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DePaul School for Hearing and Speech
By Ruth G. Auld, EdD

Listen!  Do you hear that?  It is the sound of children chattering to each other in the lunch room.  What makes that chatter noteworthy?   Well… these children are deaf, and they are talking and listening to one another.  All this is possible because the marvel of medical intervention has aided our mission at DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, located in the Shadyside area of Pittsburgh.

Technological advancements in digital hearing aids and cochlear implants have made it possible for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to hear speech. With access to sound provided by these devices and intensive Listening and Spoken Language education, even children who are profoundly deaf can learn to listen and speak.  Since our inception in 1908, the mission of DePaul School for Hearing and Speech has been to teach each child who is deaf or hard of hearing to listen, speak, and learn.  Now that medical technology has made it possible to gain access to sound, DePaul School can teach children to listen and talk and learn on par with the language development of typically hearing peers in the preschool years. 

DePaul is the only school in the western Pennsylvania and tri-state region to provide Listening and Spoken Language education to children ages 18 months to 15 years who are deaf or hard of hearing.  We actually begin teaching families shortly after the birth of their child to promote auditory skill and oral language development, and continue working with families during the critical time in a child's language development. DePaul provides families with multiple strategies to support and promote their child's oral language development at home.

It is interesting to note that for years, we have had families relocate to DePaul School from as far away as Florida, Tennessee, Hawaii, Virginia, and many foreign countries (Russia, India, Saudi Arabia to name a few).  If you have a child who is experiencing a hearing loss, or deafness, you have some great choices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This region offers families excellent medical care, innovative medical technology, and a full-scale educational program to habilitate the process for children.

For more information, visit our website at DePaulHearingAndSpeech.org

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