Speech Therapy

As part of John Tracy Clinic’s constant efforts to broaden care to deaf and hard of hearing children, we are excited to offer services from Speech Bananas.

Jenny Reeder, M.S. CCC-SLP, LSLS, Cert. AVT, and owner of Speech Bananas, will bring her expertise as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist and years of experience teaching deaf and hard of hearing children to JTC to provide additional assessment, diagnosis, and interventions for children with speech and language difficulties.

As an expert in the field, Ms. Reeder provides insights into neurological and physiological issues associated with speech, language, and auditory development, and creates individualized therapy for children and their parents to overcome obstacles to clear communication.

Speech Bananas will operate as an independent practitioner at JTC 10 hours per week beginning in September 2014, and will allow parents and children a more convenient location to access their services.

JTC is building on 75 years of experience teaching children

Preschool

Building on our 70-year experience of teaching children to listen and speak, JTC is now expanding our services in the newly renovated Dickinson C. Ross Center for Education and Innovation.  This new classroom will be open to all children and will provide the highest-quality preschool education and wrap-around child care. Children will benefit from JTC’s expertise as they engage in a child-centered, Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum, taught by experienced teachers on our beautiful and historic University Park campus.

PHILOSOPHY & PROGRAM
Knowing that language development is the key to long-term educational and intellectual achievement, and with our deep experience in helping children reach their full potential, JTC is pleased to now offer preschool education to hearing children. 

The language-rich program is Reggio Emilia-inspired and follows California standards for preschool.  The path to learning is built around each individual child’s interests.  Children are educated based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment. Innovative features include a movement program, parent education, and access to developmental screenings. 

Children will have integrated learning opportunities, engaging with children with hearing loss in our inclusionary program. The preschool benefits from serving as the lab school for JTC’s graduate education program, offered in collaboration with Mount St. Mary’s College.

STAFF
With twelve students and a 6:1 student-teacher ratio, children will receive individual attention from our highly-qualified teachers, all of whom hold bachelors or masters degrees in education.  Our on-staff multi-disciplinary team includes a counselor and occupational and speech therapists.

LOCATION & CLASSROOMS
JTC is conveniently located in the University Park neighborhood, adjacent to USC and within easy reach of downtown Los Angeles, Silverlake, Los Feliz, Echo Park, and West Adams.  Our school is located on our secure and spacious grounds, with newly updated classrooms and ample outdoor playspace.

SCHEDULE & TUITION
Year-round Monday-Friday classes begin September 2, 2014

Preschool class hours
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
$250/week      

Extended care hours
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
additional $125/week

TOURS DATES & APPLICATION
The application period for the inaugural class is May 1, 2014 to August 1, 2014.  Enrollment is limited to ten children ages 3-4. Please contact Belle Garcia at 213-748-5481 to arrange a tour or to attend an open house.

“We simply cannot thank John Tracy Clinic enough for the care and expertise we’ve received,”  – JTC Preschool Parent

Auditory Verbal Preschool

Preschool for children who are deaf and hard of hearing ages two through five is offered Monday through Thursday, September through May.

Parent education and parent participation are emphasized in a rich, English language environment.

Social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth opportunities are nurtured and activities are planned that encourage children to use their amplified residual hearing, and develop speech and receptive and expressive language skills. The JTC Preschool uses the Reggio Emilia approach in which the path to learning is built around each individual child’s interests.  Children are educated based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment.

Every child meets daily with a speech and language teacher for individual training. Parents work in the preschool one day per week and observe and/or participate in the sessions. Auditory-verbal techniques are used to demonstrate how to teach language effectively at home.

Parents also schedule weekly conferences with their child’s preschool teacher and biweekly meetings with their speech and language teacher.

Parent Class and Support Group are attended by all parents twice a month. In this way, parents are given the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills they need to foster their child’s overall development, and to share with others the feelings, triumphs and obstacles their family is experiencing.

To enroll in the Preschool Program, parents must first attend the Parent/Infant Program on a regular basis.

REGGIO EMILIA at JTC

John Tracy Clinic has embraced the Reggio Emilia approach to preschool education.

Developed in post-World War II Italy, the Reggio approach sees children as able to construct knowledge based on their experiences and interactions with others.   

Loris Malaguzzi, the driving force in the development of the Reggio Emilia approach in post-World War II Italy, wrote a poem called “The Hundred Languages of Children” that expresses the core philosophy of the approach.

The child is made of one hundred.
The child has
a hundred languages
a hundred hands
a hundred thoughts
a hundred ways of thinking
of playing, of speaking.

This philosophy is particularly appropriate in John Tracy Clinic classrooms, as we strive to help deaf and hard of hearing children engage the possibilities in the world around them and learn to communicate. In a Reggio Emilia classroom, teachers, parents, and children are partners in learning, and the curriculum is driven by children’s natural curiosity.

JTC’s preschool classrooms are full of natural materials that serve children’s explorations.  Teachers and parents observe and record children’s reactions, and build on children’s innate curiosity to create provocations or opportunities for learning that expand children’s understanding of the world.  For deaf children, the approach provides ample opportunities for verbal as well as non-verbal expression, as movement, drawing, sculpture, role play, and music are all incorporated into daily routines.  JTC’s teachers skillfully weave the Reggio approach with the principles of a listening and spoken language preschool, continuing to emphasize repetition and familiar language as we foster creative expression.  The results can be seen in a stroll down the Preschool’s hallways, where children’s explorations are documented and creations proudly on display    and heard in the classroom, where there has been an explosion of spontaneous and expressive language.

“JTC is a place where it is OK to be just who I am…supported in all aspects of what it is to be a father.” – Parent

Counseling

From the moment that a family enters John Tracy Clinic, members of the Consultation Services department are present to provide counseling, support, and resources.  We understand that the diagnosis of hearing loss in a child may precipitate significant changes in the life of a family.

Pulling from our combined expertise in the areas of marriage and family counseling, child development, and occupational therapy, we practice an approach that is family-centered and oriented toward the whole child. Some of the professional services that we provide include:

  • Support groups, to facilitate parents’ connections and the processing of feelings
  • Individual consultations that emphasize counseling, child development, recommendations, and resources
  • Developmental observations and screenings of children that are oriented toward the whole child, with recommendations and referrals for intervention

Parent Support Group
Parent Support Group allows parents of children with hearing loss to share the resources, triumphs, challenges, and feelings that are unique to families of children with hearing loss. During their journey, parents slowly gain a sense of self-confidence and hope for the future of their children.

Parent Support Group meets weekly on Friday mornings for families in the Parent / Infant Program and twice a month on Tuesday nights in conjunction with Parent Class. All of the services offered by John Tracy Clinic are FREE of charge to families.

Parent Support Group is in session during the academic year (September to May) and is offered twice a month on Tuesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. at our Los Angeles and Long Beach locations. Interpreters are provided during the academic year for family members who have difficulty with the English language. Adults only, please.

During Summer Sessions, support groups take place 4 days per week, in English for the regular international sessions, and in Spanish for the Latin America and Spain session.

DID YOU KNOW? Hearing loss can be diagnosed at birth

Hearing Testing

John Tracy Clinic offers comprehensive pediatric audiological testing to parents at the Los Angeles location. We also offer hearing screenings to daycare centers and preschools in the Greater Los Angeles Area through our Community Hearing Screening Program. When parents suspect that their young child may have a problem hearing, the Clinic stands ready to help.

Comprehensive Audiological Testing

JTC tests children from birth to age five, with special expertise in testing infants and toddlers. Parents are given written reports that detail the results of the testing. If a hearing loss is identified, parents immediately meet with their audiologist and additional counseling or educational staff to explain the implications of the diagnosis and to offer possible continued support through John Tracy Clinic’s Educational Services.

Comprehensive audiological services include:

  • Newborn Hearing Screening
  • Hearing Screening (6mo.-5yrs.)
  • Tympanometry
  • Acoustic Reflexes
  • Otoacoustic Emissions
  • Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Natural Sleep
  • Behavioral Observation Audiometry (BOA)
  • Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA)

Read more about types of hearing tests here

John Tracy Clinic audiologists do not dispense hearing aids but will discuss amplification needs, testing methods and troubleshooting with parents.

The Clinic audiologists confer regularly with pediatricians, hospital personnel, implant centers, otolaryngologists (ENT) and the coordination centers of the California State Newborn Hearing Screening Program to ensure the best possible services to families.

Audiological appointments for children birth through five years old in the Southern California area can be made by clicking here or by calling 213-748-5481 to schedule an appointment Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

John Tracy Clinic and all of you provided the foundation for all of this progress to happen. She is thriving. – Grandparent

Summer Sessions

An international summer program is offered annually at the John Tracy Clinic (JTC) in Los Angeles, CA for parents worldwide and their children with hearing loss 2½ through 5 years old. There is one three-week session conducted in English (Information on the session conducted in Spanish can be found here.) Parents attend a specially designed family learning program focusing on childhood hearing loss, auditory-verbal techniques, language development, emotional support and educational services. They also participate with their children in a demonstration spoken language preschool. Specialists provide audiology, counseling and consultation services. Summer sessions include:

  •   Daily intensive parent education classes
  •   Spoken language preschool program
  •   Pediatric audiology assessments 
  •   Individual sessions for language, auditory learning and speech
  •   Support groups with trained counselors
  •   Recreation programs for brothers and sisters, grades 1st through 6th

Space is limited and enrollment is on a first applied, first accepted basis. Each family must pay for their transportation, housing, food, and summer program services. Apartments can be rented in nearby university housing and JTC will coordinate accommodations for families after they have been accepted.

To learn more about the Summer Session, including details about dates and fees, and to see video from JTC's Summer Session, click here. You may also read a first-hand account here and read a sibling's essay here. General inquiries and requests for applications can be made to 213-748-5481 ext. 244 or emailing pals@jtc.org. The link to the application form will be sent upon request when the application process opens. The online application must be accompanied with an audiology report from the past six months.

A downloadable flier about the International Summer Program is available here.

100% of JTC Master’s Program graduates find positions as teachers in deaf education

Professional Education

Teacher Education

John Tracy Clinic has over 60 years of experience in teacher and professional education. A graduate program leading to an accredited Master’s Degree and California Credential in Auditory-Verbal, Early Childhood Deaf Education is offered in collaboration with the Mount Saint Mary's College. Two program options are available:

  1.  A one-year, onsite option designed for pre-service teachers
  2.  A two-year, online distance education option for working professionals

Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles is proud to partner with John Tracy Clinic in offering a graduate deaf education program to prepare teachers to work with children with hearing loss and their families.  The Mount St. Mary's College/John Tracy Clinic DHH Graduate Program provides a transdisciplinary approach, emphasizing listening and spoken language, and culminating in the Master of Science in Education/Emphasis Deaf and Hard of Hearing degree, and a California Education Specialist DHH credential.  The Graduate Program establishes the foundation for graduates to become certified as Listening and Spoken Language Specialists.

Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, founded in 1925, provides a superior education, enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership skills and fostering a spirit to serve others. Our measure of success is graduates who are committed to using their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their environments, and the world.

The Doheny campus is located on the historic Doheny Estate near downtown Los Angeles, across the street from John Tracy Clinic, and serves as the location for co-educational graduate programs in education, psychology, physical therapy, nursing, humanities, business, and religious studies, as well as our innovative Weekend College for mid-career professionals. MSMC has received national recognition for its programs in teacher preparation, nursing, leadership, science, and community outreach.

Founded in 1942 by Louise Treadwell Tracy, wife of actor Spencer Tracy, John Tracy Clinic is a pioneer in parent-centered, auditory-oral education for infants and preschool children who are deaf or hard of hearing. For over 50 years, the Clinic has prepared graduate-level professionals and has helped to address the chronic nationwide shortage of teachers of the deaf through partnerships in higher education.

Seminars and Workshops

Professionals may apply to participate in Clinic-sponsored seminars and workshops held throughout the year.

Multiple JTC handouts on our Ideas and Advice blog are available for service providers to give to families of children with hearing loss ages birth to five! Professionals can also direct parents to enroll in JTC’s free Distance Education for Parents.  The family-centered courses offered free to parents provide suggestions to encourage a child’s language in daily routines and can be used to support school or therapy approaches.

JTC’s was the nation’s first Parent/Infant Program for children with hearing loss.

Infant Program

The Parent/Infant Program is designed to educate parents on how to help their child develop their auditory awareness and spoken language through everyday life experiences.

The program takes a comprehensive approach to nurturing and educating young children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families, with an emphasis on instructing parents how to be their child’s mentor and advocate. The program is centered on the Demonstration Home which offers individualized parent and child sessions with a master teacher in a homelike setting. Other program components include Friday Family School, Parent Workshops and Support Groups. Audiology and counseling services are also available.

The program is offered at the main campus in Los Angeles and JTC’s Long Beach Center. Most children enrolled range in age from newborn to age three, along with a smaller number up to age six who have late identified, progressive or late-onset deafness. The children have varying levels of hearing loss, amplification and special needs.

Demonstration Home

Parents and their infant or toddler (0 - 3 years of age) with a hearing loss meet weekly in private sessions with a master teacher in a homelike setting on campus that includes eating, conversation, bedroom areas, and a bathroom. In this familiar environment, the family builds interaction skills that lay the foundation for all listening, language and speech skills their child will need to communicate with their family, school, and their community. In the Demonstration Home appointment parents are also introduced to resources and information that equips them to make decisions about their child’s education and future. Demonstration Home Program sites are located in Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Friday Family School

Families enrolled in the Parent/Infant Program are also encouraged to attend the three-hour center-based playgroup that is held year-round at the Clinic’s main campus in Los Angeles. These sessions take place in a nursery school setting and provide the opportunity for parents to meet and interact with other families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

With the increase in number of babies, the Clinic has added a session, called “Baby Land,” for parents and their very young, pre-walking infants. The first hour of Friday Family School is set aside for the children with a hearing loss and their preschool-age siblings and parents to learn together in a play group. During the next two hours, the parents alternate between class and support group, while the toddlers and infants remain with the teachers in the preschool classroom. The siblings stay with their sisters or brothers who are deaf and hard of hearing

2014-15 Dates for Friday Family School:

2014: Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21,
Dec 5, 12, 19

2015: Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 Mar 6, 13, 20, 27,
Apr 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8

Parent Distance Education

In addition to our onsite programs, John Tracy Clinic (JTC) offers Parent Distance Education Courses. This program provides an opportunity for parents of children ages birth to five with hearing loss to independently pursue language learning with their children according to their own pace and specific interests. Course materials cover exploring listening, building language, developing speech and enjoying learning. Enrolled parents may also access experienced educators and receive individualized suggestions. Courses are available in English and Spanish, and can be accessed online or via mail. This program is offered free of charge.

Available Courses
JTC currently offers three Parent Distance Education Courses tailored to the stages of early childhood development and specific associated language needs. These materials emphasize listening and spoken language but can be adapted for any communication approach including sign language.

Mini Course: Designed for use by families in the first few years after identification of their child’s hearing loss, this course summarizes initial information, provides considerations for decision making and gives suggestions on support. It has separate sections about hearing loss, communication and parent roles. Extended learning ideas help parents recognize what they know, consider how they feel and identify steps they wish to take.

Baby Course: Geared toward infants and toddlers (i.e., birth to two), this course discusses early hearing loss, infant-toddler development, parent-child communication and learning through play. Suggestions are given for emphasizing communication through natural routines. Parents can choose specific ideas to encourage beginning language and auditory learning.

Preschool Course: Developed with preschoolers in mind (i.e., ages two to five), this course provides parents with tools to foster language growth and facilitate family interactions. Modules discuss communication, thinking and social development. Suggestions are given for activities to encourage language, listening and speech. Parents choose ideas that fit their child’s developmental level and their family’s current concerns.

Access to Live Resources
Parents using our Parent Distance Education Courses will have access to Parent Advice Learning Support (PALS), a team of parent educators and hearing loss specialists who provide personalized guidance and individualized suggestions. 

Enrollment
To enroll in JTC’s Parent Distance Education Courses, please click here to enroll ONLINE or download this PDF to enroll VIA MAIL. JTC’s courses are designed to be developmentally appropriate for children who are age birth to five. If your child with hearing loss is older than five years, check JTC’s Ideas & Advice Blog for topics that might be adapted for children who are elementary school age. 

“We learned how to rebuild our dream, and we are so grateful.” – JTC mother

Parent Education

Parent Education
Parents are central to the development of their child with hearing loss. JTC’s focus is to educate, guide, encourage and support parents. JTC’s Parent Classes and Support Groups available in English and Spanish are scheduled onsite from September – May.  Parent Classes provide families with information to foster their child’s communication. Support Groups help parents cope with their own feelings and concerns. Learning topics addressed include:

  • Audiology
  • Language
  • Listening
  • Speech
  • Cognition
  • Literacy
  • Educational Planning


Classes and support groups are provided in Los Angeles on Friday mornings.  At the Long Beach site they occur on specifically scheduled Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Attendance is open to parents, adult relatives, baby sitters and family friends 18 years and older of a preschool child with hearing loss, including those not enrolled in JTC services.  Parents should contact education staff about registering to participate and include any other language or accommodation needs.
 
JTC TALKS: Parents
If parents are unable to participate in classes onsite,  a series of online, live, video classes, JTC TALKS, will be offered.

Online Video Classes

JTC TALKS: PARENTS

Connect with John Tracy Clinic’s expertise

  • Live, online video classes for parents of young children (ages birth to five) with hearing loss
  • Adult learning curriculum for parents new to early childhood hearing loss
  • Classes on encouraging listening, beginning language and developing speech
  • Interactive presentations with materials to enrich therapy or preschool
  • Offered as set of seven classes available in English or Spanish

Details

  • Payment per site for set of classes
  • Returning group enrollment specially priced     
  • New group enrollments available at $1050
  • Individual family enrollments offered at $210
  • Sites need wired Internet access, a computer with a webcam, mic, speakers, and a projection screen

Sept-Dec 2013 or Jan-Apr 2014
Contact pals@jtc.org by Sept 10 or Dec 3 to enroll

SCHEDULE & TOPICS

2013 Sept-Dec 7:00 PT (English)
45 minute classes about Understanding Your Child’s Hearing Loss

Sept 24     
Audiograms, Hearing Aids, Bone Conduction & CIs

Oct 8         
Beginning Audition

Oct 22        
Beginning Receptive Language

Nov 5         
Beginning Expressive Language

Nov 19     
Beginning Speech

Dec 3         
Child Development & Expectations

Dec 17     
Changing Your Skills Changes Your Child

2014 Dates

JAN 21    
Audiograms, Hearing Aids, Bone Conduction & CIs

FEB 4    
Beginning Audition

FEB 18    
Beginning Receptive Language

MAR 4    
Beginning Expressive Language

MAR 18    
Beginning Speech

APR 1     
Child Development & Expectations

APR 22    
Changing Your Skills Changes Your Child