Listening and Spoken Languauge Program

Cleary School offers an early childhood Listening and Spoken Language Program for parents who have chosen an auditory learning path.  This involves assertive audiological management, parental involvement as the primary language facilitators, individual diagnostic-demonstration therapy, advocacy training, and integration with typically hearing peers from preschool.

At the parent-infant level parents work side by side with specialized speech-language pathologists and teachers of the hearing impaired to create an enhanced auditory learning environment in their daily interactions with the child.  Parents are given a variety of opportunities to interact with other parents for emotional support and practical advice.

The preschool classes offer a small class size (6:1:1) , enhanced acoustic conditions with a sound field FM system, specialized teachers/speech-language pathologists, daily individual speech-language therapy sessions.  There is an on-site audiologist with a complete audiological suite for monitoring hearing loss and trouble shooting equipment.  The Listening and Spoken Language classrooms include typical hearing/speaking role models.  Auditory, spoken language, and speech goals are infused into the entire curriculum and school routine. By age four the integrated class size is increased to 12 students with team teaching from an early general education teacher and a special education/teacher of the hearing impaired.

The goal of the Listening and Spoken Language Program is for the children to be mainstreamed by kindergarten or earlier.  For those children who require more time and extra learning support Cleary School offers a self-contained satellite program housed within a local elementary school.  The satellite program offers intensive specialized support with daily opportunities to interact with the general education students.

Listening Spoken Language Integrated Pre-K
Program

Cleary School offers an integrated pre-kindergarten class for 4 year olds. The class
consists of a “50/50” ratio of children with hearing loss and children with typical
hearing. The class program follows a collaborative service delivery model where
co-teaching is designed to meet the educational demands of students with diverse
needs. The children with hearing loss work toward their IEP goals while they learn,
interact, and play with their typically hearing peers. The children with hearing loss gain
the benefits of having language and conversational models of typically developing
children to further push the boundaries of their own language skills. These language
role models provide the framework for pragmatic/social language development to
challenge all of the students to continue to grow in these areas.

Students in the Listening and Spoken Language Program participate in a variety of
specials. Communication goals follow the children recess in a full sized gymnasium or
outdoor play space. Through the use of musical instruments, rhythm, music and songs
the children sing and dance their way to become better communicators in Music
Together® classes lead by certified educators.

Literacy goals are enhanced within weekly visits to the school library.

WE OFFER: 

● Full Day Program
● Teachers specialized in Special Education and/or Education of the Deaf
● Daily individual Speech-Language Therapy with ASHA certified therapists
● On-site Audiologist
● Physical Education, Art, and Library
● Parent Workshops
● Occupational and Physical Therapy services
● Extended year (12 month program)
● Door to Door Transportation

Listening and Spoken Language Preschool Program

Cleary School’s Listening and Spoken Language Preschool Program offers specialized
support for children with hearing loss aged 3-5 years. Children learn in a small class
setting along with typical hearing peers. The program provides focused attention to
auditory skills, spoken language, conversational competency and early literacy
development through a combination of structured/natural learning tasks and play-based
activities. Children receive daily individual therapy from speech-language pathologists.

Students in the Listening and Spoken Language Program participate in a variety of
specials. Communication goals follow the children to physical education provided in a
full sized gymnasium or outdoor play space. Through the use of musical instruments,
rhythm, music and songs the children sing and dance their way to become better
communicators in Music Together® classes lead by certified leaders.

Literacy goals are enhanced with weekly visits to the school library.

WE OFFER

● Full Day Program
● Teachers specialized in Special Education and/or Education of the Deaf
● Daily individual Speech-Language Therapy with ASHA certified therapists
● On-site Audiologist
● Physical Education, Art, and Library
● Parent Workshops
● Occupational and Physical Therapy services
● Extended year (12 month program)

Elementary School Program

The goal of the Elementary Program is to provide access to the New York State
Curriculum. Students receive instruction in the core subjects – Math, Social Studies,
Science, and English – in the language that meets the communication needs of the
child. The communication choices include American Sign Language (ASL), a Sign
Support System, or spoken English. We expect that each student will develop into a
productive and responsible citizen and member of society.

The ability to meet the specialized learning needs of the child is what makes Cleary
School for the Deaf an exceptional learning institution. Our students receive the same
educational opportunities as their hearing peers.

Satellite Elementary Program

The Cleary Satellite Program, housed in an East Islip Elementary school, was
established in September 2015 for the purpose of providing partial mainstreaming
opportunities for students who continue to need strong academic supports. The
program is a self-contained class taught through spoken language by Cleary School
teachers. Students have opportunities to interact with typical hearing peers on a daily
basis as they are integrated into specials and regularly scheduled class lessons with
general education students. Each student receives daily individual speech-language
therapy with Cleary School ASHA certified speech-language pathologists specialized in
hearing habilitation. The students in this program receive close individual academic
instruction with access to the culture of a full sized elementary school.

WE OFFER

• Teachers Certified in Deaf or Special Education
• Individualized Education Program (IEP)
• Small Class Ratio Size
• Speech and Language Therapy
• Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Counseling
• Courses in Physical Education, Computer, Art, Health, Library and Dance
• Educational Resource Services
• Technology Rich Environment
• Cooperative Classroom Environments
• Interpreted Field Trips and Assemblies
• After School Tutoring in Reading
• Science and Math Clubs
• Social Programs
• Child Centered Team Meetings
• Access to Parent Educator and Social Worker