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Early Childhood
and Family Education

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Pediatric Audiology

Audiology services are provided in Tucson and Phoenix to enable early fitting of hearing aids and to support the managing community Audiologist Phoenix and Tucson Early Childhood Programs have Audiology support available up to 8 hours per week.

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Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

ASDB Early Childhood Program has 13 full time and a handful of part time Master level Teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing with early childhood endorsement available to support families having children with hearing loss throughout all of Arizona

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Teachers of the Visually Impaired

ASDB Early Childhood Program has 4 full time and a handful of part time Master level Certified Teachers of the Visually Impaired with early childhood endorsement available to support families having children with visual impairments throughout all of Arizona.

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Parent Toddler Classes

Parent Toddler classes are offered weekly to families in Tucson and in Phoenix. These classes are offered to children age 18 mo of age and older in Tucson and 2 yrs of age and older in Phoenix.

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Listening and Spoken Language Support

The ASDB Early Childhood Program has a Certified Auditory Verbal Educator on staff to provide ongoing training and support to the Early Childhood Hearing Teachers and to families choosing a Listening and Spoken Language Approach to Communication.

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American Sign Language/Deaf Mentor Support

The Family Mentor program provides children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families the opportunity to interact with and learn from a Deaf or Hard of Hearing adult. Families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing ages 0-5 can receive support from a Deaf Mentor. Birth to 3 families receive home based visits.

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American Sign Language Classes

Weekly sign language classes are offered to families in both Tucson and Phoenix. Please discuss the time and location of these classes with your Early Childhood Teacher.

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Parent to Parent Support and Family Gatherings

ASDB Early Childhood Teachers make an effort to provide opportunities for families to network with each other by planning family events and gatherings on our own and in cooperation with our programs such as Arizona Hands and Voices.

Early Childhood and Family Education

The ASDB Early Childhood and Family Education (ECFE) program works in partnership with the Arizona Early Intervention Program to provide early intervention services to infants and toddlers (birth to age three) all over the state of Arizona who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind, visually impaired or deafblind. Services are provided directly within the home and other natural learning environments by certified teachers and specialists. Services to children and their families are based on individual child needs and determined by the development of an Individualized Family Service Plan. Learning opportunities specific to each child’s sensory-based learning needs are also offered,such as American Sign Language and/or Listening and Spoken Language instruction for deaf/hard-of-hearing children and Orientation and Mobility services for children who are blind/visually impaired. Families with a deaf child also have the opportunity to participate in ECFE’s Deaf Mentor Program.

ECFE professionals provide families with information about all learning opportunities available to their child. Parents are instructed and coached on the best ways for each individual child to access his or her learning environment and acquire foundational skills critical to development: cognitive, communication, physical and social-emotional. The ECFE team also coordinates parent-toddler classes, parent support groups and family gatherings which offer invaluable co-learning, networking and support opportunities for families.

A Message from Barbara Schrag

I am proud to be part of a diverse and talented family of professionals and community members who share my passion and commitment to making Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB) the top schools in the nation for deaf and/or blind education.

ASDB is a special place. It’s where students thrive and everyone is family. ASDB provides a vibrant and welcoming environment where unique learning needs are accommodated and where students who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind, visually impaired and deafblind have access to a high quality public education. ASDB is where students aspire to realize their full potential, explore personal growth opportunities and obtain the education and skills necessary to succeed in college, career and life.

On behalf of the entire ASDB community, thank you for taking the time to explore our rich history and learn about the modern services we provide. I hope you consider joining our ever-growing, extended family.

Sincerely,

Barb Shrag

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