Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency

Celebrating 20 Years Online 1996-2016

Programs & Services 
 
Teacher Consultants for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Our Teacher Consultants for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing work with local school districts to provide educational support for students with hearing loss in both school and home environments. They provide assistance with evaluating students for eligible services, in-service school staff regarding hearing loss and its implications, monitor educational programming and supportive accommodations, and provide direct instruction in auditory skills, language development, and self-advocacy.
 
Total Communication Program Teachers
Our Total Communication Program consists of classrooms at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Teachers in these classrooms provide direct instruction through the use of the total communication approach which utilizes English, American Sign Language, speech, auditory training, reading, writing, and assistive technology.  In addition, teachers coordinate services among staff members and facilitate the integration of students into general education classrooms.
 
Oral Program Teachers
Our Oral Program consists of a classroom at the elementary level. This program provides direct instruction through the use of the oral method, including English, speech, visual phonics, reading writing, assistive technology, speech reading and auditory training. Teachers coordinate services among staff members and facilitate the integration of students into general education classrooms.
 
Audiologist
Our Educational Audiologist works with students, parents, and school professionals to ensure that students with hearing loss are identified, evaluated, and managed to provide appropriate access to instruction in the classroom. The audiologist provides comprehensive hearing evaluations, selects, fits, and validates hearing assistive technology in the classroom, educates students about their hearing loss to support self-advocacy skills, and assists school personnel in the best practices to use with deaf/hard of hearing students.
 
Speech-Language Pathologist
Our Speech-Language Pathologist works with students who attend the Total Communication Center-Based Program, while also offering support to parents and educators. The Speech-Language Pathologist assesses the students' communication skills and how these impact their ability to learn in a general education setting.  Instruction can include the areas of articulations, receptive and expressive language, auditory processing, speech reading, pragmatic language (social use of language), and functional communication.
 
Interpreters 
Our Educational Interpreters effectively communicate classroom information between the teacher, the Deaf/Hard of Hearing student and other hearing students according to the language level of the student and the goals of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP). In addition to the traditional school day, interpreters may also assist with extra-curricular school-based activities when appropriate. 
 
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