Educational counseling is fundamental to a child’s listening, language and academic success. Parent understanding and participation in interventions and in the development of individual educational programs are essential to a child’s developing listening and language skills.
Educational counseling provides information to families regarding current community school programs, school interventions, therapies and educational interventions that support the development of communication and academic skills. Families acquire critical information about the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) and the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process during individual educational counseling sessions. Staff development and school in-services are provided by the educational specialist upon request. Auditory verbal therapy also is provided by the educational specialist. The educational specialist offers decades of experience working with deaf and hard of hearing children of all ages.
“Come Read With Me at USC,” an innovative USC Caruso Family Center clinical and research-based program offered annually each summer, is designed to meet the needs of children with hearing loss during the period of emergent literacy. The program includes three components: teacher education, parent learning and direct instructional opportunities for young children developing phonological awareness and concepts of print. This program supports the development of foundational literacy skills necessary for academic success.