Erin Stauder

MS, CCC-SLP 
Executive Director

Erin Stauder, M.S. CCC/SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist who is currently pursuing a PhD in educational public policy, allowing her to use evidence from the fields of economics, sociology, education, and political science to serve HASA.  Erin received both her master's and bachelor's degrees in speech-language pathology from Loyola College in Maryland. While serving as a clinical faculty member at her alma mater, Erin managed inter-professional teams, coordinated programs, and established relationships with community partners and charitable foundations.

Erin worked in special education schools, early intervention settings, and in acute care pediatric settings (including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). She was a clinical faculty member at both Loyola University Maryland and Towson University. While working as a university clinical faculty member, she supervised a diverse caseload that included non-verbal toddlers with autism and middle school students with language and literacy challenges. She was recruited to write articles for the ASHA Leader and the ASHA Leader Blog. She has also published articles in scholarly journals. Erin taught 400-600 level coursework related to speech and language typical and atypical/delayed development.

Erin was a previous member of Executive Committee for the State Interagency Coordinating Counsel for Infants and Toddlers in Maryland and is a current member of the Advisory Board for North Bend Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City. Erin is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In January 2017, she became a Professional Member of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) of speech-language pathology which recognized her as a leader in inter-professional healthcare. The NAP works as an "interdisciplinary force to influence national health policy, legislation, and promote quality healthcare through cooperative advocacy, practice, education and research."

In 2018, Erin was named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women by The Daily Record.

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

We are currently seeking a Speech-Language Pathologist; this position will be split between our Clinical Services office and Scottish Rite locations. This individual will plan and provide speech-language treatments and evaluations for clients; collaborate and consult with parents and other providers; write appropriate reports for evaluations and treatments; and maintain records of treatment, including clinical notes, attendance records, and other data. 

Candidates should have a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology and eligibility for Maryland license for Speech-Language Pathology; limited or full licensure is preferred, but CFs are welcome to apply. This position requires experience with pediatric clients; strong behavioral management skills; and strong ability to work effectively with parents, staff, and community/professional groups. 

The hours for this position will be Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
 

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

We are currently seeking a Speech-Language Pathologist for Gateway School. This individual will plan and provide speech-language treatments and evaluations for assigned students; collaborate with classroom staff to ensure carry-over of speech-language skills to the classroom environment; write appropriate reports for evaluations and treatments; collaborate with student's family to aid and improve the student's speech-language skills; consult and conference with family members; and write IEP goals and develop lessons.

Candidates should have a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. The ideal individual must have a full license for practicing Speech-Language Pathology in the state of Maryland, experience with pediatrics in a school setting, and knowledge of assistive technology. This position also requires strong behavioral management skills; commitment to meeting the needs of a diverse student population; and strong ability to work effectively with parents, staff, and community/professional groups.
 

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HASA Pre-K

Space is Limited. Enroll Today!

DOWNLOAD>> AN INFORMATIONAL FLIER

BEGIN>> THE ENROLLMENT PROCESS

WHEN? This program will begin on September 4 and will follow the Baltimore City Public School Schedule.  School days run from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Extended day options are available.

WHERE? Our campus is located at 5900 Metro Drive – the same location as Gateway School.  We have a playground, gymnasium, and a cafeteria.  Your child will leave our program comfortable in a school environment. Transportation is not provided.

HOW MUCH? This program is free for those who qualify (see income guidelines below).  Childcare vouchers can be accepted for before and aftercare.

WHO CAN COME? Your child must have his/her 4th birthday BEFORE September 1, 2018, and must turn 5 between September 2, 2018, and September 1, 2019. You must be a Maryland resident and parent/guardian must take part in parent activities during the school year. Income guidelines apply.  See chart below:

Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Income Guidelines $36,420  $49,380  $62,340 $75,300  $88,260 $101,220 $114,180  $127,140


HOW DO I APPLY? CLICK HERE>> to begin the enrollment process. Openings will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and space is very limited.  Upon receipt of the application, we will schedule a visit with the caregiver AND child to ensure that this program is a good fit for your family.

THIS PROGRAM IS FUNDED BY A GRANT FROM THE MARYLAND STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (MSDE).

School

HASA's wide range of communication-rich education services pair caring, expert staff with targeted strategies to meet each student's unique needs. 

          

     

Publications

Community Classes

HASA's Community ASL Courses are perfect for workpalces, senior living facilities, community groups, scout troops, churches, and more! A 90-minute introductory lesson is free for a limited time. Email lalbers@hasa.org to schedule your class today! 

Sign Language Classes

Learn a new language in a fun, positive environment! 

          

Therapy

In the United States, 10% of adults and children live with a speech-language disorder or delay. For some, their speech-language difficulties have little impact on their lives. But for most, especially children, an untreated speech-language disorder can lead to difficulties in school, social isolation, and progressive learning disabilities. Intervention can have a significant impact on the quality of speech and communication—and the quality of life—for most patients and their families.

Our speech-language pathologists and audiologists are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and are licensed by the Maryland Board of Examiners for Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers and Speech-Language Pathologists.

     

CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE

            

HASA evaluates and treats clients of all ages. Because of staff expertise and sophisticated technology, we can offer a variety of options for overcoming problems involving:

  • Speech/articulation
  • Oral-motor abilities 
  • Auditory processing
  • Stuttering
  • Language learning abilities 
  • Language-based reading difficulties 
  • Therapy related to cochlear implants and/or hearing loss 
  • Auditory/oral therapy
  • Accent modification

Staff

Lauren Albers Denhart, M.S.Ed. (Email)
Communications and Community Engagement Manager 

Brian Bailey-Hawkins
Office Assistant 

Carie Beam (Email)
Lead Pre-K Teacher 

Naomi Berkenbilt, LCSW-C (Email)
Social Worker

Nancy Billingslea (Email)
ASL Teacher

Tammy Black, MPA (Email)
Director of Development and Communications 

Beth Bluman (Email)
1:1 Instructional Assistant 

Amy Bopp (Email)
Sign Language Program Coordinator 

Eleni Bowden, CCC-SLP (Email) (BIO)
Speech-Language Pathologist 

Elizabeth Brown, RN (Email)
School Nurse 

Lea Carter (Email)
1:1 Instructional Assistant 

Vanessa Clark (Email)
Clinical Services Administrative Assistant 

Shanika Cothran (Email)
1:1 Instructional Assistant 

Eileen Cuttill (Email)
Executive Assistant 

Donna DeShong (Email)
Special Education Teacher 

Lindsay Dyer, OTR/L (Email)
Occupational Therapist 

Galya Elbaum, OTR/L (Email) (BIO)
Occupational Therapist 

Lauren Feinberg (Email)
Customer Service Representative, CIRS Interpreting 

Jennifer Franco (Email)
Special Education Teacher 

Sara Frederick, CCC-SLP (Email) (BIO)
Speech-Language Pathologist 

Judy Golombeck
Music Teacher 

Janna Gomelsky (Email)
Fiscal Manager 

Warren Goodling 
Physical Education Teacher

Rebecca Gordon (Email)
Customer Service Representative, CIRS Interpreting 

Tara Green (Email)
Intake/Referral Coordinator 

Gila Haor, BCBA (Email)
Behavior Specialist 

Tia Harris (Email)
Clinical Services Office Manager 

Penny Herb (Email)
1:1 Instructional Assistant 

Diana Holland (Email)
Customer Service Specialist, Administration 

Rachel Holston (Email)
1:1 Instructional Assistant 

Rachel Jacobs (Email)
1:1 Instructional Assistant 

Amanda Keanna, CCLS (Email)
Pre-K Teacher 

Chrissy Legler (Email)
ASL Teacher 

Miriam Mandel, CCC-SLP (Email) (BIO)
Speech-Language Pathologist 

Gail Marshall (Email)
1:1 Instructional Assistant 

Lisa McGrain, CCC-SLP (Email) (BIO)
Speech-Language Pathologist 

Joey Minch (Email)
Meal Program Assistant 

Jennifer Montini (Email)
1:1 Instructional Assistant 

Dylan Moore (Email)
Meal Program Assistant 

Nicole Moyd (Email)
Fiscal Manager 

Sadaf Nabeel (Email)
1:1 Instructional Assistant

Koryne Nnoli (Email)
Lead Pre-K Teacher 

Julie Norin, AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA (Email) (BIO)
Audiologist 

Sarah Oshel, PHR, SHRM-CP (Email)
HR Generalist 

Bonnie Owens (Email)
1:1 Instructional Assistant 

Shoshana Pear, CCC-SLP (Email) (BIO)
Speech-Language Pathologist 

Susan Pearl, CCC-SLP (Email)
Senior Speech-Language Pathologist 

Patricia Phillips (Email)
Administrative Assistant 

Derek Pieper, MSW (Email)
Associate Director of Development 

Rosemary Plummer (Email)
ASL Teacher 

Olga Polites, CCC-SLP (Email) (BIO)
Clinical Services Director 

Dana Reinhardt (Email) (BIO)
Education Director 

Herbert Rogers (Email)
Facilities Coordinator 

Henry Russum (Email)
Maintenance Assistant 

Jamar Scales (Email)
Customer Service Representative, CIRS Interpreting 

Celeste Segal, CCC-SLP (Email) (BIO)
Speech-Language Pathologist 

Kathryn Shute, CCC-SLP (Email) (BIO)
Senior Speech-Language Pathologist 

John Sloan, CCC-SLP (Email) (BIO)
Director, Center for Fluency Enhancement 

Amy Smith (Email)
Special Education Teacher 

Sarah Spicer, CCC-SLP (Email) (BIO)
Speech-Language Pathologist 

Erin Stauder, CCC-SLP (Email) (BIO)
Executive Director 

Dana Stoudt (Email)
Special Education Teacher 

Cassie Strickland (Email)
CIRS Interpreting Coordinator 

I-Shakeema Swain (Email)
1:1 Instructional Assistant (Email)

Carolyn Turner (Email)
1:1 Instructional Assistant 

Christine Wandishin, CCC-SLP (Email) (BIO)
Speech-Language Pathologist 

Cecelia Ward, AuD, CCC-A (Email) (BIO)
Audiologist 

Veronica Williams (Email)
Senior Administrative Assistant 

ToniAnn Wisowaty (Email)
ASL Teacher 

1:1 Instructional Assistant

We are currently seeking a 1:1 Instructional Assistant that will:

  • Provide support to the classroom teacher in the implementation of group and individual academic and behavioral goals.
  • Shadow the individual student and assist in their educational and social development.
  • Implement the Behavioral Intervention Plan, as part of the student’s IEP.
  • Assist with guidance, management, and coordination of classroom activities and activities of daily living.

This position requires:

  • Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Hearing and Speech Science, Special Education or related field; Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Experience working with children in special education.
  • Strong behavioral management skills.
  • Experience with applied behavior analytics.
  • Commitment to meeting the needs of a diverse student population.
  • Ability to provide good verbal, speech, and language models.
  • Strong ability to work effectively with parents, staff, and community/professional groups.

All new hires will be required to undergo a criminal background check, drug screen and obtain a negative reading for tuberculosis prior to their start date.

SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER

We are currently seeking a Special Education Teacher that will:

  • Create and maintain a superior academic environment.
  • Develop and implement classroom group and individual lesson plans.
  • Implement Behavior Intervention Plans and Individualized Education Plans.
  • Initiate formal and informal evaluations of student’s strength and needs.
  • Document student progress.
  • Collaborate with parents/guardians regarding student’s progress and strengths and needs.

This position requires:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Hearing and Speech Science, Special Education or related field.
  • Conditional Teaching Certificate; Certified Special Education Teacher preferred.
  • Experience working with children in special education.
  • Strong behavioral management skills.
  • Experience with applied behavior analytics.
  • Commitment to meeting the needs of a diverse student population.
  • Ability to provide good verbal, speech, and language models.
  • Strong ability to work effectively with parents, staff, and community/professional groups.

All new hires will be required to undergo a criminal background check, drug screen and obtain a negative reading for tuberculosis prior to their start date. 

Interpreting

For more than 30 years, HASA has been connecting individuals by scheduling reliable, high quality interpreting services. 

              

CIRS (Centralized Interpreter Referral Service) is a leading provider of American Sign Language and oral interpreters in Maryland. HASA’s CIRS Interpreting staff are known throughout the state for their understanding and respect for the Deaf community and for their excellent and careful matching of “the right” interpreter for the scheduled situation. Our clients appreciate our nonprofit status and reasonable rates. CIRS interpreters are available to individuals, organizations, and corporations around the clock, every day of the year by calling 410.318.6780 or cirsrep@hasa.org.

Interpreters serve as effective facilitators of communication by rendering the message faithfully and conveying both the content and the spirit of the participants’ speech. The role of the interpreter is not that of consultant, advocate, sign-language instructor, or expert on Deaf culture. CIRS interpreters make a formal commitment to abide by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of Ethics, to keep assignment-related information confidential, and to refrain from interjecting personal opinions or influence. CIRS interpreters are either certified through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf or have credentials from CIRS. Interpreters are assigned by skill level, type of sign language needed, gender preferred or other requested qualifications for each situation.

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Hearing Health

HASA audiologists provide adult and pediatric services that range from comprehensive hearing evaluations to cochlear implant candidacy evaluations. We offer customized hearing protection, as well as hearing aid evaluations, selections, and repairs. 

MEET OUR AUDIOLOGISTS

          

         

Employment

The 80+ staff members at HASA come from a variety of backgrounds. Each is dedicated to the idea that the lives of children, adults and families can be impacted in very positive ways when they are given the tools to improve communication. Whether it is diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, special education, interpreting services for the Deaf or hard of hearing or special events for parents or professionals, the work of HASA experts makes better communication happen. If you feel you qualify for any of the listings below, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you are interested in one of the openings described below, please submit an application, cover letter, and resume to

Sarah Oshel
5900 Metro Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
soshel@hasa.org 
 

Click here>>  to download an application. Save the application as a PDF if you choose to type within the application. Criminal background check and drug screening are required. The Hearing and Speech Agency is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

CURRENT OPENINGS

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

Gateway School is seeking a Speech-Language Pathologist. READ MORE>>

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

Clinical Services and Scottish Rite are seeking a Speech-Language Pathologist. READ MORE>>

SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER

Gateway School has an exciting opportunity for a Special Education Teacher. READ MORE>>

1:1 INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT

Gateway School is currently seeking a 1:1 Instructional Assistant. READ MORE>>

 


Community Initiatives

HASA provides a variety of communication-based outreach and education initiatives to individuals and groups across the country. 

               

                

Board of Directors

OFFICERS

President – Jonathan M. Pearlstein
Immediate Past President – Aaron T. Marshall, Esq.
Vice President – Mark J. Ring
Secretary – Jeff Blum 

Amanda R. Adams
SunTrust Bank

Miriam Alexander, M.D., MPH
LifeBridge Health 

Nancy Colson Alperstein
Rosedale Federal Savings & Loan Assoc.

Jeff Blum
Independent Sales and Management Consultant

Peter Bosworth
Bosworth Properties

Michelle Goddard,
Chemical Biological Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground  

Howard Hessan, M.D.
St. Agnes Hospital

Thomas J. Huber, Jr.
Community Volunteer 

Alexander Josowitz
Sterilex

Christopher J. Kelter
Maryland Board of Examiners for Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers and Speech-Language Pathologists

Gail M. Liss, Ed.D.
Community Volunteer 

James Macfadden
Community Volunteer              

Aaron T. Marshall, Esq.
Northrop Grumman 

Allison Parker-Abromitis
Parker Public Relations

Jane Passantino

Jonathan M. Pearlstein, CRPC
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Mark J. Ring
Jacob William Advisory 

Erin K. Stauder
HASA               

Miriam Zadek
Community Volunteer  

PRESIDENT'S ADVISORY COUNCIL
Theodore R. Ochs
Connections Education

Corporate Partnership - Hearing and Speech Agency

Corporate Partnership

Partner with HASA to make your workplace more accessible. From restaurants to schools, airports to senior centers, we offer customizable programs to meet your organizational needs. 

Want to learn more? Contact lalbers@hasa.org or 41.318.6780 ext. 232. 

The Whildin Society

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In 1926, Olive Whildin founded the Speech Readers’ League of Baltimore, which quickly became a popular community center for the hard of hearing. Miss Whildin later became Dr. Whildin as she graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1934. The daughter of Deaf missionaries, Dr. Whildin was a Baltimore native committed to advocacy for education and services for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing. Dr. Whildin’s methods of educating Deaf students are sometimes called into question as being anti-sign or otherwise oppressive, but throughout her career Dr. Whildin learned, developed, and grew as an educator.

For 91 years, HASA has taken on many names and identities. Today, we are proud to empower our clients to communicate in the way that is right for them. Our founder, Dr. Olive Whildin, had these same ideals when she founded The Speech Readers' League of Baltimore. Although HASA promotes individual choice, not speech reading (or lipreading) exclusively, we still stand behind the revolutionary spirit of Dr. Whildin. She worked to provide communication services, build a community, and create change, just as we do today. The Whildin Society honors Dr. Whildin’s tremendous accomplishments and commitment to providing quality services in HASA’s earliest days. Becoming a member of The Whildin Society demonstrates your commitment to quality service, community, and care. Join today and become a supporter of communication for all.

Shoshana Pear

MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Shoshana joined the Hearing and Speech Agency’s team of speech-language pathologists in August 2016. She works both in HASA’s main clinical department, as well as at the Gateway School, providing speech-language evaluations and therapy to pediatric clients of all ages. She received her Masters of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University.

Her clinical experience includes assessment and treatment of speech and language disorders for pediatric clients. Her areas of expertise include: high and low tech AAC (augmentative and alternative communication), autism spectrum disorders, preschool and school age children, expressive/receptive language disorders, and articulation and/or phonological disorders.  

Shoshana is licensed by the State of Maryland and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Hearing Loss and Aging

HEARING AND YOUR HEALTH WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

Medical providers are increasingly encouraging patients to attend to their hearing loss. Why? More and more research conducted into hearing loss shows greater implications for senior patients than just trouble hearing. Hearing loss is now being associated with other potentially more serious health problems. So what do you need to know in order to ensure healthy hearing and healthy living in the future?

 

HEARING LOSS AND DIABETES

Researchers have proven a strong association between hearing loss in older patients and an increased risk in contracting Type 2 diabetes. In a study conducted testing participants’ hearing in order to determine if there was a link, researchers discovered that diabetics are 2.15 times more likely to have hearing loss than people without diabetes. Additional studies indicate that diabetes may in fact lead to sensorineural hearing loss by causing damage to the nerves and blood vessels in the inner ear. This is why it is important for patients to report any hearing loss to their doctor and to monitor the progression of hearing loss for the patient’s overall health.

HEARING LOSS AND RISK OF FALLING

To decrease a patient’s risk of falling, physicians recommend patients monitor their diet and exercise, get their vision tested regularly, and are mindful of medications that cause dizziness or light-headedness. Another contributing factor linked to a patient’s risk of falling is loss of hearing. In a review of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, researchers found that individuals with hearing loss were at a greater risk of falling. Reportedly people between the ages of 40 and 69 with hearing loss at 25 decibels were nearly three times more likely to have a history of falling. For every 10 decibels greater, that risk increased 1.4 times. The causal link between hearing loss and an individual’s falls risk is well established. Patients are encouraged to get their hearing tested and to talk to their doctor about preventing injury due to falls.

HEARING LOSS AND COGNITIVE DECLINE

Hearing loss, if left untreated, contributes to an increased risk for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. In a recent study conducted by Dr. Frank Lin, it was concluded that the progression of hearing loss has a strong link to a patient’s cognitive decline; with greater hearing loss, patients experienced more severe mental decline and a greater likelihood of developing a cognitive disorder. The results of this study revealed that older patients with hearing loss had greater shrinkage of brain tissue and atrophy in parts of the brain that play key roles in memory and sensory integration. These results were similar to the damage seen in brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. It is vital, therefore, that patients are informed about the benefits of regular hearing tests and treatment with hearing aids in order to preserve brain health and cognitive function.

A BASELINE HEARING TEST IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP IN PRESERVING YOUR HEARING HEALTH. MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY.

Success Stories & Testimonials

Freelance Interpreters

Prospective interpreters should complete an application found at: https://cirs.ersp.biz/employment. You will be contacted once the application is complete to set up an interview or screening.

Pre-Certified Interpreters must meet the following minimum requirements:

Completion of ITP and 2-3 years of documented interpreter work experience  OR 3-5 years documented interpreter work experience if an ITP has NOT been completed.

-AND-

Successful completion of the written portion of the NIC or validation of alternative pathway towards certification

Please contact us via email with any additional questions.

Sara Frederick

MS Ed, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Sara Frederick began at the Hearing and Speech Agency in September 2016. She received her Master’s of Science in Education in Speech-Language Pathology from Old Dominion University and her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, with a minor in Psychology from Towson University. 

Ms. Frederick provides diagnostic and treatment services within HASA’s clinical program as well as within parochial elementary schools in the Baltimore City district. She also serves on a multidisciplinary team to evaluate the speech, language, social, and adaptive skills of infants and toddlers. Her clinical experience includes assessment and treatment for children and adults with articulation, expressive and receptive language, vocal health and hygiene, voice and communication feminization, literacy, and social/pragmatic goals.

Sara is licensed by the State of Maryland, and she is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
 

Speech & Language Milestones - Hearing and Speech Agency

Speech & Language Milestones

AGES 0 - 2 YEARS

As they grow, children develop new skills.  Use this tool to check your child’s speech development.

  • 6 months:
    Makes different, playful sounds (babbles); laughs, gurgles, coos with familiar people; reacts to voices; babbles for attention.
  • 8 months:
    Produces 4 or more sounds; uses syllables such as ba, da; listens to own and others’ vocalizations; tries to imitate sounds.
  • 10 months:
    May say “mama” and “dada”; shouts for attention; babbles as if speaking; repeats syllables or sequences of sound.
  • 12 months:
    Says 2 to 3 words besides “mama” or “dada”; imitates familiar words/sounds; connects objects with sound (dog says “woof”); vocalizes for enjoyment; practices words; discriminates between sounds.
  • 18 months:
    Uses 10 to 20 words; combines words to form concepts (“all gone”); uses words to vocalize wants (“more”); imitates words/sounds more accurately; practices words and combinations.
  • 2 years:
    Has “conversations” with self or toys; sentence length is 2 to 3 words; uses negative phrases (“no want”); forms plurals of object by adding “s”; has around 200 words in vocabulary. 

AGES 2 - 5 YEARS

Children's skills change and develop as they get older. Is your child on track in speech and language development?

  • 2 ½ years:
    Has a vocabulary of about 450 words; is able to give his/her first name; uses past tense and plurals; uses short sentences to announce his or her actions (“me do it” or “me want it”); refers to self as “me”; talks to children and adults.
  • 3 years:
    Knows words “night” and “day”; uses contractions; practices new words by talking to self; uses three- to four- word sentences; has a vocabulary of about 1,000 words; repeats sounds, words, and phrases; asks “what” questions.
  • 4 years:
    Identifies shapes and colors; can speak of imaginary concepts or conditions (“I hope” or “what if”); uses four- to five- word sentences; combines sentences with “and”; uses past tense. 
  • 5 years:
    Defines objects by purpose (“drink with glass” or “eat with fork”); understands spatial relation words such as “top,” “under,” “near,” or “far”; can say his or her address; uses most speech sounds of the alphabet correctly; can tell a story with a simple plot; asks questions to obtain information; understands common opposites (“same”/“different” or “big”/“little”).

You can stimulate your child’s speech and language by listening attentively; describing your actions; using words he or she has trouble with; waiting patiently for your child to respond; and reading longer stories to your child as he or she develops. If you are concerned with your child’s progress, contact The Hearing and Speech Agency to set up an appointment

Media Inquiries | Press Kits

Contact Tammy Black at 410-318-6780 or tblack@hasa.org

Our experts are accustomed to giving advice to parents and are willing to be on hand for reporters who need insight and information about hearing loss, deafness, Deaf culture, American Sign Language, interpreting, treatment for both common and rare communication disorders, hearing loss, new technologies for hearing loss treatment, resources available for deaf or hard of hearing adults and children, developmental disorders with significant impact on speech/language ability, autism, and special education.

Calendar & Events

SCHOOL HOURS

8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, except Wednesdays
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays


Child Care Program - Hearing and Speech Agency

Child Care Program

8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.  | FLEXIBLE HOURS AVAILABLE
VISIT OUR NEXT OPEN HOUSE, THE SECOND FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH!

Gateway School’s inclusive early education setting provides your child with a balanced program that includes a range of activities both in and out of the classroom.  Children will learn and play in a variety of settings: as individuals and in groups, in free and structured play, and through teacher-directed and child-initiated activities.

Your child will be immersed in a range of stimulating learning opportunities that focus on physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. As we’ve done for more than 50 years, we will help your child achieve their full potential by developing strong communication and social skills while fostering a lifelong love of learning.

Here are a few things that you might want to know:

  • We're hosting Open House events on the 2nd Friday of every month from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Feel free to join us or schedule a private tour at a time better suited to you.
  • The program is open to children ages 2-5.
  • Because we are an approved child care facility, flexible spending accounts can be used. Please contact your plan for limits.

Interested in learning more about our inclusive preschool program?  Contact us today to schedule a tour or visit our next Open House.  You can use this form or call us directly at 410.318.6780, x 232.  We’d love to meet your family!

JOIN US AT OUR NEXT OPEN HOUSE

Christine Wandishin

MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Chrissy is an ASHA-certified and Maryland licensed speech-language pathologist at HASA. Chrissy worked at the Scottish Rite Childhood Speech and Language Center since 1998 before transferring to HASA at the start of 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Chrissy is certified in the Lidcombe Program and has completed American Sign Language Classes Levels 1-3. Chrissy has been practicing since 2004, providing diagnostic evaluations and treatment of the pediatric population (ages 14 months to 21 years old) in the clinical setting. She manages a caseload of approximately 40 children entailing articulation, expressive/receptive language disorders, phonological awareness, apraxia, fluency, and social language. Chrissy has also established and treated children at the surrounding private schools including: First English Lutheran, Calvert School, Friends School, Cathedral School, and Garrison Forest School.

Chrissy regularly enjoys supervising Speech Pathology students and Clinical Fellow clinicians. Chrissy was a recipient of the John W. Brockman Fellowship award in May 2002. She also held a “Round Table Presentation at the 2012 Rite Care Conference: “The iPad and You” and has gone to surrounding private schools and universities to talk about “When to Refer Your Child For A Speech and Language Screening” as well as presenting the “The iPad and You” to both Towson University and Loyola College graduate students. Chrissy was featured in two articles: “The Rite News of Maryland”- Nov/Dec/Jan 2014/2015 edition and the “The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry”-October 2015 edition. Finally Chrissy was featured in a commercial and a live Podcast for “Celebrating the Craft” to promote the Scottish Rite Clinic.

Sarah Spicer

MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Sarah Spicer joined the Hearing and Speech Agency in August 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from James Madison University. Sarah is originally from Columbia, Maryland and is thrilled to have returned to the Charm City area as well as join the HASA team.

Sarah is working towards completing her Clinical Fellowship with the Scottish Rite Hilgenberg Childhood Speech and Language Center. Sarah is grateful for the opportunity to gain experience within the field and work alongside a team of wonderful and dedicated clinicians. Upon completion of her CF, she plans to become a certified Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Maryland.


Miriam Mandel

MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Miriam joined The Hearing and Speech Agency’s team of speech-language pathologists in September 2014, holding a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders.  She works both in HASA’s main clinical department on Metro Drive as well as the Scottish Rite Childhood Speech and Language Center on North Charles Street, providing speech-language screenings, evaluations, and therapy to pediatric clients of all ages.

Miriam is experienced in the following clinical areas: articulation and phonology, receptive and expressive language, hearing, auditory processing, memory, fluency, social interaction, phonological awareness, decoding, reading comprehension, written language expression, and spelling.  Miriam works part-time in School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen throughout the school year and is also periodically assigned to Baltimore City Public Schools and/or Metro Delta Head Start, where she contractually services preschool and school-aged children throughout the community.  In 2015, Miriam implemented a successful summer literacy program for budding readers, and this program will be continued annually.  Miriam regularly attends continuing education events to update her knowledge and skills. She also participates in American Sign Language training so she can facilitate communication in clients who are deaf/hard of hearing, on the autism spectrum, or language delayed. 

Miriam is licensed by the State of Maryland and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


Lisa McGrain

MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

After graduating from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Lisa McGrain earned her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University in Maryland in 2008. Upon graduation, Lisa began working at The Hearing and Speech Agency’s Scottish Rite Childhood Speech and Language Center as a licensed and certified SLP, and has been there ever since. After working full time for 6 ½ years, she now works as a part-time therapist which allows her to stay at home with her young daughter, Ryleigh.

In 2015, Lisa developed and implemented a program geared toward children who are beginning to read. This camp, which runs each summer at both locations, targets pre-literacy and narrative language skills. In addition to her clinical responsibilities at The Scottish Rite Center, Lisa is also placed at two contractual schools, providing therapy to the students of The School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and The Friends School of Baltimore, and supervises and mentors graduate students from local-area universities studying in the field of speech-language pathology. She taught an undergraduate course, Organic Bases of Childhood Communication Disorders, as an adjunct instructor at Loyola University in Maryland, her alma mater. 

Regardless of the diagnosis or age of her clients, Lisa enjoys using the iPad in therapy to target treatment goals and to serve as motivation for her clients. Lisa is licensed by the State of Maryland, and she is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


Eleni Bowden

MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Eleni Bowden has been with the The Hearing and Speech Agency since June 2008 She has been providing comprehensive speech-language services to clients ranging from 15 months to 18 years. Eleni received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University of Maryland in 2008. She holds her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Towson University, with a minor in Communications.

Her clinical expertise includes diagnosis and treatment of pediatric speech articulation and receptive/expressive based language disorder. Mrs. Bowden also treats children with autism, cleft palate, Down Syndrome, auditory processing disorders, and phonological awareness delays. In addition to her clinical responsibilities at HASA, Eleni also supervises and mentors graduate students from local-area universities studying in the field of speech-language pathology.

Eleni is licensed by the State of Maryland, and she is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


Kathi Shute

MS, CCC-SLP
Senior Speech-Language Pathologist

Kathi Shute has been a speech language pathologist at the Hearing and Speech Agency since 2006. She is a member of the Center for Fluency Enhancement specializing in working with children, adolescents and adults who stutter.  She received her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from Galluadet University in Washington, DC and her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Appalachian State University in North Carolina. 

Her clinical experience includes assessment and treatment of speech-language disorders for both pediatric and adult clients. She has presented at conferences in the area of fluency/stuttering at the local, state and national level.  In addition to her role as a speech-language pathologist, Ms. Shute supervises speech-language pathology graduate students and clinical fellows. Ms. Shute is currently in the process of obtaining her board certification as a fluency specialist. 

Ms. Shute is licensed by the State of Maryland and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


Celeste Segal

MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Ms. Segal has been with the Hearing and Speech Agency since 1989.  She worked at HASA’s Gateway School from 1989-1998 and since 2005 she has worked  in  HASA’s Speech and Language Center.  She received her Master’s of Science degree in 1986 from The University of Vermont and her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders and Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  

Her clinical experience includes assessment and treatment of speech and language disorders for pediatric clients. Her areas of expertise center around infant / toddler, preschool and school age children who  have Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pragmatic Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, articulation and/or phonological disorders.  In addition to her role as a speech and language pathologist at HASA, Ms. Segal is faculty at Towson University in the Department of Audiology, Speech and Language Pathology and Deaf Studies (ASLD).

Ms. Segal is licensed by the State of Maryland and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is a member of ASHA and ABC-SLP.


Galya Elbaum

MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

 Galya has been with the Hearing and Speech Agency since July 2007, providing outpatient occupational therapy services to children ages 0-18. She holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Brandeis University and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University.

Galya has worked in pediatrics for 17 years in a variety of settings and with children with varied diagnoses. She has provided home-based services through Early Intervention, worked in special education preschools and serviced children in local clinics. She has also assisted in lab instruction for physical and occupational therapy graduate students at University of MD and Community College of Baltimore County. 

Currently, at the Hearing and Speech Agency, Galya treats children with developmental delays, physical disabilities and sensory processing disorders. She provides direct therapy to the children as well as training for their parents to ensure carry-over of learned skills to the home setting. In addition to her outpatient clinical responsibilities at HASA, Galya also supervises Level I and Level II occupational therapy students and provides occupational therapy services to a number of children in the Gateway school. She also works with a team of therapists to complete eligibility assessments for the Baltimore Infants and Toddlers Program.

Galya is licensed by the state of Maryland and is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.


Meet Our Audiologists

AuD, CCC-A, ABA, FAAA 
Director of Audiology, Audiologist

Dr. Norin has been with The Hearing and Speech Agency since June 2009. She holds her Doctorate in Audiology, as well as two Bachelor of Science degrees in Speech Pathology and Audiology and Mass Communications from Towson University.

Her clinical expertise includes behavioral and evoked potential diagnostics of hearing loss and hearing related disorders for both pediatric and adult patients, programming and dispensing of hearing aids, aural rehabilitation, central auditory processing disorder assessment, cochlear implant mapping, and hearing conservation. During her doctoral studies, Dr. Norin’s research focused on the impact of hearing protection devices on speech communication in noise, which was presented at the 2009 national convention for the American Academy of Audiology and subsequently published in Ear and Hearing (March 2011), the official journal of the American Auditory Society. 

Dr. Norin is licensed by the State of Maryland, and she is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Board of Audiology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, the Maryland Academy of Audiology, and she is a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology.


AuD, CCC-A
Audiologist

Dr. Ward joined The Hearing and Speech Agency in June 2015. She holds her Doctorate in Audiology, and she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders from Towson University. 

Her clinical experience includes performing adult and pediatric diagnostic audiologic evaluations, hearing aid evaluations, fittings, and troubleshooting. Dr. Ward’s doctoral research focused on establishing a simple, reliable bedside hearing screening measure for use in the medical field by practitioners who are not trained to diagnose hearing loss. This research highlighted the importance of establishing an adequate method of communication between patient and practitioner, especially if hearing loss is suspected. Dr. Ward previously worked as a school special education teacher. Her experience also includes working as a job coach and job developer for Deaf adults with mental illness. While she was an undergraduate student at West Chester University in PA, she worked for the Center on Hearing and Deafness, a social service agency that serves people with hearing loss.

Dr. Ward is licensed by the State of Maryland, and she is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


John Sloan

MS, CCC-SLP
Director Of The Center For Fluency Enhancement, Director Of Continuing Education

John is a speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of service in public school, university, and clinical settings. Prior to coming to HASA, John was the Clinical Director of The Loyola College Speech and Hearing Centers. He also served as the Coordinator of Related Services: Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, Occupational and Physical Therapy for Baltimore City Public Schools.

John developed the LAPSe Program, which is a metacognitive approach to the treatment of stuttering, and has taught courses at the undergraduate, graduate and professional level. Named a Fellow to both The American Speech -Language-Hearing Association and The Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association, John is also  the founder and facilitator of The Baltimore Night S.H.I.F.T., a support group for adults who stutter. At HASA, John is currently the Director Of The Center For Fluency Enhancement and the Director Of Continuing Education.

John is licensed to practice speech-language pathology in Maryland. He holds the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. He is certified by the Maryland State Department of Education as a speech-language pathologist, administrator and supervisor of special education, and school principal.


Olga Polites

MS, CCC-SLP
Program Director, Clinical Services

Olga Polites graduated from Loyola College in Maryland and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Pathology. She then earned her Master's Degree in Speech Pathology from Loyola College and subsequently began her career working for the Baltimore City Public School System. In 1983 Olga joined the staff at The Hearing and Speech Agency.

Olga began as a speech-language pathologist in Gateway School, and she then transferred to the Clinical Services Program where she worked at the Agency’s Scottish Rite Center. Since then, she was promoted to Director of the Clinical Services Program and is responsible for all audiology, speech-language pathology and occupational therapy services. 

Olga and her staff have developed the following programs: The Center for Fluency Enhancement, The Listening and Spoken Language Program, Maryland Keys to Communication, The Parent Resource Center for parents of children newly identified with hearing loss and the Cochlear Implant Lending Library for professionals working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.


Volunteer - Hearing and Speech Agency

Volunteer

INTERESTED IN GETTING INVOLVED
AT THE HASA?


We are excited that you're interested in making a difference. Volunteers are vital to HASA's mission to serve the community and celebrate all types of communication. We have specific volunteer opportunities for which we are currently recruiting:


SOCIAL MEDIA AMBASSADOR
HASA is looking for individuals who can, in their own time, work to promote the organization on social media. This would include commenting on posts, sharing posts and photos, and mentioning the organization in their own social media. 
HoursAny

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please fill out a volunteer application and indicate your interest at the appropriate question.


FUNDRAISING AMBASSADOR
HASA is look for individuals to fundraise for the organization. This may involve sharing our fundraising webpages on social media, setting up peer-to-peer fundraising accounts through our pages, hosting your own events and donating the proceeds to the organization, and more. For your fundraising kit, please email hasa@hasa.org.
Hours: Any

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please fill out a volunteer application and indicate your interest at the appropriate question.


GUEST BLOGGER
HASA is looking for individuals to lend their unique voices and perspectives to HASA's blog. This would include selecting a topic, writing a 4-5 paragraph blog post, and working with the Communications & Community Engagement Manager to ensure the content is relevant to HASA's mission.

Hours: Any

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please fill out a volunteer application and indicate your interest at the appropriate question.


TECHNOLOGY VOLUNTEER
HASA is looking for an individual with experience in technology to help with the monthly Hearing Loss Association of America – Greater Baltimore chapter meetings. The volunteer would help with the set-up and take down of presentations, including projectors, microphones, and screens.
Hours: 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. | Thursdays (dates vary by month)

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please fill out a volunteer application and indicate your interest at the appropriate question.


CLIENT SUPPORT SPECIALIST
HASA is looking for individuals with professional experience in speech language pathology or related fields to work with clients over the phone to provide support, gather feedback about HASA services, and connect clients with other providers of critical services. It is preferred that this volunteer be a speech-language pathologist or have comparable experience. If you have even an hour to give, please consider becoming a link between clients and effective care as a Client Support Specialist.
Hours: Flexible | Monday - Friday

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please fill out a volunteer application and indicate your interest at the appropriate question.


VIDEO/PHOTOGRAPHY VOLUNTEER
HASA's  Development & Communications Department is looking for someone with videography/photography skills to help take pictures, create videos, and develop marketing materials.
Hours: Flexible | Monday - Friday

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please fill out a volunteer application and indicate your interest at the appropriate question.


ART THERAPIST OR TEACHER
Gateway School, a program of HASA, is looking for a volunteer art therapist or teacher to work with our Gateway students. This volunteer should be patient and comfortable working with children in special education. 
Hours: Flexible | Monday - Friday

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please fill out a volunteer application and indicate your interest at the appropriate question.


CLASSROOM VOLUNTEER
Gateway School, a program of HASA, is looking for a volunteer to support in the classroom. Volunteers will assist in daily classroom tasks under guidance from teachers and staff. This volunteer should have an interest in working with children and be comfortable in a special education setting. 
Hours: Flexible | Monday - Friday; 8:30-3:00

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please fill out a volunteer application and indicate your interest at the appropriate question.


FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS:


Classes at HASA

PLEASE NOTE: 

American Sign Language Classes offered by HASA are for not for credit and not part of an interpreter preparation program.

Classes Offered Fall 2018

September 11 - November 13

EVENING CLASSES (Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
ASL 1 | ASL 2 | ASL 3 | Children's ASL

DAYTIME CLASSES
ASL 1 | TUESDAYS | 10:00 a.m. - Noon
ASL 2 | WEDNESDAYS | 10:00 a.m. - Noon
 

CLICK HERE>> TO REGISTER


SIGNING NATURALLY

The Hearing and Speech Agency has taught American Sign Language (ASL) using the highly successful and well-respected method, Signing Naturally, since 1988. Signing Naturally is a non-verbal approach that is taught at many institutions across the country, including Gallaudet University. To encourage students to think in signs, students and instructors avoid using speech in the classroom. Interpersonal communication (not simply learning signs for English words) is emphasized. Students focus on functions of specific everyday interactions that range from inviting someone to sit down to more abstract communication, such as giving directions or problem-solving. Grammar is learned in the context of these communications. An additional benefit of this non-verbal, conceptual approach is the development of a cross-cultural awareness of the Deaf community.

COSTS AND POLICIES

Adult ASL classes (10 weeks) are $150. Course materials (book with DVD) are required for ASL 1, ASL 2, and ASL 3 and cost $85. Once purchased, course materials are good for levels 1, 2, and 3, so they only need to be purchased once. Course materials required for ASL 4 and  ASL 5 need only be purchased once. Summer Fun Signs Course Fee is $100, with no required materials. Children’s ASL classes are $100, no materials required. Parents may accompany a registered child during class for an additional $50.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 1 Units 1 - 2

Introducing oneself, exchanging personal information, talking about surroundings, telling where you live
TEXTBOOK: Signing Naturally Units 1-6

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 2 Units 3 - 4

Talking about your family, telling about activities, giving directions, describing others
TEXTBOOK: Signing Naturally Units 1-6

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 3 Units 5 - 6

Making requests, talking about family and occupations, attributing qualities to others, talking about routines
TEXTBOOK: Signing Naturally Units 1-6

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 4 Conversation

This class is designed for those who have signing experience equivalent to completing ASL 3 and who want the opportunity to learn more ASL vocabulary and grammar and further develop their conversational skills.
TEXTBOOK: Signing Naturally Units 7-12

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 5 Using Classifiers

This class is designed for those who have signing experience equivalent to completing ASL 4 and are looking to learn at a more advanced level. Classifiers are challenging to use well and to understand, regardless of one’s experience.
TEXTBOOK: Signing Naturally Units 7-12 

SUMMER FUN SIGNS

This six-week course provides an opportunity to have some introductory lessons in ASL. Content draws upon the alphabet and counting and will introduce common conversational and emergency signs for students. This course is open to and encouraged for beginners.
No Text Needed

ASL FINGERSPELLING

Fingerspelling presents one of the toughest challenges in learning to sign.  This course will take you through fingerspelling practice sessions on various topics to help you become better at expressing and receiving fingerspelling.
No Text Needed

CHILDREN'S ASL Classes are for ages 5-12

Children start by learning to fingerspell the alphabet and their names. As they learn signs for everyday activities and to communicate, they also enjoy making craft projects that reinforce the signing learned in class. The session culminates in a performance during the final class. A parent may accompany their child for an additional fee.
No Text Needed

BABY & TODDLER Sign Classes for ages 2-4

This class is designed for children and parents to learn basic ASL signs together in a fun and relaxed environment.
No Text Needed

CUSTOMIZED CLASSES

To inquire about sign language classes that are designed specifically for your need and held at your workplace or another location, please call 410.318.6780 and ask to speak with a representative of CIRS Interpreting for further details.

REFUNDS and CLASS Cancellations 

Course fee is refundable minus a $25 processing fee if notification that the student will not take the class is given prior to the first session.

Once the first class is completed, no refunds will be given. Course fees are transferable to a future session if notification that the student will not take the class is given prior to the first session. Course must be completed within one calendar year (12 months) after payment. 

Be assured that every effort will be made to prevent any class cancellations. However, we must reserve the right to do so if the need arises. Should this occur, you will be notified as soon as possible. In the event of cancellation, full refunds will be made.

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Information/ Tour Request

Join us for a tour, an information session, or a one-on-one with a clinical expert! Open House offerings include:

 

  • EDUCATIONAL CHILD CARE INFORMATION SESSION - Learn about hours, cost, and enrollment of this affordable, convenient, and language-rich environment for 2-5-year olds. 
  • CLINIC COFFEE TIME - Have one-on-one time with a speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, or a member of our audiology team.
  • GATEWAY SCHOOL TOURS - Come in, meet our team, and find out more about our students. We welcome all new visitors for tours!
  • HASA PRE-K SIGN UP INFORMATION - Find out if your family is eligible for this specialized program. Registration requires program eligibility and spots fill fast!

CLICK HERE>> to register

UPCOMING OPEN HOUSE DATES:
Friday, August 10
Friday, September 14
Friday, October 12
Friday, November 9
Friday, December 14

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Make an Appointment

Feel free to call our office with any questions 410.318.6780

 

For audiology appointments, we'll call you to schedule an appointment and let you know what you need to bring with you.
For speech and occupational therapy, we'll contact you to gather some additional information in advance of your appointment. If you would like to get a head start on that process, feel free to download the application materials below and email them to our clinic office>>

PAYMENT OPTIONS

HASA accepts cash, check, credit card and most major insurances.
Apply for CareCredit, which can be used at HASA
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Parents & Families - Hearing and Speech Agency

Parents & Families

OFFICERS OF THE GATEWAY PARENTS' ASSOCIATION


President, Jocelyn Casser
Faculty Advisor, Carie Beam

The Parents' Association meets the first Monday of every month. Click here>> for more information.

Looking for other ways to help? Click here>> to visit the Parents Association donation page to help make each school year amazing for our Gateway students!

HELPFUL LINKS


FAMILY-CENTERED APPROACH

PARENT RESOURCES

Parents of Gateway Students have formed the Parents' Association (PA) to address parent concerns, help raise funds for the school and plan events that support the family-centered education services at Gateway School.

Parent support groups are offered by the school’s social worker and the information is provided to parents about the resources available within the school and the community. Periodic workshops are also presented to parents and the community by the staff of the Gateway School and The Hearing and Speech Agency.

PARENT PARTICIPATION

Parents are strongly encouraged to participate in the development of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and all other aspects of their child's educational program. A case manager is assigned to your child and team meetings are conducted for your child as the need arises. Meetings with parents and/or representatives involved with the child from outside agencies are also scheduled as needed. Pre-IEP conferences are coordinated with parents prior to the annual review of the IEP to ensure parental involvement in the IEP process.

OPEN DOOR POLICY

Gateway's open-door observation policy promotes communication with families and community professionals. 


Gateway Success Stories

      

      

      

      

      

Help HASA While You Shop

Did you know that HASA and Gateway School can earn cash donations from retailers by just shopping in their stores or on the Internet? Grandparents, neighbors, and friends can take part in all the programs, too!

 

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support The Hearing and Speech Agency every time you shop, all at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support, make sure to choose HASA!
 

 

Doing any more online shopping? Get paid to shop with Shop.Com's Cashback program, where you can earn up to 50% on qualifying purchases when you shop to support HASA in The Hearing and Speech Agency portal

 

 

Download the Shoparoo app on your smartphone, select Gateway as your school and snap pictures of any shopping receipts you receive. We earn points that can be converted to cash, so get grandparents and all those special friends involved too!  

 

Box Top and Label Collection 

Create an account here>> and choose Gateway School.  

Enter the codes on your bottles and you're done!  It's that simple!

 

 

Gateway School earns $.10 for every box top collected from a wide variety of food products and related items. Look for the BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION logo or visit the website for a complete list of eligible products.

 

Clip the Tyson A+ coupons and send them to the school.  each Tyson A+ label is worth $.24 when redeemed.Ask family, friends, and neighbors to save theirs for you, too! We use money & points collected to purchase books, playground equipment, and even computers, depending upon how many coupons are collected. Ask family members and friends to save their box top coupons & labels for us. 

 

 

Labels & BoxTops may be sent to: Gateway School | Attn: Pat Phillips | 5900 Metro Drive | Baltimore, MD 21215
 

Loyalty Cards

  GIANT
  Register your card online and choose 
  ID# 01440 for Gateway School.

 

  SAFEWAY
  
Register your card online and choose 
  GROUP ID# 6654031 for Gateway School.

 

  TARGET
  Register your card online and choose
  ID# 21893 for Gateway School.

 

REMINDER: Even if you registered your card last year, you MUST RE-REGISTER this year for Gateway to receive credit. Attending to this simple process makes a HUGE difference to our students.

A Lifetime Gift | Gifts Through Your Will

Did you know that you can direct a gift that costs nothing during your lifetime that will both support your charitable interests and will also benefit programs and services for individuals with communication difficulties?

One of the easiest ways to make a lifetime gift is by a bequest through your will. The only requirement is a written statement from you or your attorney to include The Hearing and Speech Agency (HASA) in your will when it is drafted or revised. You can designate a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or a portion of the residual of your estate, whichever is best for your circumstances. You can also bequeath specific assets to HASA (stock, real estate, tangible property). If you do choose to include HASA in your estate plans, please inform your attorney that our full, legal name is The Hearing and Speech Agency of Metropolitan Baltimore, Inc.

Next Steps

  • It is important to leave clear instructions. You can use the suggested language below as a guide when naming HASA as the recipient of gifts through your will or trust.
  • For retirement assets, simply name The Hearing and Speech Agency of Metropolitan Baltimore, Inc. as beneficiary.
  • We welcome the opportunity to thank you for your generosity; please share your plans with us by contacting Erin K. Stauder, Executive Director, via email or by calling 410-318-6780.
  • For more information for you or to aid your attorney in developing a bequest that suits your charitable goals, contact Tammy Black, Director of Development & Communications, via email or by calling 410-318-6780.

Sample Bequest Language

Your attorney can help you draft language specific to your circumstances, but examples of options to include The Hearing and Speech Agency of Metropolitan Baltimore, Inc. (HASA) in your estate plans are listed below.  Already have a will? You can modify your will and direct a gift to The Hearing and Speech Agency with a simple codicil. Please consult your attorney.

Hearing Aids & FAQs - Hearing and Speech Agency

Hearing Aids & FAQs

HEARING AIDS 101

Hearing aids make sound more accessible to those who are hard of hearing.  Though hearing aids can’t restore normal hearing, they can improve hearing by amplifying sound and reducing background noise. Hearing aids come in a range of styles; each patient selects a style based on preference, but also type and degree of hearing loss.

Styles include:

  • BTE (behind-the-ear)
  • RIC or RITE (receiver-in-canal/receiver-in-the-ear)
  • Open-fit BTE
  • Custom products ranging from Full Shell to CIC (completely-in-canal) and IIC (invisible-in-canal)

Hearing aids vary significantly; the right hearing aid can provide better access to speech and environmental sounds, improved speech understanding in the presence of background noise, and connectivity to other personal listening devices such as cell phones and computers. What does HASA offer? HASA works with each manufacturer to give clients exactly what they need. Our manufacturers include: OticonPhonakStarkeySiemensWidexUnitronResound

To make an appointment, call 410.318.6780, or Click Here>>.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Our goal is to make hearing aids as affordable as possible for all of our clients who need them. While we accept most major insurances, insurance coverage varies by carrier and treatment. For any insurance questions, please call (410) 318-6780, and we will be happy to assist you.

If your insurance does not cover the cost of your hearing aids, we offer the following payment options:

  • We accept cash, check, or credit card.
  • We offer 0% financing through CareCredit; some restrictions apply. CareCredit is a healthcare credit card that allows you to make convenient monthly payments. Click here >> for more information about CareCredit.
  • We offer a sliding fee scale for low income individuals who qualify.
  • We accept Medicaid for children up to age 21.

PLEASE NOTE: Many people ask us about Medicare coverage for hearing tests.  While hearing aids are not covered, Medicare does allow for coverage of medically reasonable and necessary testing if initiated by your physician. 

HEARING AID MYTHS & FACTS

An estimated 48 million people in the United States suffer from hearing loss. Yet, the National Institute of Health (NIH) estimates that only 20% of people who could benefit from hearing aids actually wear them. Why? Many think they don’t have hearing loss. Or that a hearing aid can’t help. Or they may just think that hearing aids are ugly and don’t work properly. Whatever the reason, it may be time to separate myth from fact in order to make an informed decision about your hearing health.

Myth: If I had a hearing loss, my family doctor would know.
Fact: Fewer than 15% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss during a physical. Since most people with hearing loss hear well in a quiet environment, it can be difficult to recognize the extent of a hearing loss in a doctor’s office. Your physician may not realize that you have difficulty hearing.

Myth: My hearing loss cannot be helped.
Fact: This may have been true many years ago. Fortunately, modern advances in hearing aid technology provide viable options for most people with hearing loss.

Myth: Hearing aids will make me look older.
Fact: Untreated hearing loss is far more obvious than a hearing aid; your condition is more apparent than any hearing aid if you can’t clearly understand conversations. Today’s hearing aids are available in a wide range of shapes, colors, and functions; they are perfectly adapted to the needs of the wearer. Some devices fit unobtrusively behind the ear; some can be worn “invisibly” inside the ear. But all modern hearing aids are lightweight, neat, and highly inconspicuous.

Myth: It’s enough to wear just one hearing aid, isn't it?
Fact: We have two ears for a reason: to give us the ability to pinpoint the source of a sound. When one ear is slightly better than the other, we learn to favor that ear for the telephone, group conversations, and so forth. It can give the illusion that the better ear is normal when it isn't. Most types of hearing loss affect both ears fairly equally, and about 90% of patients are in need of hearing aids for both ears. Likewise, wearing a hearing aid on only one ear when both ears have hearing loss may make it even more difficult to understand conversation in the presence of background noise.

Myth: Hearing aids amplify and make everything loud.
Fact: Today’s hearing aids are very sophisticated instruments. They operate selectively and only amplify where you want them to – in those frequency ranges where there is hearing loss. At one time it was necessary to turn up the power in order to hear soft speech (or other soft sounds). Then, normal conversation indeed would have been too loud. With modern hearing aids, the circuit works automatically, only providing the amount of amplification needed based on the input level. In fact, many hearing aid users no longer need to have a volume control.

Rite Care: Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center - Hearing and Speech Agency

Rite Care: Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center

Hilgenberg Childhood Speech and Language Center (RiteCare) was established in 1985 by the Maryland Scottish Rite Bodies in association with The Hearing and Speech Agency. RiteCare is a pediatric clinic committed to serving children with a wide range of speech and language impairments. Click here to meet our Scottish Rite team!

Hours of Operation:  Monday - Thursday,  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location:  3800 N. Charles Street  •  Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone:  410-243-3800 • email us
Learn more at the RiteCare website>>

 

Services

We see clients between the ages of 18 months and 18 years with diagnoses including articulation disorders, autism, receptive and expressive language delays, Down syndrome, phonological awareness disorders, fluency disorders, cleft palate and language-based reading disabilities.

Individualized Speech Therapy

The cornerstone service of the Center is direct, intensive treatment of children to improve their speech and language skills. Based on the results of a speech and language evaluation, the Center's therapists develop a treatment plan for the child in consultation with their parents and other therapists. Therapy is individualized in a 1:1 setting with each session usually lasting 30 minutes. Observation rooms are also available for parents and family members to observe each session. We pride ourselves in our ability to educate the parents so that the skills learned in our Center are carried over into the home and school environments. Our clinicians also offer complete screenings at the Cathedral, Calvert and Friends schools.

Speech and Language Evaluation

An evaluation of a child's speech and language development includes a review of medical and school records, interviews with parents and prior therapists, and diagnostic sessions with the child. The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the speech and language skills of the child, determine if treatment is needed, and identify whether the child is an appropriate candidate for therapy at our clinic. Parents interested in an evaluation should contact the clinic to complete the appropriate paperwork.

Ways to Give

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HASA in the News

NEWS STORIES FEATURING HASA

Consumers Choosing 'Cautious Optimism' for OTC Hearing Aids, The Hearing Journal (August 2018)
People on the Move, Dana Reinhardt, Baltimore Business Journal (July 11, 2018)
Five Myths About Autism, Baltimore's Child (July 2018)
Moms on the Move, Baltimore's Child (July 2018)
This App Is Gathering Data On Baltimore’s Loudest And Quietest Restaurants, Baltimore Citybizlist (May 2018)
This App Is Gathering Data On Baltimore’s Loudest And Quietest Restaurants, Citybizlist (May 2018)
New app pinpoints Baltimore's loudest and quietest restaurants, Carroll County Times (May 2018)
New app pinpoints Baltimore's loudest and quietest restaurants, The Daily Meal (May 2018)
This App is Gathering Data on Baltimore's Quietest and Loudest Restaurants, Technical.lyBaltimore (May 2018)
New App Pinpoints Baltimore's Loudest & Quietest Restaurants, Baltimore Sun (May 2018)
New App Reveals Baltimore's Quietest and Loudest Restaurants, Maryland Daily Record (May 2018)
The Noise at Baltimore's Food Scene, Modern Restaurant Management (May 2018)
How I Guide Restaurants Toward Inclusive Dining Experiences, Baltimore Business Journal (March 2018)
Dining Out Can be Tough for People with Hearing Loss, Baltimore Sun (March 2018)
The Sounds of Silence, Brain World (February 2018)
Hear Her Out, Baltimore's Child (January 2018)
Speech Milestones for your Child, Where, What, When (Fall 2017)
HASA Board Member honored by Governor Larry Hogan, Event Program (November 2017)
Baltimore Volunteer Receives Award from Governor Larry Hogan, Press Release (October 2017)
Lower Cost Hearing Aids Sold Over the Counter will Reach More People, Prevent Other Medical Problems (September 2017) Download PDF
Preschool Play, Baltimore STYLE (August 2017)
Hearing Experts Weigh In on Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act, Press Release (August 2017)
Excellence in Nursing Issue, Baltimore Magazine (May 2017)
Leisure Activities Rife With Loud Noise, Press Release (April 2017)
Baltimore Nonprofit Welcomes New Executive Director, Press Release (February 2017)
For Children Who Stutter, Therapy Often Helps, The Baltimore Sun (January 2017)
Executive Director to Retire after 30 Years, The Daily Record (December 2016)
Hearing Loss Among Veterans(Audio Only), On The Record with Sheilah Kast, WYPR (November 2016)
Hearing Loss Among Veterans(Audio with Transcript), On the Record with Sheilah Kast, WYPR (November 2016)
Healing Hands (featuring CIRS Interpreting), MedStar Destinations (Winter 2016)
Tell Me About It, Scottish Rite Journal (January/February 2016)
Giving Through Glass - Six Months Later, Google.Org Blog (February 2015)
Meet the Giving Through Glass Winners, Google.Org Blog (November 2014)
Google fits Glass to Five Nonprofits, USA Today (July 2014)
Scottish Rite Speech and Language Center Spotlight, The Rite News of Maryland (Winter 2014-2015)

Hearing and Speech Agency in Baltimore gets Google grant, The Daily Record (July 9, 2014)
Is it Really ADHD or a Developmental Delay? It Could be Hearing Loss, Baltimore's Child
Alliance Groups Join the Walk4Hearing, Hearing Loss Magazine (May/June 2013)
How Can Loud Noise Damage Hearing?, Baltimore City Medical Society Foundation Report (Summer 2013)
Nonpublic Special Education School Graduates Outpace their Peers, The Baltimore Sun (features 2007 Gateway graduate)
Meet the Match.com of the Nonprofit World, Bmore Media
Opening Channels, Urbanite
Communicating the Joy of the Arts, Urbanite
VIBE '11 Photographs, Baltimore Business Journal Out & About Section
The World Just Opened Up: Hearing Aids Change Lives for Twins, Urbanite
What are the Skills that Lead to Language?, Baltimore's Child
Musical Notes, Baltimore's Child
Spinning Hay into Gold, Jewish Times
Gateway to a Special Education, Urbanite
Think of it as Becoming Bionic, Urbanite
When Time is of the Essence, Urbanite
Just Let Us Speak, York (PA) Daily Times

TELEVISION

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Could that hairdryer be damaging your hearing?

WJZ Joins HASA in Advance of Baltimore Restaurant Week

WMAR 2 Talks to HASA & La Cuchara about the Hearing Hospitality Initiative

Executive Director Erin Stauder and patient Brian discuss the potential impact of the OTC Hearing Aid Act of 2017 with WMAR.

Director of Audiology Dr. Julie Norin and HASA patients Marie and Carole highlight how hearing aids improved their lives.

On Fox45, Erin Stauder shares tips for parents and teachers as we head back to school; it's an especially difficult time for children with sensory processing disorders.

Executive Director Erin Stauder appears on WJLA7 in Washington DC to talk about the benefits of sign language for babies.

Executive Director Erin Stauder appears on WBAL11 to discuss swimmer's ear and other summer hazards.

Executive Director Erin Stauder appears on Fox45 Morning Show to talk about the benefits of sign language for your baby's development.

School psychologist George Singo appears on In Focus with Kelly Swoope to talk about hosting guests during the holidays with sensory sensitivities.

Audiologist Julie Norin appears on In Focus with Kelly Swoope to talk about the things we do every day that might be damaging our hearing.

Learn about new hearing aid technology on WMAR's The Power of Age special.

The Center for Fluency Enhancement at HASA is featured on In Focus with Jamie Costello. John Sloan discusses stuttering and stuttering treatment.

Discover the Power of Age features HASA audiologists

WMAR interviews Dr. Julie Norin about hearing aids for Discover the Power of Age

Gateway School Psychologist George Singo featured on Maryland Spotlight

Speech Language Pathologist John Sloan featured on Maryland Spotlight

Audiologist Julie Norin featured on Maryland Spotlight

VIBE '13 featured on On Time with Kai Jackson

The Baltimore Soundscape Project featured on Good Morning Maryland

HASA's Summer 2010 Outreach Center covered on ABC2 Morning News

50th Anniversary of Gateway School covered on ABC2 Evening News

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Address, Directions & Closings - Hearing and Speech Agency

Address, Directions & Closings

The Hearing and Speech Agency

Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Building  •  5900 Metro Drive  •  Baltimore, MD 21215
(ph) 410.318.6780  • (fx) 410.318.6759
hasa@hasa.org

BY BUS: Take the M Bus or Bus #27 - Reisterstown Plaza. Get off at the intersection of Mt. Hope and Metro Drive.
BY TRAIN: The closest subway stations are Rogers Avenue and Reisterstown Plaza stations.

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The Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders

3800 N. Charles Street  •  Baltimore, MD 21218 • 410.243.3800

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Weather-Related Closings

The Hearing and Speech Agency follows the Baltimore City Public School System delay and closure schedule for inclement weather, including snow, icy conditions and high winds. We will remain open if the Baltimore City Public School System closes for a heat advisory because our building is air-conditioned. Please be advised that the city school decision can change throughout the morning or day.

For questions about how the weather may impact CIRS Interpreting, please email cirsrep@hasa.org or call (410) 318-6780. 

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If the Baltimore City Public School System is closed, 
HASA building is closed and all Clinical Services appointments are canceled.

If the Baltimore City Public School System opens one hour late, 
HASA will open at 9 a.m. for staff and 9:30 a.m. for clients and Gateway School students. 
Clinical Services appointments scheduled before 9:30 a.m. will be canceled.

If the Baltimore City Public School System opens two hours late,
HASA will open at 10 a.m. for staff and 10:30 a.m. for clients and Gateway School students. 
Clinical Services appointments scheduled before 10:30 a.m. will be canceled.

If the Baltimore City Public School System closes one hour early, 
Gateway School dismisses one hour early and any classes in the HASA building are canceled. 
Clinical Services will close at 2:00 p.m. Any appointments scheduled at 2:00 p.m. or later will be canceled.

If the Baltimore City Public School System closes two hours early, 
Gateway School dismisses two hours early and any classes in the HASA building are canceled. 
Clinical Services will close at 1:00 p.m. Any appointments scheduled at 1:00 p.m. or later will be canceled. 

If the Baltimore City Public School System closes three hours early, 
Gateway School dismisses three hours early and any classes in the HASA building are canceled.
Clinical Services will close at 1:00 p.m. Any appointments scheduled at 1:00 p.m. or later will be canceled.  

If the Baltimore City Public School System announces that after-school activities are canceled, 
there will be no evening activities and the building will close at 5 p.m. Clinical Services will close at 4:30 p.m. 
Appointments scheduled at 4:30 p.m. or later will be canceled. 

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  • Partnership: large gifts help us expand and create new programs.
  • Commitment: smaller monthly gifts help to sustain our mission.
  • Hope: a planned gift, endowment or bequest can provide security for years to come.

HASA relies on the generosity of people in the Maryland community who have been touched by our services or who understand how precious the ability to communicate can be. You can rest assured that your contribution is well spent; 88 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to programs and services. 

 

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Community and Professional Resources

Parent Resource Center

HASA's Parent Resource Center is available to parents, families, and caregivers of children who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have speech-language or other communication disorders who would like to learn more about health and education options.

The Parent Resource Center is located on the second floor of The Hearing and Speech Agency, 5900 Metro Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215.  

The Parent Resource Center was created by The Hearing and Speech Agency and supported by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Genetics and Children with Special Health Care Needs. 

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Admissions

REGISTER FOR OUR OPEN HOUSES, THE SECOND FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH

The admissions process for all Gateway School programs begins with a referral from a parent/guardian, outside professional, or local school system and the completion of an application for admission. Your child’s application and records will be reviewed and a preadmission visit will be scheduled by our admissions team.

Comprised of experienced Gateway teachers and therapists, the admissions team may request additional information or assessments before making a decision. Throughout the admissions process, we will keep you informed and are eager to answer your questions whenever they arise.

Criteria for Admission

Gateway School accepts a student for admission if he/she meets the following criteria:

  • 2 through 12 years of age or currently enrolled in kindergarten or Grades 1 through 6.
  • Formal diagnosis or FCI code for one or more of the following primary disabilities:  autism, developmental delay, hearing loss, other health impairment, and speech and language impairment.
  • Present levels of academic performance: 12-18 months through 12 years or kindergarten or Grades 1 through 6.
  • If there are behavior problems, such as tantrums, impulsivity or non-compliance, the behavior problems are secondary to the primary disability.
  • Cognitive/psychological, educational, and/or speech/language assessments/screenings for the student are available for review.

When a referral packet is received from the Local School System (LSS), or a parent/guardian submits a Gateway School Application for Admission with student records, the educational director, or designated staff member, reviews the student’s records.  If Gateway School appears to be a viable school placement, the student will be scheduled for a pre-admission visit.  Following the pre-admission visit, a multi-disciplinary admissions team, which consists of the educational director, the behavior specialist, an occupational therapist, a social worker, a speech-language pathologist and a special educator will meet to consider the criteria for admission and to determine the student’s eligibility for placement in the school.

If the student does not meet the criteria for admission, the parent/guardian and/or the LSS are informed in writing of the school’s decision. If the student meets the criteria for admission, and there is an opening in an appropriate classroom, the parent/guardian and/or LSS representative will be informed of acceptance in writing.  At that time, an enrollment contract will be forwarded to the parent/guardian or a cost sheet will be sent to the LSS.

Please note:  In August of each year, the Criteria for Admissions will be distributed by the school’s administrative assistant to each local school system responsible for nonpublic placement of Gateway students.

 

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Deaf Awareness for the General Public - Hearing and Speech Agency

Deaf Awareness for the General Public

Deaf Awareness Workshops

HASA has an abiding commitment to improve the community's understanding of the deaf and hard of hearing and to deliver programs that meet their communication needs.

  • Ensure that qualified interpreters are available for each interpreting situation to sustain those services.
  • Inform public and private agencies, businesses, and organizations of equal access requirements for individuals with disabilities.
  • Stress the importance of clear, accurate communication between deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

CLICK HERE>> for more information or to register

Grand Rounds

HASA Interpreters Explain the Art of Working with a Deaf Patient through an Interpreter

HASA teams are available to Maryland hospitals for Grand Rounds to teach physicians embarking on their careers what to expect and what to do when a deaf patient requests an interpreter. Although the process sounds simple, it is very helpful to “see it in action” and understand the “Dos and Don’ts” of working with a deaf patient and his or her interpreter.

We recommend scheduling one of our half-hour demonstrations to show residents and medical students how to be most effective in an interpreted situation and what would constitute high-quality bedside manner with a member of the deaf community.

For more information or to schedule a Grand Rounds demonstration, please contact The Hearing and Speech Agency’s Centralized Interpreter Referral Service: 410-318-6780.

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Classes and Programs

PRESCHOOL CLASSES: AGES 2-5

Gateway School offers two programs for preschool children ages 2 through 5. One is a Listening and Spoken Language Program who serves children who are hard of hearing. Gateway School's other preschool program is for children with communication disorders that include speech and language delays, developmental delays, autism, and other conditions that may include hearing loss. Like all Gateway School programs, classes for your child are small, with a low student-teacher ratio of 3:1 or less. Our preschool students often face challenges of multiple and sometimes medically complicated conditions, but our teachers make their preschool experience nurturing and educational. They provide your child with the attention he or she needs.

KINDERGARTEN & ELEMENTARY CLASSES: AGES 5-12

Our kindergarten and elementary classes emphasize strengthening your child's language skills that support academic skills, social development, and personal independence. Specialized instructional strategies are used to develop reading, spelling, written language, and mathematics skills. Instruction in the areas of science and social studies is hands-on, multi-sensory, and emphasizes the development of language concepts. Instruction in social skills and adaptive/life skills is an important part of your child's educational program and is integrated throughout the school day.

THE LISTENING AND SPOKEN LANGUAGE PRESCHOOL
"LITTLE EARS, BIG VOICES"

Gateway School’s Listening and Spoken Language Preschool, “Little Ears, Big Voices” is for children ages 2 through 5 whose primary challenge is hearing loss. We teach children with moderate to profound hearing loss to listen and to talk, providing early childhood education and auditory training. Our preschool program is designed for children who use amplification or who have a cochlear implant. The language-based curriculum is delivered by a certified teacher of the deaf and a speech-language pathologist trained in auditory-oral treatment.Full-day classes meet daily and small-group and individual instruction are provided.

OUR LISTENING AND SPOKEN LANGUAGE PRESCHOOL’S APPROACH

Children who develop spoken language have the option to participate fully in the mainstream community. “Oral children” (children who are deaf or who have severely to profoundly hard of hearing but can understand and use spoken language) can successfully learn to read and write through conventional methods. Children in Gateway’s Listening and Spoken Language Preschool receive comprehensive audiological management on-site. Teachers and professionals collaborate to meet the individual needs of every child and staff are experts in deafness, technology, acoustics, and speech and language development. We have created an environment that nurtures self-esteem, independence, creativity, and problem solving, as the children develop listening and speech skills. Spoken English is the only language used by children at “Little Ears, Big Voices.” Our rigorous academics, which follow the Maryland State Curriculum, prepare children for mainstream kindergartens/elementary schools. 

THE CLASSES

  • Children learn in an encouraging environment with others who have severe to profound hearing loss 
  • High expectations are placed on the children to use verbal communication skills
  • Acoustic strategies are used throughout the day
  • Small student-teacher ratio
  • Children grouped according to language needs
  • Direct language, speech and auditory development during all activities
  • Our classroom environments include sound-field systems and personal FM systems 
  • Our state-of-the-art campus offers speech-language therapy rooms, a library, computer lab, auditorium, gymnasium and playground

A TYPICAL DAY

  • Daily listening checks and troubleshooting help maintain the children’s use of audition
  • Circle time incorporates math, reading, science and social interaction 
  • Movement  period encourages gross motor development 
  • Rigorous academics help prepare students for kindergarten 
  • Portfolios and Language Experience Books provide carryover between home and school

YOUR CHILD’S MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS

The audiologist, speech-language pathologist and Teacher of the Deaf collaborate with the family to ensure the success of your child. The role of the audiologist is to discuss audiology options and review results with parents as requested. He/she also serves as a consultant during IEP (Individualized Education Program) team meetings, assists with classroom acoustics and technology, and troubleshoots equipment. The speech-language pathologist provides weekly sessions of group and individual speech and language therapy to improve your child’s verbal communication. The Teacher of the Deaf develops your child’s listening and speaking skills, teaching language skills along with academics

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Speech-Language Evaluation and Therapy 
  • Family Education and Support 
  • Auditory-Oral Therapy 
  • Collaboration and Support of Inclusion 
  • Audiological Management 
Working with an Interpreter - Hearing and Speech Agency

Working with an Interpreter

  • If you are using any highly technical language, review it with the interpreter before the meeting.
  • Discuss ways for the interpreter to ask for clarification during the interaction (for example, raising a hand for the speaker to slow down).
  • Position the interpreter so that the deaf person can see the speaker and the interpreter at all times. Avoid direct light behind those involved in the interpreting situation as it can hinder visibility.
  • Speak directly to the deaf person, not the interpreter. Keep eye contact with the deaf person and direct your remarks to him/her. Always observe the same courtesies in the presence of a deaf person that you would with a hearing person. If there is information you do not want interpreted, it should be discussed privately.
  • The interpreter is usually one sentence behind the speaker. This time lapse may cause a delayed response from the deaf person. If reading a speech, pause at the end of important points. This is more helpful to the interpreter than reading slowly.
  • Provide the interpreter with any information relevant to the assignment before it begins. Items such as agendas, programs, copies of speeches or sheet music can be invaluable to the interpreter.

Typical Examples of Interpreted Situations Include

  • Education
  • Counseling
  • Employment
  • Medical care
  • Mass media
  • Legal/court rooms
  • Religious settings
  • Law enforcement
  • Recreation
  • Social services
  • Cultural events
  • Community meetings
  • Financial transactions
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Conventions
  • Job interviews 

The Interpreter’s Role

An interpreter acts as a communication link between people who are hearing and people who are deaf. Sign language is a highly developed form of visual communication with a unique grammatical structure. Hand signs, finger spelling, gestures, lip movements, facial expressions and body movements are all used to express and receive messages. Similarly, an oral interpreter may use more than lip movement when communicating the message.

The responsibility of the interpreter is to interpret everything that is said into sign language and to interpret everything that is signed into spoken English. The interpreter conveys the emotions and messages of the people involved and does not add or delete information. The interpreter is required to remain neutral and does not share opinions or give advice.

Why the Need for an Interpreter? 

Interpreted situations occur where and when clear, accurate communication needs to take place between a deaf or hard-of-hearing person and a hearing person. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act require most employers, schools, government entities and places of public accommodation to provide qualified interpreters or auxiliary aids to ensure effective communication.

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Occupational Therapy

Problems with motor skills, the ability to process sensory information, visual perception skills, and other factors prevent many children from performing daily activities. Through “targeted play,” we work with children to help them overcome these difficulties.

Indications that an evaluation may be needed include:

  • Gross motor problems, such as walking, running, jumping, and skipping
  • Fine motor problems, including difficulty manipulating small objects, using scissors, and fastening clothing
  • Low muscle tone in the mouth, hands, legs, arms, and problems with posture
  • Over-sensitivity or under-reaction to touch, movement, sights, and sounds
  • Constant movement or slowness in becoming active
  • Impulsiveness and/or distractibility
  • Difficulty adjusting to new situations
  • Delays in developing speech, language, motor skills, and/or academic achievement
  • Handwriting problems

Next Steps

CLICK HERE>> to make an appointment with an occupational therapist or call 410.318.6780.

Visits are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and evenings by appointment.

Our occupational therapists are certified by the National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapists and are licensed by the Maryland State Board of Occupational Therapy Practice.

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Center for Fluency Enhancement

What is Stuttering?     Causes of Stuttering     

Stuttering in Children          

Assessment, treatment, family education and advocacy are the cornerstones of this comprehensive program for children and adults who stutter. Therapy is supported by the newest research findings, is individualized and is provided by speech-language pathologists who specialize in stuttering treatment.

Next Steps

To make an appointment with a certified Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in fluency, call 410.318.6780 or e-mail hasa@hasa.org. Relay is 711. Visits are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and evenings by appointment.

For more information on the Baltimore Area Stuttering Support Group, please email John Sloan.

Speech-Language Services Provided

In the United States, 10% of adults and children live with a speech-language disorder or delay. For some, their speech-language difficulties have little impact on their lives. But for most, especially children, an untreated speech-language disorder can lead to difficulties in school, social isolation and progressive learning disabilities. Intervention by a certified speech-language pathologist can have a significant impact on the quality of speech and communication—and the quality of life—for most patients and their families.

The Hearing and Speech Agency evaluates and treats clients of all ages. Because of staff expertise and sophisticated technology, we can offer a variety of options for overcoming problems involving:

  • Speech/articulation
  • Oral-motor abilities 
  • Auditory processing
  • Stuttering
  • Language learning abilities 
  • Language-based reading difficulties 
  • Therapy related to cochlear implants and/or hearing loss 
  • Auditory/oral therapy
  • Accent modification

Our speech-language pathologists and audiologists are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and are licensed by the Maryland Board of Examiners for Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers and Speech-Language Pathologists.

Our occupational therapists are certified by the National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapists and are licensed by the Maryland State Board of Occupational Therapy Practice.

HEALTH INSURANCE ACCEPTED AT HASA

While we accept most major insurances, insurance coverage varies by carrier and treatment.  Please note that insurance companies offer a variety of policies to their customers. Please check with your insurance company to learn what HASA services are covered. 

What Does A Speech, Language, And Hearing Benefit Include?

  • Services provided by a speech-language pathologist or audiologist certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Speech, language, swallowing and audiologic assessment and treatment for disorders resulting from:
    • Illness
    • Disease
    • Injury
    • Congenital and/or developmental conditions
  • Adequate number of treatment sessions to attain or restore functional communication or feeding/swallowing skills
  • Hearing aid assessment, fitting, orientation, and hearing aids
  • Assessment for augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) device, the AAC device and associated treatment

Is it time for a speech-language evaluation?

If you or your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms, please consider the peace of mind that comes from a thorough evaluation. If further attention is required, HASA’s professional staff is ready to help. Indications that an evaluation may be needed include:

  • Difficulty speaking or being understood 
  • Problems understanding or following directions 
  • Trouble remembering or paying attention 
  • Frustration finding words to express basic needs
  • Difficulty reading and writing 
  • Hoarseness and/or difficulty swallowing

Client Concerns

Some HASA clients are initially concerned about being tested for a speech or language problem. Parents sometimes worry that the test itself could leave their child feeling inadequate. But HASA’s approach is nurturing and reassuring. Our clients meet some of the finest professionals in the region and enjoy the modern, safe surroundings at our northwest Baltimore facility. Parking is free and just a few steps from the front door. What’s more, family members and other caregivers are encouraged to become part of our clients’ progress team.

Next Steps

To make an appointment with a speech, language, or fluency specialist, or to arrange occupational therapy for your child, call 410.318.6780 or e-mail hasa@hasa.org. Relay is 711.

Visits are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and evenings by appointment.


Speech-Language Evaluations for Outside Organizations

HASA speech-language pathologists welcome the opportunity to come to your school or place of business to conduct speech-language screenings for students or staff. Results of the screenings indicate whether or not speech-language development is normal or should be further evaluated. Prices vary with size of group. Please contact Olga Polites, Director of Clinical Services, at 410.318.6780 for more information.

Next Steps

To speak with someone about scheduling a Speech-Language testing day for your school or other organization, call 410.318.6780 or e-mail hasa@hasa.org.

 Relay is 711.

Visits are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and evenings by appointment.

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Audiology Testing Services for Outside Organizations

HASA audiologists welcome the opportunity to come to your school or place of business to perform hearing screenings for students or staff. Results of the screenings indicate whether or not hearing is normal or shows signs of abnormality and should be further evaluated. Prices vary with size of group. Please contact Olga Polites, Director of Clinical Services, at 410.318.6780 for more information.

Pediatric Audiology Services

HASA audiologists are experts at working with babies and children. Our audiologists meet the highest level of professional certification including graduate degrees from top-level universities. HASA is equipped with two sound-proof booths for the most precise audiology testing/diagnosis, and our state-of-the-art equipment includes sophisticated ABR (auditory brainstem response) equipment for performing accurate hearing tests on babies and young children who cannot be tested behaviorally. Equally important, we offer an environment that is pleasant and family centered.

Services Provided

HASA Audiologists Provide the Following Services for Babies and Children:

  • Comprehensive hearing testing, including middle ear testing and cochlear outer hair cell testing
  • Hearing aid evaluation, selection, customization, repair and modifications
  • Advice and sale of hearing aid accessories and batteries 
  • Hearing aid dispensing (digital technology from all major manufacturers)
  • Fitting of custom earmolds 
  • Custom hearing protection, including musician’s plugs and swim plugs
  • Personal FM systems
  • Cerumen (earwax) removal prior to testing 

How Do I Know if My Child is Hard of Hearing?

You should be concerned if your infant or child:

  • Does not pass the newborn hearing screening or school screening
  • Does not respond when you speak to him/her
  • Is not startled at loud noise 
  • Is delayed in developing speech 
  • Does not pay attention to music 
  • Cannot hear you when you call from another room 
  • Wants you to turn up the television or DVD player 
  • Does not imitate speech sounds

The audiologists at HASA will conduct a painless, comprehensive hearing assessment and make recommendations if a problem is detected. If an undiagnosed medical condition is suspected, a referral will be made to the appropriate specialist. If a hearing aid is recommended, the audiologist will guide you through the process of obtaining hearing aids and suggest a range of available programs and services for the entire family.

We accept most major insurances, including Medical Assistance.

Mission and History

Mission

Clear and effective communication is a necessity; there is a compelling need to understand and to be understood.  HASA supports and facilitates individual choice in how to communicate. Our audiology, education, interpreting and speech-language services enable effective communication for individuals and families. 

History

On November 19, 1926, Miss Olive Whildin helped start the Speech Readers’ League of Baltimore. “The League” was designed to be a community center for the hard of hearing, promote interest in and study of speech reading, work for the advancement and welfare of the hard of hearing, provide recreational opportunities for its members, and encourage medical and scientific research. Monthly meetings, parties,teas, and picnics were well attended. 

Yet even as far back as 1927, the League offered members and the general public vital social services, all free of charge. Lip-reading classes were held at League headquarters; students showcased their skills in staged “tournaments.” During the 1930s, the League—by then known as the League for the Hard of Hearing—inaugurated a hearing-aid demonstration program to enable people to “test drive” different models. Used hearing aids were loaned to those who couldn’t afford to buy them; financial aid and free batteries for hearing aids were provided, as well. 

On August 31, 1940, The League became a member of the Community Fund, now known as The United Way. For the first time, League directors had the budget to relocate, expand programs and add professional staff. For many years following, the Community Fund played a major part in the organization’s success. After World War II improved technology and refinement of rehabilitation led to a staff that consisted mostly of trained specialists. Eventually, a scale of fees for most services was gradually introduced, with reduced fees available for low-income clients.

With the inauguration of Gateway School and a speech-language therapy program in 1960, what was once a small private club was now a large organization serving hundreds of patients and clients each year. To reflect such growth in mission, in 1966 the organization changed its name to The Hearing and Speech Agency of Metropolitan Baltimore.

By 1975 the Agency had outgrown its headquarters at 928 N. Charles Street and, thanks to its first capital campaign, purchased old Goucher Hall at 2220 St. Paul Street. In 1986 HASA established the Centralized Interpreter Referral Service (CIRS) to enable private and public agencies, businesses, and organizations to offer accessible services by linking interpreters with deaf and hard of hearing consumers.  HASA’s latest milestone: In November 2003 the Agency moved into its newly constructed facility, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building, 5900 Metro Drive, located in Baltimore City, just off Northern Parkway.

A private, nonprofit organization located in Baltimore City, The Hearing and Speech Agency leads the way as a direct service provider, information resource center, and advocate for people of all ages and incomes who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech-language disabilities.

Gateway School

      

   


GATEWAY AT A GLANCE

Gateway School was founded in 1960 and is an 11-month, nonpublic, coeducational facility for children ages 2 through 12 with communication challenges. We are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Gateway School meets the criteria for non-public tuition assistance and private pay students also attend. Our state-of-the-art campus offers bright classrooms equipped with sound-field systems and personal FM systems, speech-language therapy rooms, a library, computer lab, auditorium, gymnasium, and playground.

Special education teachers and instructional assistants implement our educational program for your child. The special education teachers are responsible for classroom management, modifying the curriculum to meet your child's needs, and they are responsible for the direct supervision of instructional assistants. All members of your child’s multidisciplinary team meet the training requirements of their professional associations and are certified and licensed in Maryland. Students are assigned to classes based on chronological age, language age, and the level of academic performance. Social skills and behavioral functioning are also taken into consideration in making class assignments.

Gateway School is a warm, nurturing place where children are individuals. Each child's program is developed based on his/her communication, educational, social, and behavioral needs. Using research-based intervention strategies and a positive behavioral intervention program along with intensive therapy as needed, children advance appropriately toward attaining language, social, motor, and academic goals. Language experiences and direct instruction facilitate language, cognition, and academic readiness for preschool students. For older students in kindergarten, grades one through six, or a non-graded program, the curriculum incorporates language learning within the subject areas of reading, written language, mathematics, science and social studies. The development of social and adaptive/life skills for school and the community is fostered throughout the program for all students. In addition, all students participate in weekly computer instruction, music, art, library, and recreation classes. 

POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS AND SUPPORTS PROGRAM

At Gateway School your child understands clearly what type of behavior is acceptable and what is not acceptable. Good behavior is reinforced in a number of ways, and your child has numerous opportunities throughout the week to earn “gold” (gold doubloons), which he/she can use to “purchase” items at the Gateway store every Friday. The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) approach addresses problem behavior by identifying the following:

  • The environmental events, circumstances, and interactions that trigger problem behavior
  • The purpose of the problem behavior
  • The best support strategies for preventing the problem behavior 

All of our students are taught to Be Safe, Be Kind, and Be Ready

Introduction - Hearing and Speech Agency

Introduction

In the United States, 10% of adults and children live with a speech-language disorder or delay. For some, their speech-language difficulties have little impact on their lives. But for most, especially children, an untreated speech-language disorder can lead to difficulties in school, social isolation and progressive learning disabilities. Intervention by a certified speech-language pathologist can have a significant impact on the quality of speech and communication—and the quality of life—for most patients and their families.

The Hearing and Speech Agency evaluates and treats clients of all ages. Because of staff expertise and sophisticated technology, we can offer a variety of options for overcoming problems involving:

  • Speech/articulation
  • Oral-motor abilities 
  • Auditory processing
  • Stuttering
  • Language learning abilities 
  • Language-based reading difficulties 
  • Therapy related to cochlear implants and/or hearing loss 
  • Auditory/oral therapy
  • Accent modification

Our speech-language pathologists and audiologists are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and are licensed by the Maryland Board of Examiners for Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers and Speech-Language Pathologists.

Our occupational therapists are certified by the National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapists and are licensed by the Maryland State Board of Occupational Therapy Practice.

 

HEALTH INSURANCE ACCEPTED AT HASA

 

While we accept most major insurances, insurance coverage varies by carrier and treatment.  Please note that insurance companies offer a variety of policies to their customers. Please check with your insurance company to learn what HASA services are covered. 

What Does a Speech, Language, and Hearing Benefit Include?

  • Services provided by a speech-language pathologist or audiologist certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Speech, language, swallowing and audiologic assessment and treatment for disorders resulting from:
    • Illness
    • Disease
    • Injury
    • Congenital and/or developmental conditions
  • Adequate number of treatment sessions to attain or restore functional communication or feeding/swallowing skills
  • Hearing aid assessment, fitting, orientation, and hearing aids
  • Assessment for augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) device, the AAC device and associated treatment

Get Involved


Audiology

      

The Hearing and Speech Agency's Audiology services were the founding department at The League for the Hard of Hearing. Today, our audiologists provide adult and pediatric services that range from comprehensive hearing evaluations to cochlear implant candidacy evaluations. We offer customized hearing protection, as well as hearing aid evaluations, selections, and repairs. 

          

          

Introduction - Hearing and Speech Agency

Introduction

The Hearing and Speech Agency (HASA) is a private, non-profit organization that provides hearing and speech services, offers an information resource center and advocates for people of all ages with communication disorders/disabilities.

Our services include hearing tests, hearing aids, hearing-aid repair, speech-language evaluations and therapy, auditory-oral therapy, oral deaf education, pre- and post-cochlear implant services, occupational and physical therapy, special education, sign language and oral interpreting, sign-language classes, Deaf awareness seminars, social work, and parent support groups.

Why come to The Hearing and Speech Agency? Because we offer services that support not only the patient, but take the whole family into consideration. We are highly credentialed professionals, who choose to work in a small, more intimate environment and we are dedicated to the belief that better communication can bring a better quality of life to our students and clients and their families.

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Request an Interpreter

 

Via Phone:  410-318-6780

Via Email: cirsrep@hasa.org 

Requests should include the following information:

Location | Directions | Parking Arrangements
Type of event
Start and End time of event
Number of participants
Deaf participant's name and language preference
Meeting agenda | Script | Schedule 
Any other info that could be valuable in scheduling the interpreter

 


Please call 410.318.6780 or email to receive fees and policy schedule.

HASAHarry and Jeanette Weinberg Building 5900 Metro Drive Baltimore, MD 21215 410.318.6780