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Mainstreaming

MAINSTREAM SUPPORT is offered to our students during three critical periods.

I. Getting them ready to go.

As a child approaches age appropriate levels in spoken language and academic skills, we can begin to prepare for transition back to your local school. A goal of the program is to prepare children for successful transition into their neighborhood schools. A large component of this goal, academic and communication skills, is addressed throughout a child’s placement at CAOS. Other skills are not appropriate until a child prepares for transition. Examples include: - improving child's ability to understand in noisy environments, developing independence in using and reporting function of hearing devices, including FM systems, increasing awareness of, and strategies for repairing communication breakdowns in larger group situations. Solidifying these types of skills make children more independent and successful in their local schools. When children with hearing loss can report and advocate for themselves, parents and teachers can breathe a sigh of relief and focus on continued academic learning.

II. Building the bridge to the future.

Several months before a child transitions back to their neighborhood school, Carle Auditory Oral School staff make a visit to the new school to learn about the school culture and make recommendations for ongoing services, accommodations, training and equipment needed to ensure a successful transition. CAOS staff and parents also participate in the IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meetings and provide support for goal development, as well as the areas mentioned above.

III. Ensuring they stay on the right path.

Once children have successfully transitioned to their local schools, continued support is available. Many school districts include these mainstream support services in the IEP and provide funding for them. Examples of mainstream support services include: full day observation of the child's access to and participation in social and educational opportunities across school settings, staff in-service on a variety of topics related to hearing loss, participation in IEP meetings, support for targeting speech, language and listening skills directly related to hearing loss in therapy and in the classroom, and semi-annual comprehensive speech-language evaluations. After school therapy is also available for children with hearing loss.

   
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