Our Program

Professionals at the USC Caruso Family Center for Childhood Communication in Los Angeles offer comprehensive assessments to determine the type and degree of hearing loss a child of any age may have, fit sensory devices including hearing aids and cochlear implants and assess and facilitate the development of communication skills. Comprehensive services offered by clinical staff members include pediatric audiology, speech-language pathology and auditory verbal therapy, and educational counseling and guidance. Faculty members include scientists engaged in studies focusing on auditory development and disorders in children.

Come Read with Me at USC is an intensive summer intervention and research project designed to strengthen early literacy skills in school-aged children who are deaf and hard of hearing from homes in which at least one parent speaks Spanish. The program provides support for parents and teachers, as well as the children enrolled in the program.

The Caruso Family Center’s licensed audiologists come from a variety of outstanding doctoral programs, hold certifications in clinical excellence and are devoted to the hearing health of children. State-of-the art, research-based procedures support program assessment techniques, hearing aid fitting and cochlear implant programming techniques. The center’s certified and licensed speech-language pathologist conducts comprehensive speech, language and literacy evaluations, monitors speech and language progress, consults with local service providers and offers individual speech and language therapy for children listening with hearing aids and/or cochlear implants. The center is one of the few clinical programs employing a full time educational specialist nationwide.

Children with hearing loss using cochlear implants and/or hearing aids may be eligible for participation in one or more of the center’s research programs. These include innovative approaches to studying the functions and development of the inner ear, longitudinal studies following the developmental abilities of children with hearing loss and literacy intervention for young children with hearing loss. The Los Angeles Pediatric ABI Project is composed of scientists and clinicians from Keck Medicine of USC, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Huntington Medical Research Institutes. The USC Caruso Family Center for Childhood Communication is one of four centers in the United States conducting a U.S. Food and Drug Administration clinical trial with auditory brainstem implants in children and is the only center with a National Institutes of Health grant that covers many study-related expenses of participating families.

Our Approach

The USC Caruso Family Center for Childhood Communication, affiliated with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, opened in October 2013 and is staffed by clinicians who have an exceptional level of expertise. Through our comprehensive services and extensive rehabilitative and follow-up care, we give children not only the ability to hear, but also the tools and support to optimize their communication and academic skills.

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Patient Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where is the USC Caruso Family Center for Childhood Communication?
We are located at 806 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007.

Q. Where can I park?
Complimentary parking is available for guests in a lot adjacent to the center. Please press the intercom button and our staff will open the gate for you.

Q. When are you open?
We are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).

Q. Should I bring anything to my child’s appointment?
If possible, please provide copies of any pertinent test results, medical reports and audiological and speech/language evaluations, insurance card, identification and the pre-arrival packet that we will send you. The representative who schedules your appointment will let you know if anything more is required.

Come Talk With Me

The USC Caruso Family Center monthly newsletter, Come Talk With Me, provides families with strategies to promote language, literacy and academic knowledge. Share these tips and strategies at home during conversations with your children.

Our Physicians

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 4

Specializing In

Otolaryngology

Audiologists

Chelsea Cole, AuD
Jamie Glater, AuD
Janice Loggins, MS, CCC-A
Kali Markle, AuD
Kristina Celani Rousso, AuD
Margaret Winter, MS, CCC-A

Speech Language Pathologists

Meredith Burke, MA, CCC-SLP
Abaries Farhad, MS, CCC-SLP
Dianne Hammes Ganguly, MA, CCC-SLP

Education Specialist

Debra Schrader