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Nancy Cattell and her daughter, Anna
“I had just registered my daughter, Anna, for kindergarten in Urbana when I heard of the unique program at what is now called the Carle Auditory Oral School. Anna is a highly spirited and adventurous child who I knew would benefit from a small class in a highly structured environment where she would receive a lot of individual attention.  Her creativity was well fed at Carle Auditory Oral School while she also learned important lessons about paying attention, waiting her turn, and focusing on the task in front of her.  I happened to know the kindergarten teacher at the school and knew that she would provide the care and structure that would help Anna tune into her intellectual capabilities by channeling her boundless energy. 

Additionally, although Anna hears perfectly, her first language was Russian and she struggled a bit with some English pronunciations. This was complicated by frequent ear infections and resultant temporary hearing loss which delayed speech acquisition.  Anna benefited from the phenomenally trained teachers, overcame her speech problems and did not require speech therapy when she entered the public school system the following year. 

The opportunity to attend school with a diverse group of children provided a wonderful affirmation of our family values to embrace diversity and practice inclusion.  Anna developed friends at Carle Auditory Oral School who hear and friends who are hearing impaired.  I have no doubt that when a child with a disability enters Anna’s classroom, she sees the child rather than the disability.  She has learned new ways to solve communication problems and she has learned to accommodate to her friend’s special needs, as in “mom we need to go to Meadowbrook with my friends because the play equipment isn’t plastic.”  She knows that the plastic equipment creates static in the hearing aids and automatically works to create an environment where all can have fun.   I also believe she will help others who may avoid connection with those who are different to become more inclusive.
 
I believe there is no safer school any where.  The team at Carle Auditory Oral School is very concerned with safety.  They won’t let the interns alone with the kids and the orchestration of field trips to ensure the safety of the children is astounding.   Because the class size is so small, the teachers are very available to parents and worked closely with me.  Unfortunately, they spoiled me for the experience in public schools where there are 20+ in a class!  I absolutely recommend this program.  We all made friends—the parents are a very close-knit group who support one another and who are dedicated to creating the best possible educational experience for their child.

Anna is now finishing first grade in Urbana and doing well.  She was very well prepared for school this year and has excelled at academics.  And, she has fond memories of her kindergarten year at Carle Auditory Oral School.  She will always remember the “dress up dance” where young ladies and gentlemen danced together in gowns and suits.  She’ll also remember the field trip to the Children’s Museum in Bloomington where she got to practice walking on crutches and the trip to the zoo in Indianapolis where she petted sharks.”

Nancy Cattell, Ph.D. and mother of Anna

   
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