Services for Hearing Impaired and Deaf Students
ACPS serves children ages 3 through 21 who reside in the city of Alexandria. The program provides an array of audiological and educational services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Clinical audiological services are provided by our district audiologist to any ACPS student needing evaluation. The audiologist is licensed by the state of Virginia in Audiology, is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.
Comprehensive hearing evaluations:
- Pure tone air and bone conduction testing
- Soundfield testing
- Speech audiometry
- Acoustic immittance (middle ear) testing
- Otoacoustic Emissions testing
Services to facilitate learning in the classroom:
- Personal FM systems and soundfield systems for classroom use as determined necessary through the IEP process
- Earmold impressions for school equipment
- Electroacoustic analysis of hearing aids
- Probe microphone measurements of hearing aids
- Consultations concerning effects of hearing loss
- Training of educational staff
- Referrals to outside medical and community agencies
- Collaboration with school nurses and Child Find team for hearing screening programs for early childhood and K-12 including follow-up screening and evaluation (mandatory state-level screenings)
- Assessing sound levels in classrooms or other school-based locations
School-based educational services are provided by the itinerant hearing specialist as determined by the IEP team.
- Students with hearing loss receive placements defined by the IEP team and a continuum of services are provided both inside and outside the ACPS system
- Consultation with city and state agencies, insurance, Medicaid, and general education staff/administration to promote educational achievement
- Support for families through the process of identification until graduation