March 18-20, 2018 • Denver, CO


  |  Language Connection: The Joint Benefits of Preschool Inclusion

Language Connection: The Joint Benefits of Preschool Inclusion

This project was a small scale pilot study conducted by the Melinda Webb School at the Center for Hearing and Speech to determine the appropriateness of early childhood inclusion with children who have hearing loss. Data was collected to determine the benefit of inclusion based on age, ability level, and social skills. The project consisted of 18 bimonthly visits to an area childhood program over the 2015 - 2016 school year. Students who participated ranged in age from 18 months to 6 years old and were grouped according to grade level in Toddler, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten classes. Participants included 42 children with hearing loss and 45 children with typical hearing. Eight Master's-level teachers of the deaf, six teaching assistants with experience in deaf education, and six early childhood teachers facilitated the program.

  • Benefits of preschool inclusion
  • Analysis of LENA results
  • Future planning for the program

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Sarabeth Fly (), The Center for Hearing and Speech, sarabethany88@gmail.com;
Sarabeth Fly is the Instructional Specialist at The Center for Hearing and Speech's Melinda Webb School. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Delta State University and a Master’s degree in Early Oral Intervention from the University of Southern Mississippi. Sarabeth is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Certified Auditory-Verbal Educator.


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Lindy Powell (), The Center for Hearing and Speech, lpowell@centerhearingandspeech.org;
Lindy Powell is the Director of Education at The Center for Hearing and Speech. She has a degree in Deaf Education/Special Education from Ball State University, and a Master’s in Education in Reading from The University of St. Thomas Houston. She is in her final year of mentorship for Auditory-Verbal Educator Route C certification. Lindy serves as adjunct faculty for The UT Health Science Center San Antonio’s program in Deaf Education and Hearing Sciences.


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