Soundbridge is a regional program that provides specialized expertise and technology to promote listening and speaking in children with hearing loss. 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:
Soundbridge is now enrolling normal hearing peers for our preschool
In the Soundbridge Early Learning Center children with and without hearing loss learn in a language-rich environment through individual and small group instruction. This unique preschool experience encourages the child's communicative competence and confidence in his or her learning abilities, as well as fostering age-appropriate physical, social-emotional, self-help, and readiness abilities.
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.
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.
Soundbridge's Carl DeStefanis was CREC's 2019 Teacher of the Year
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