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Hearing Loss Preschool

Hearing Loss Preschool

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Little Listeners- Chattanooga’s first spoken language classroom for children with hearing loss who use hearing aids or cochlear implants.

Classroom information: Classes is taught by certified speech language pathologists and LSL specialists who have experience in hearing loss classrooms.

-Focus on individual listening and spoken language goals
-Low student to teacher ratio
-Intensive parent education and involvement (AVT sessions offered at school)
-Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8:30-1:30
-Extended hour childcare available

Little Listeners preschool is located inside the East Brainerd Church of Christ Preschool in Chattanooga.

Students must :
Be 3 years old
Have a diagnosed hearing loss
Have a current speech language evaluation
* All students will be accepted on a case by case basis, considering his/her individual communication needs.


Program Goals:
-Significant growth in spoken language skills to an age appropriate level.
-Increase in comprehension (receptive and expressive language), vocabulary, articulation/ speech production, basic concepts, sentence structure and auditory skills.
-Building language foundation to prepare students for academic success in mainstream kindergarten.

What is Listening and Spoken Language (LSL)?
LSL is a therapy and teaching approach that focuses on teaching children with hearing loss how to listen and talk.

Listening Spoken Language Facts:
Substantial evidence shows that hearing is the most effective modality for the teaching of spoken language, reading, and cognitive skills. ( Cole& Flexer, 2007)
Listening experience in infancy is critical for the development of both speech and language in young children and a strong spoken language base is essential for reading. ( Cole & Flexer, 2007)

Hearing Loss Facts:
Approximately 3 in 1,000 children in the United States are born with permanent hearing loss in one or both ears. (Ross et al., 2008)
More than 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents. (Mitchell & Karchmer, 2004)
Children with hearing loss who begin early intervention earlier have significantly better developmental outcomes. (Holt & Svirsky,2008;Moeller, 2000; Nicholas & Geers, 2006)

Our experts:

Kelli Ellis, M.S. CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT- Speech-Language Pathologist /Program Supervisor 

Kelli Ellis is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist . She earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Auburn University. She started her journey toward Auditory-Verbal Therapy as a teacher for children with hearing loss in an oral resource classroom. Kelli served on the cochlear implant team at the HEAR Center at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham for 6 years. She became certified in Auditory-Verbal Therapy in 2011 and has been a member of ASHA since 2002. She has worked with children in early intervention settings, schools and outpatient clinics for over 14 years.

Stephanie Grear, M Ed. CCC-SLP, M Ed. Deaf Education- Speech-Language Pathologist/ Program Educator

Stephanie specializes in hearing loss patients, specifically children with loss. She received her Bachelor of Science in  Communicative Disorders from the University Of Mississippi, went on to get her Masters of Deaf Education from Georgia State and later her Masters of Speech Language Pathology from Valdosta State University.
She is focusing on LSLS /Auditory Verbal Therapy, traditional speech, and is fluent in American Sign Language. Stephanie has worked in several diverse hearing loss classroom settings.

Call us with questions! 423-622-6900