal instruction provides a sensory approach to achieving The California Preschool Foundations for Learning.
  • Individualized Education Program Goals are aligned to age and grade appropriate readiness skills.
  • Thematic learning emphasizes preschool learning domains.
  • Emphasis on self-advocacy skills.
  • Opportunities to apply social emotional skills and problem solving following structured lessons in social communication and associative play language. 

Elementary Education

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teachers and General Education Teachers collaborate to incorporate and implement accommodations and modifications which provide access to the state standards and core curriculum.
  • Educational teams comprised of DHH specialist, general education teachers, interpreters, independence facilitators and specialists in speech/language and audiology work together in a variety of educational environments to support student success.
  • Communication and interaction is strongly encouraged between all students school-wide, regardless of communicative ability, preference of communication mode or proficiency.
  • Individualized needs/goals in academics, communication, social and self-advocacy skills are supported and monitored throughout the students’ educational careers.

Speech and Audiology

Speech and Language Pathologists provide:

  • Intensive speech and language intervention with a strong auditory component.
  • Collaboration between families and staff exists to provide opportunities to enhance a child’s communication skills and generalize to all environments.
  • In - class speech, language, and auditory lessons provide carryover opportunities.

Audiologist provides:

  • Audiological support & assessment for access to educational programs.

Parent Support

  • SEE (Signing Exact English) Parent Course provides parents an opportunity to develop a sight word vocabulary, thematic curriculum-related vocabulary, conversation skills, fingerspelling and fluency.
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