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  • A GATEWAY SUCCESS: AN ALUMNI PROFILE

    A GATEWAY SUCCESS: AN ALUMNI PROFILE

    A graduate student at Coppin State University, Nicholas Johnson has a myriad of interests and loves to talk about his studies, his pastimes and his life. Meeting him today, it’s hard to believe that he didn’t speak a word until he was four years old. Nicholas’ mom, Bernadette, knew that Nicholas was having trouble communicating and sought answers from every expert she could find. He had his hearing tested; it was fine. Some doctors thought he was autistic; he wasn’t. He exhibited no other apparent developmental delay; he simply didn’t speak. Eventually, Bernadette and Nicholas were referred to The Hearing and Speech Agency for speech-language therapy. READ MORE>>

  • A GATEWAY SUCCESS: GATEWAY STUDENTS GET THE ROYAL TREATMENT

    A GATEWAY SUCCESS: GATEWAY STUDENTS GET THE ROYAL TREATMENT

    The last day of school is always special for Gateway School students as the long days of summer await them. But this year was especially memorable: it was Prince and Princess Day. The children got to make crowns as a special arts & crafts project, be visited by a variety of local pageant winners and be celebrated as a prince or princess for the day. READ MORE>>

  • A Clinical Success: The World Just Opened Up

    A Clinical Success: The World Just Opened Up

    If you see Brian McBride, 15, and his twin sister, Bria, walking down the halls of Pikesville High School, you'd be hard pressed to notice what sets them apart from the rest of the students. Clad in jeans and t-shirts, they look and sound like typical teenagers. She's interested in volleyball and biology, and he's a budding football player who excels in music. READ MORE>>

  • A CIRS Success: What's Turtle in Sign Language?

    A CIRS Success: What's Turtle in Sign Language?

    When Cheyanne Vanderdonckt, a special education teacher at Moravia Park Elementary School, began planning a month of lessons on communication for her students in the first and second grade, she knew that she wanted the curriculum to focus on talking and listening. READ MORE>

  • A Clinical Success: A PRACTICAL, LIFE-AFFIRMING, COMMUNITY-MINDED DECISION

    A Clinical Success: A PRACTICAL, LIFE-AFFIRMING, COMMUNITY-MINDED DECISION

    Several years ago, I noticed that my hearing was not as good as it used to be. But I waited a bit to decide what to do. Finally, when I couldn't hear my grandchildren trying to tell me something in the car, I decided that was it. I was going to take care of it. The audiologists at The Hearing and Speech Agency were so wonderful and professional. They found me the right hearing aids and programmed them exactly for my particular hearing loss. Now, the aids make a big difference in my life. And life is worth hearing. READ MORE>>

  • A GATEWAY SUCESS: WHEN TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE

    A GATEWAY SUCESS: WHEN TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE

    Excerpt From Urbanite Magazine, January 2011 | By Robin T. Reid

    Ebony Martin watched her toddler, Connor, flick the TV off and on repeatedly. He did the same with the light switches. He'd jump almost nonstop. And he stopped talking and began uttering small sounds instead of the few words he'd been using. READ MORE>>

  • A Clinical Success: HASA'S LISTENING AND SPOKEN LANGUAGE SERVICES CHANGE LIVES

    A Clinical Success: HASA'S LISTENING AND SPOKEN LANGUAGE SERVICES CHANGE LIVES

    Meet three wonderful children whose lives have been touched by HASA’s Listening and Spoken Language Program, Little Ears, Big Voices. First, Lawrence, age 3: watch the activation of his cochlear implants and the first sounds of his young life. Then Charlotte, age 5: hear her mother tell their story and see Charlotte on a typical preschool day. And last, check out Sade’s story, age 4: learn from a father who has worked with HASA audiologists and speech-language pathologists since his daughter received her cochlear implants at 18 months of age. READ MORE>>

  • A Clinical Success: Dr. Joshua is in the House

    A Clinical Success: Dr. Joshua is in the House

    Only nine months ago, a spirited little kindergartner named Joshua Turner couldn’t draw. “All we got were big scribbles,” says his mother, Nikki Turner. And scribbles might not be such a terrible thing for a young boy, but when he has been diagnosed with autism, it can be worrisome to a parent. Would he ever learn to write? Would all fine motor skills be problematic for him? READ MORE>>

  • A GATEWAY SUCCESS: THE NATIONAL SCIENCE PROGRAM

    A GATEWAY SUCCESS: THE NATIONAL SCIENCE PROGRAM

    Gateway School was the first nonpublic school in the country to participate in the innovative BioEYES program. The school was full of excitement all week as Gateway teachers and BioEYES team members guided our students as they caught small fish in nets, peered into microscopes and petri dishes, and pointed to illustrations that matched what they saw. READ MORE>>

  • A Clinical Success: Building Communication

    A Clinical Success: Building Communication

    At 2 years old, Keshawn was a little boy who was bursting with personality, but could not express himself. A rocky start in life, including his mother abandoning him at 7 months, may have contributed to his speech delay. Whatever the root of the problem, however, his foster mother, Deborah Hope, did not wait around to see if he’d outgrow it. She arranged a speech-language evaluation at The Hearing and Speech Agency and then faithfully brought Keshawn to weekly speech therapy sessions for two years. READ MORE>>

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