The Manchester Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
offers a variety of services to support students:
Itinerant Teaching: Mannchester Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides a certified Teacher of the Deaf who performs consultative services district wide for pre-school through high school students with a hearing loss. These services include:
Guidance Counseling: Services are a part of the Manchester Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s commitment to work to develop each student’s potential, physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. Our staff counselor is fluent in sign language and trained to work with deaf and hard of hearing students. Services are provided on individual and group basis with a focus on social skills for elementary students. On the high school level our counselor works with students preparing to transition from school to higher education and work.
Psychological Services:Psychological services are provided by staff psychologist who work with the D/HH student population and are fluent in sign language. Appointments and/or consultation sessions may be scheduled with students, teachers, and/or parents to address guidance or behavioral issues and learning needs. Testing services include individual psycho-educational evaluations, academic achievement evaluations, proficiency testing, and assessment of transitional needs for school-to-work or higher education.
Speech and Language Therapy: The speech and language therapists provide direct services to students through individual and group therapy sessions as well as collaborating with classroom teachers to implement I.E.P. goals. Services include aural habilitation, articulation therapy and laguage intervention. Formal assessments are administered triannually and are used to project goals and objectives for each student's I.E.P.
Cochlear Implantation Benefits: Many deaf children benefit from cochlear implantation. The MPDHH offers services to maximize auditory skill development and oral speech skills by a speech language pathologist experienced working with cochlear implant technology and intervention strategies. Integration of skills into the classroom is achieved through collaboration with the classroom teacher.