The Elementary Program is a lively, supportive, language-rich and exciting environment. This department is home to ASD’s Pre-school through grade 5, is tailored to the needs of each student and develops language, mathematics and communication skills as well as, along with development in the areas of creativity, social and emotional awareness. Our goal is to nurture a lifelong love of learning in all the students.
Meeting the Needs of Every Student
The Elementary School houses programs designed to serve our students' diverse needs and abilities:
- Elementary School for students in Grades K-5
- Pre-Vocational Education Program
- Art classes
- Speech, Aural Habilitation and Audiological Support
- Physical Education classes
- Library Services
Assistive Devices and Support
ASD's Cochlear Implant (CI) Services 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.
- Amplification systems (for hearing aids and cochlear implants and loaner personal hearing aids) are available to all students)
- Assistive Device Support
- Audiological Support on site
- Cochlear implant support services can include Aural Habilitation, MAPping, and equipment maintenance as determined at PPT
- Distance Learning Equipment
For additional information please contact:
Jennifer Del Conte
Director of Education
Students have access to a variety of outstanding educational opportunities and support services.
- Learning Resource Center
- Computer laboratories for writing, mathematics, Internet research and student PowerPoint presentations
- Science Laboratory
- Read Across America program/Storytelling/Annual Book Fair
- Deaf Heritage Week (annual week of special programming celebrating deaf culture, knowledge of the history of deaf education, and promoting positive student self-esteem)
After School Programs and Extracurricular Activities
After-school enrichment programs supplement the Elementary School program. Day students are eligible and encouraged to participate. Based on each student's individualized program plan, the following after-school activities are available:
- After-School Literacy Enrichment Program (ASLEP)
- Brownies and Girl Scouts
- Youth Sports
- Storytelling/Book Fair
Extensive Resources and Support Services
The Elementary School program is supported by professional staff with specialized training in the areas of school counseling, social work, school psychology, learning disabilities, speech and language specialists, audiology, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Over 90% of the ASD faculty and professional staff have earned master’s degrees or above. 100% are Connecticut certified teachers. Services available to students include:
- Educational testing (both those designed for deaf students and state-mandated tests)
- Integrated IEP planning and service provision
- Personal and/or group counseling
- Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy services
- Speech, language, and Aural Habilitation communication services (individual and group)
Hearing aid and Cochlear Implant Support Services
Pre-vocational education program (life skills in conjunction with functional academics)