Classes and Programs - Hearing and Speech Agency

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 

Hearing and Speech AgencyHarry and Jeanette Weinberg Building 5900 Metro Drive Baltimore, MD 21215 410.318.6780