Manchester Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Manchester School District guarantees access to quality education in a regional setting for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, from preschool through twelfth grade. The Manchester Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MPDHH) is the largest program in New Hampshire, serving a diverse student population including deaf, hard of hearing and students with multiple challenges. On all levels, students are involved with age appropriate peers, hearing, deaf and hard of hearing students.
The Manchester Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is staffed by highly qualified teachers, specialists and educational assistants prepared to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing students. Using an integrated approach, developed in a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), the education team seeks to maximize opportunities for developing student’s academic, intellectual, social and emotional growth while focusing on their the unique strengths and abilities.
Language development and communication skills are the foundational blocks for this program on every level. The Manchester Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing does not endorse one communication method over another. We choose communication methodologies that best match a student’s needs. Including spoken English, sign supported English and American Sign Language. We are equipped to meet the needs of students with cochlear implants (CIs) as well as students who use hearing aids and FM systems. We encourage the use residual hearing and students receive related services designed to help them maximize the use of their CIs and hearing aids.
Educational services may be accessed in the regular classroom setting or in a resource setting. Students are placed in mainstream classes based on the recommendations in their IEP. The education team meets on an ongoing basis to monitor a student's placement and progress to ensure success. Each student’s individual education plan may include speech and language therapy, counseling services and other services based on individual needs.
Our staff serve as Deaf and Hard of Hearing role models. We have on staff Teachers of the Deaf, Interpreters, Tutors and Educational Assistants. We also have on staff Speech and Language Specialists, School Psychologists and Counselors who are trained to work with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.
Program Highlights - What We Offer:
Side by Side Preschool Program
Children with hearing aids, cochlear implants and FM systems will learn side by side with Manchester students with typical hearing. A certified teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing and an experienced paraprofessional provide classroom instruction, Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 11:30 am. Classes are small (no larger than 10 children) to allow for individual attention and nurturing.
The Side by Side Program is open for children ages 3-5 that are ready for an interactive preschool experience. Enrollment is open to hard of hearing children from Manchester and surrounding districts as well as children with typical hearing from Manchester. Preschool age siblings of current deaf and hard of hearing students may be excellent candidates for this program.
We recognize that student’s needs change over time. Placement is determined by a student's academic ability and their need for support and services. Students may access the curriculum in the mainstream with interpreting services and /or technical support or in the resource room with direct instruction from a certified teacher of the deaf. Students may take classes in the mainstream on a full time or incremental basis.
Kindergarten Through High School Programs
The high school level offers the additional option of vocational classes and programs. The educational team work to develop a plan for each student to help them become a successful citizen in school and in the community.
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