Spokane Hearing Oral Program of Excellence

believes in improving the quality of life of children and families in the communities we serve in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Through our early intervention programs, HOPE targets a critical intervention window that has direct impact on helping children with hearing loss develop the speech and language skills they need to reach their full potential in school and in life. Our services prepare children with hearing loss for lifelong learning with minimal specialized support in the mainstream K-12 environment, so they may ultimately become productive members of society.

Grad student cooking with the students.

Birth-3 In Home Therapy

Through the Spokane Regional Health District, HOPE School’s Teacher of the Deaf  serves infants with a hearing loss and their families in the natural environment of their homes to provide hands-on, practical strategies to develop early listening and spoken language skills, while supporting the families with pertinent age-appropriate information.

Pre-School and Toddler Group

The educational team providing daily services to our students is comprised of a highly qualified and certified Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, along with a team of graduate students in Speech-Language Pathology from the University Programs in Communication Disorders (UPCD), Eastern Washington University and Washington State University, who are supervised by the Speech and Hearing Sciences (SHS) faculty. HOPE School is proud to be in partnership with the universities to offer a prestigious clinical experience for the SHS graduate students while providing the most up-to-date speech-language therapy services to our HOPE School students.

Speech-Language Therapy

Housed within the Health Sciences Building on the Riverpoint Campus, HOPE School has the unique privilege of collaborating with graduate students from the EWU Department of Communication Disorders and WSU Department of Speech and Hearing to provide daily individual speech-language therapy and audiology services to our preschool students under the supervision of a state licensed and nationally certified speech-language pathologist.

Individual speech-language therapy may be available before and after toddler group as well.

Parent/Caregiver Support

At HOPE School we support not only our students with hearing loss, but also the entire family. One of the most valuable resources a child can have is an educated and involved parent. HOPE School works hard to ensure that our parents have the resources and support they need to be strong advocates for their children with hearing loss. Behind every successful child is a team of supporters lifting and guiding the child along their journey. HOPE School is blessed to be part of that team.

 Outreach Mainstream Services

HOPE School has been a proud partner of the Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss (CDHL) since 2011 and has collaborated with this state agency in delivering critical inclusion services to students from birth to twenty-one years of age and who are placed in their neighborhood schools primarily throughout Eastern and Central Washington. Support services are available from HOPE School in English and Spanish.

Family Communication Services

Daily Letter

This letter serves as an invaluable tool in getting information about the school day into the hands of the parents. The letter recaps in detail the day’s activities and includes pictures taken during class, vocabulary, and concepts to work on at home, and a list of important dates/events to remember. This Daily Letter is critical for children with hearing loss who require intense repetition of the words and sentences they hear during the school day. Pictures and details are different between AM & PM class letters. The cost of color copies (paper and ink) are significant but worth the expense. We participate in an ink cartridge recycling program to reduce the cost.

Individual Communication Books

These books provide an opportunity for exchange of information and ideas between the parents, classroom teacher, graduate students, and private therapy providers. The cost of 16-20 notebooks is insignificant when compared to the benefits the books provide.

 Parent Support Meetings

Evening and lunch meetings are held throughout the year to provide a venue for parents to learn about supporting their children in oral language acquisition from guest speakers, professionals and fellow parents.