This program serves students who qualify as having an auditory impairment and whose hearing loss interferes with the processing of linguistic information. This student’s educational performance, even with recommended amplification, is adversely affected, giving him or her greater need for educational assistance. A student is determined eligible for this program by either an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) for students ages birth-3 years of age of by an Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee for students ages 3-21 years.
The Northwest Harris County Cooperative for the Hearing Impaired is a Regional Dayschool program for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (RDSPD) which works in partnership with the State of Texas , Education Service Centers and local school districts. Due to the low incidence of hearing impairment, students may come from several districts to a central location (public school) for education services or students may be served by teachers who are certified to work with students who are deaf/hard of hearing on their home campuses. As part of the Northwest Harris County Cooperative for the Hearing Impaired, classes for students who have auditory impairments are offered at Birkes Elementary, Hancock Elementary, Campbell Middle School and Cy-Ridge High School . The Co-op serves students in a variety of ways. They may be served through a parent-infant program (students who are birth to 3 years of age), site-based classes in the public school setting, and an itinerant program for students who are served on their home campuses. In addition to receiving instruction at the on-site campuses, students with auditory impairments may be served by itinerant teachers on the student’s home campus. Additional services may be provided by a speech pathologist, counselor and/or an audiologist.
The Northwest Harris County Cooperative for the Hearing Impaired is located in Cypress Fairbanks ISD. This Cooperative serves five school districts including Cypress Fairbanks ISD, Spring ISD, Klein ISD, Tomball ISD, Spring Branch ISD and Waller ISD. In addition, the Co-op serves middle and high school age students in Katy ISD.
- A counselor and speech pathologists that are specifically trained to work with students who are deaf/hard of hearing.
- Audiological services.
- Interpreting services as recommended by the ARD committee.
- Occupational and /or physical therapy as recommended by the ARD committee
- Sign language classes for parents and community
PARENT INFANT PROGRAM
- This program serves children with auditory impairment ranging in ages from birth to 3 years of age. This service is coordinated with an Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program.
- A home-based program is utilized that centers on the needs of both the parent(s) and the child.
- The program uses the home environment to develop language and stimulate speech and auditory skills in the child.
- The SKI*HI and/or INSITE models are utilized with the children in addition to other educational programs.
SITE BASED CLASSROOMS
- All classes are located in public school settings.
- Programming is provided from early childhood to senior high.
- Speech and auditory training is provided on all campuses.
- Students have the opportunity to be mainstreamed in both academic and non-academic settings with their hearing peers.
- Students may participate in co-teach settings (a general education setting with a teacher of students who are deaf/hard of hearing.
- The high school program provides alternatives to meet student’s needs in both academic and vocational tracts.
- This program serves students who are deaf/hard of hearing ranging in age from 3-22 years of age who attend schools within their home school districts.
- Teachers with certification in deaf education travel among the school districts to provide students with direct and/or consultative services.
- Direct services generally emphasize language development, speech and auditory training.