Kelly O'Connell, M.E.D., LSLS Cert. AVEd.
“Our son was born profoundly deaf and needed to develop communication skills to succeed in life. He received Birth to 3 support services through Soundbridge, and as parents, we were taught the tools to be our son's primary teachers. He went on to attend the Soundbridge preschool program where an intensive communication and sound curricula were taught by the highest caliber teachers we have ever met.”
Soundbridge is a regional program that provides specialized expertise and technology to promote listening and speaking in children with hearing loss. Now in its 49th year, Soundbridge provides a full continuum of services designed to meet the varied needs of children with hearing loss from birth to 21.
We provide a variety of educational programs where children with hearing loss:
- Gain access to sound.
- Learn to listen.
- Learn spoken language.
- Achieve academically.
- Attend regular classes with hearing peers.
- Learn social skills.
- Learn self-advocacy skills.
How are children enrolled in the program?If your child is a baby or toddler who has a hearing loss, you need to call the Birth to Three Infoline at 800-505-7000. They will explain the CT Birth to Three program, and will tell you about the three speciality programs for children who have hearing loss and their families. If your choice is Soundbridge, then after you tell Infoline, they will contact us by email to give us the information so that we can contact you to get started. We try to phone you back within 24 hours of receiving your contact information.
From age 3 through age 21, your local school system has the responsibility of providing an appropriate educational program for children with special needs. At a Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meeting, in which parents are full partners, decisions are made regarding each individual child. When a PPT refers a child to Soundbridge for services, we are always ready to respond. A parent’s first step is to call the Director of Pupil Services in their town.
How do I know that learning spoken language is the right choice for my child?
No one approach to communication development meets the needs of all children with hearing loss. Research has shown, though, that children using speech as their mode of communication talk more, use amplification earlier and more consistently, and reach higher levels of academic achievement. At Soundbridge, the parent, teacher, and audiologist work as a team in helping each child develop listening and talking. Together, you will be making informed decisions about your child’s progress and prognosis.