About Outreach

ASD's Outreach and Support Services are available to deaf and hard of hearing children, youth and adults, and the school districts and other service providers that serve them, throughout the state of Connecticut . Services are offered at our West Hartford campus, at our regional office in Norwich and on-site at local schools. Resources, consultations and other services are provided to local school districts on a fee-for-service and/or cost reimbursement basis. Services include:

Birth to Three

ASD'S BIRTH-TO-THREE

For nearly 35 years, ASD's Birth-to-Three Program has been providing statewide comprehensive home and community-based services for deaf and hard of hearing infants and children, from birth to age three, and their families. Our program is guided by the principle that each family and child is unique and that children can learn to communicate in a variety of ways. We provide families with accurate, unbiased information regarding the different language/communication approaches available, including the use of speech, listening and sign language.

Based upon the family's choice, we offer comprehensive services to meet the needs of each child and family. Services are provided year-round with flexible hours to meet the needs of each family. The ASD Birth-to-Three Program is approved as a provider by the State of Connecticut, and is part of Connecticut's Birth To Three Delivery System.
 

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Knowledgeable Staff

Our service providers are certified professionals who have received special training in supporting families with infants and young deaf and hard of hearing children, including those with additional developmental needs. Our pediatric audiologists have extensive experience working with very young children with hearing losses from mild to profound, including auditory neuropathy/dys-synchrony using the latest technology of hearing aids, FMs and cochlear implants. We have bilingual staff fluent in Spanish and American Sign Language. All staff meet the Connecticut Birth-to-Three personnel standards.

Comprehensive Services

Each child and family receives a comprehensive assessment. Together the family and service provider develop an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). Based on a family's choice in the method of communicating with their child, our services can be provided to support aural/oral, auditory/verbal and/or sign language communication systems. Provided year-round with flexible hours to meet the needs of each family, services may include:

  • Service coordination
  • Home visits
  • Audiological services
  • Loaner hearing aids
  • Sign language instruction for parents, siblings and other family members
  • Other supports such as physical therapy and occupational therapy
  • Access to ASD Family Education Services and community resources

Supporting Families

Our goal is to provide families with the resources, support, and guidance that best meets the unique, individual needs of their infant or young child. Families are provided with balanced and objective information regarding hearing loss, cochlear implants, and the various communication approaches available including oral, auditory/verbal, cued speech, and American Sign Language. It is critical that families be given the opportunity to explore options for communicating with their children and be able to make positive, informed choices. This enables parents to communicate in the way that is most effective and appropriate for their child and family. Meeting other parents and deaf adults also provides an important source of information and support. We promote this through community resources to include ASD's  Parent Center and Lending Library, parent-to-parent meetings, local parent groups, Mothers' Weekend, Fathers' Weekend and Family Learning Weekend as well as Family Sign Language classes.

For more information, contact:
860-570-2334

Outreach Audiology

Audiology Services

A wide variety of educational audiological services are available for deaf and hard of hearing students at ASD, as well as Public School Districts including:

  • Comprehensive hearing evaluations
  • Dispensing, fitting and repair of hearing aids and other auditory devices
  • Aural habilitation/cochlear implant therapy
  • Listening and communication training and strategies
  • Medical, educational and community referrals
  • In-service training and consultation on hearing impairments for school personnel
  • Public School consultation, In-Service on hearing impairments

Similar services may be available to non-ASD students through the ASD Educational Audiological Outreach Services.

Outreach Audiology Services

ASD's Outreach Services include cochlear implant services, audiology and aural habilitation services staffed by state-licensed audiologists. Services are developed in coordination with school district staff and range from a single in-service to weekly aural habilitation services.

Cochlear Implant Services

ASD's Cochlear Implant (CI) Center offers comprehensive services including consultation, MAPping, repairs and maintenance, Aural habilitation and support with assistive devices.

Consultation is available for those considering cochlear implantation, as well as for schools, businesses, and centers in need of information regarding cochlear implants. Audiologists will assist in determining if one is an appropriate candidate for cochlear implantation, and informational kits are available for those interested in learning more about cochlear implants. Center staff are also available to provide workshops and/or training for school staff regarding how to provide the most appropriate services to students with cochlear implants, as well as peer in-services to educate other students about cochlear implants.

MAPping is provided on site for those with Nucleus (Cochlear Corporation), Clarion (Advanced Bionics) and Med-El equipment. ASD's full cochlear implant mapping facility provides each student/individual with a comprehensive MAP report, which offers a detailed explanation of what each MAP/program contains, recommendations as to when and why to change programs and which program to choose, an explanation of what sounds/environments each program is designed to enhance, suggested therapy tasks (when appropriate) and a recommended schedule for subsequent MAPs.

Testing, repairs and maintenance are available at the Cochlear Implant Center, including audiologic testing, troubleshooting and repairs of Cochlear Implants, replacement of external parts and repairs through manufacturers.

Therapeutic services include aural habilitation (listening therapy) in addition to the speech and language services offered through ASD. MAPping services may incorporate recommendations from therapy providers. MAPping adjustments are heavily speech focused.

Assistive Devices available for those using cochlear implants include personal or classroom FM Systems. Devices may be purchased or rented.

For more information, please contact:

Tommy Meehan
Director of Education
860-899-1082
tommy.meehan@asd-1817.org

Diana P. Gonzalez Au.D., CCC-A
Doctor of Audiology
Coordinator of Outreach Audiology Services
860-570-2321
diana.gonzalez@asd-1817.org

Denise A. Monte, MS CCC-A
Educational Audiologist
Audiology Department Coordinator
860-570-2315
denise.monte@asd-1817.org

Cochlear Implants

COCHLEAR IMPLANTS

ASD's Cochlear Implant (CI) Center offers comprehensive services including consultation, MAPping, repairs and maintenance, Aural habilitation and support with assistive devices.

Consultation is available for those considering cochlear implantation. Educational Audiologists are available to provide workshops and/or training for school staff regarding how to provide the most appropriate services to students with cochlear implants, as well as peer in-services to educate other students about cochlear implants.

MAPping is provided on site for those with Nucleus (Cochlear Corporation), and Clarion (Advanced Bionics) equipment. ASD's full cochlear implant mapping facility provides each student/individual with a comprehensive MAP report, which offers a detailed explanation of what each MAP/program contains, recommendations as to when and why to change programs and which program to choose, an explanation of what sounds/environments each program is designed to enhance, suggested therapy tasks (when appropriate) and a recommended schedule for subsequent MAPs.

Therapeutic services include aural habilitation (listening therapy) in addition to the speech and language services offered through ASD. MAPping services are heavily speech focused and may incorporate recommendations from therapy providers into MAP adjustments.

Assistive Devices available for those using cochlear implants include FM Systems, sound field systems, and other listening supports. Devices may be purchased or rented.

For more information, please contact:

Tommy Meehan
Director of Education
860-899-1082
tommy.meehan@asd-1817.org

Diana P. Gonzalez Au.D., CCC-A
Doctor of Audiology
Coordinator of Outreach Audiology Services
860-570-2321
diana.gonzalez@asd-1817.org

Denise A. Monte, MS CCC-A
Educational Audiologist
Audiology Department Coordinator
860-570-2315
denise.monte@asd-1817.org

Outreach Education Services

OUTREACH EDUCATION SERVICES

A variety of educational and technical assistance is provided to local school districts throughout the state of Connecticut. The Director of Outreach Services responds to school requests for assistance with the development of an appropriate Individual Education Plan, or I.E.P. This can be supported by a teacher of the deaf, an educational consultant, psychologist or counselor, audiologist, and sign language instructor. Services are reviewed on a regular basis in cooperation with the local school district, and modifications of programs are part of the process provided by a highly qualified staff trained in the field of deafness.

Teacher of the Deaf Services

  • Direct academic instruction for language and communication support
  • Assistance for accessing information via sign or oral/aural support and/or classroom captioning during   instruction
  • Clarification and repletion of instructions through visual cues and modeling of instruction
  • Pre-teaching and re-teaching when challenging new material is presented
  • Monitoring of FM systems when used with hearing aids
  • Speech and language instruction

Supervision for Teachers of the Deaf is provided to local school districts along with program planning at the annual PPT.

Educational Consultant Services

Local school districts can request consultation services

An Educational Consultant observes the deaf/hard of hearing student in the classroom and makes recommendations for programming. Consulting services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Visits to the classroom to provide support to the classroom teacher
  • Assistance in coordinating services within the public school program
  • Provision of resources to meet IEP required services
  • Attendance at PPT meetings to assist in recommendations for programming and/or refinement of  services

Technical Assistance for Teachers and Staff

  • Educational and technical assistance professionals are also available to assist local schools with:
  • Distance learning opportunities to bridge public school programs with ASD
  • Access to instructional materials, parent lending library and software
  • Support of subject area instruction, advice and technology training and assistance are available through ASD's Information Technologies Services Department
  • Professional learning community seminars

All services are reviewed on a regular basis, and program modification is part of the process provided by qualified staff trained in the area of deafness.

Training, Workshops & Seminars

In-service training is offered on topics that support deaf and hard of hearing students' needs, including:

  • Autism and the deaf child
  • Behavior modification
  • Cochlear implants
  • Language development
  • Audiology and equipment
  • Aural habilitation
  • Cochlear implants
  • Sign language
  • Syndromes commonly associated with hearing loss
  • Health issues
  • Specially designed workshops may also be requested.

Evaluation Services

Independent evaluations include:

Psychological Evaluations & Testing

  • Intelligence and cognitive function
  • Visual-motor and visual-perceptual skills
  • Screening for learning and other disabilities
  • Personality and mental status

Educational Evaluations & Testing

  • Academic skills
  • Receptive and expressive language
  • Processing and learning style

For information or to make an appointment contact:

Outreach and Support Services at Tommy.Meehan@asd-1817.org

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