The Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California is an essential resource for those who have a family member with hearing and speech/language disorders. Services for youth include pediatric audiologic testing, central auditory processing testing for kids ages 7 and up, hearing aid services, and a Transition Program for Youth with Hearing Loss. The center runs a mainstream preschool, San Francisco Kids Academy, which is designed to stimulate language, cognitive, motor and social skills development to prepare each child for a successful transition to kindergarten. They also run the Auditory Oral School, a school program for children with hearing loss or speech delays. The center's Partners in Communication program comprises family and group programs to assist deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families with language development, academic skills, and completion of homework. They offer education and support for parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing children, to improve understanding of the impact of the child's hearing loss, and to enhance communication in the home and effective collaboration with schools. This program is free of charge for children, youth, and families. The center also hosts a baby group, Talk to Me, for parents whose children are newly diagnosed with a hearing loss at ages 0 to 3. The group is facilitated by a teacher of the deaf who offers parents communication strategies.
Afterschool: Future Links for youth ages 12 to 17 who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing is a city wide program that focuses on transition curriculum in preparing youth for post-secondary education, employment and independent living. Future Links will also support youth with hearing loss on culture identity and self-advocacy skills throughout the year. Future Links collaborates with the SFUSD and other community based organizations offering both individual and group services anywhere from weekly, to bi-monthly.
Dates: August 18, 2014-May 30, 2015
Ages: 12 to 17