Listening Ears – A Starkey Education Initiative, is a unique school, first one of its kind, in this part of the world. What makes Listening Ears unique is that it prepares the children with hearing-impairment, for listening and speaking like all the other normal children. Listening Ears is a mission to enable the children in its care to attend the regular mainstream schools along with their peers.
Enrollment process for Listening Ears involves sessions of interaction between Child Psychologist and parents to gauge their interest and purpose of enrolment.
Children will be taken through to a complete hearing assessment to assess their hearing levels and knowledge of sounds and words they possess, if any. A detailed baseline speech and language evaluation will also be performed by a team of speech and language pathologists.
We provide extensive school programs, adept staffs and expert faculty to guide your child through the sessions to a better level of understanding. However, parents’ or guardians’ involvement is also required in grooming up the child.
This is followed by filling up an application form.
The overall objective of this programme is to teach young children with hearing impairment to be competent communicators in spoken language and prepare them for mainstreaming.
Listening Ears– A Starkey Education Initiative – curriculum is designed on the basis of Auditory-Verbal Approach of teaching young children with hearing loss to listen, learn and talk.
In developing this curriculum, a comprehensive range of resources including a developmental checklist, assessment tools and professional literature have been used and referenced.
This curriculum provides a clear understanding of the scope and sequence of what we are teaching as well as establishing current levels of development for individual children.
Our curriculum has both six months and long term goals, which are further divided into monthly and weekly goals (short term).
Each month provides fun and engaging activities that we will do in the school. In addition there are carry over activities for parents to use at home to develop the child’s core learning areas of; audition, receptive language, expressive language and speech. Each week introduces a story book as well as a song or rhyme that supports the child’s targets. During the week, there are also strategies identified that will support families in working with their children.
We, at Listening Ears – A Starkey Education Initiative, provide a wide range of teaching and training facilities to our students to mainstream them into regular education in future. Our facilities and amenities are developed to orient our students and their parents to the Listening Ears approach. With an objective of creating an enabling space for the hearing impaired children, we have created a world-class facility that offers customised solutions.
Listening Ears – A Starkey Education Initiative comprises a team of experienced and certified staffs and faculty to bring up your hearing-impaired child to live an ordinary, independent life.
The team of therapists, pathologists, specialists and staffs are trained under a range of obligatory training courses including First Aider, Special Educational Needs, Deaf Awareness, Health and Safety, and Risk Assessment. Further, our staffs and coordinators are introduced to inclusive education.
At Listening Ears, the parents can observe the class, real-time-live, sitting in the ante-room, with the help of CCTV, on a dedicated monitor.
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Along with education and training, we, at Listening Ears, provide the children with Clinical Services. This regularly serves the students with assessment and management of their hearing and ensues a proper functioning of their hearing aids.