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

Dickinson C. Ross Preschool

Dickinson C. Ross Preschool - for Communication and Academic Excellence!

Building on our 70-year experience of successfully teaching children with hearing loss to listen and speak, JTC is now expanding our services to an inclusion-based preschool program -- introducing Dickinson C. Ross Preschool & Childcare on JTC's L.A. Campus! This new classroom will be open to all children and will provide the highest-quality preschool education and wrap-around child care. Children benefit from JTC’s expertise as they engage in a child-centered, Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum, taught by experienced, advanced degreed teachers on our beautiful and historic Figueroa Corridor campus between Mount St Mary's University and USC!

Cultivating good communication skills and intellectual curiosity before the age of 5 is key to life-long educational, intellectual and leadership achievements. With our deep experience in helping children reach their full potential, JTC is pleased to now offer preschool education to hearing children. 

Our 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 support services, counseling, and access to developmental screenings. 

Children will have integrated learning opportunities, engaging with children with hearing loss in our inclusionary program.

With an average of twelve students per class and a 6:1 student-teacher ratio, children receive individual attention from our highly-qualified teachers, all of whom hold bachelors or masters degrees in education.

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.

Visit www.dcrpreschool.org for more information. Or, call Belle Garcia in our Preschool Administrative Office at (213) 863-9944 or (213) 863-9947; e-mail admin@dcrpreschool.org

“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 and his parent(s) meets with a listening and spoken language teacher once a week for a 50-minute private session. The child receives another 30-minute session when parent attendance is optional. Parents also participate or observe in the preschool one day per week and schedule weekly conferences with their child’s classroom teacher.  Auditory-verbal techniques are used to demonstrate how to teach language effectively at home.

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.


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


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 Sept-May for families in Parent Infant, Preschool and Friday Family School services. During the multi-week International Summer Sessions the support groups take place several times each week. Support groups are held in English and Spanish. Only adults participate.

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. When parents suspect that their child may have a problem hearing, the Clinic is ready to help.

Comprehensive Audiological Testing

JTC tests children from birth to age 18. 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
  • Tympanometry
  • Acoustic Reflexes
  • Otoacoustic Emissions
  • Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Natural Sleep
  • Behavioral Observation Audiometry (BOA)
  • Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA)
  • Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA)
  • Conventional Audiometry

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.

JTC 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 18 years of age in the Southern California area can be made by calling 213-748-5481. Appointments are scheduled 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 John Tracy Clinic (JTC) in Los Angeles, CA for parents and their children with hearing loss 2½ through 5 years old.  The families come from many countries including the U.S. 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 University Los Angeles. 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 Saint Mary's University 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 Saint Mary's University/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 Saint Mary's University 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 14, May 1, 8, 12 (May 12 is evening parent class panel) 

Distance Education

In addition to our onsite programs, John Tracy Clinic (JTC) offers Parent Distance Education Courses. These online courses provide 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 from anywhere around the globe. 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 four Parent Distance Education Courses tailored to the stages of early childhood development and specific associated language needs. Course 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.
  • JTC TALKS: PARENTS: For groups of parents located anywhere in the world! Parents who have young children with hearing loss can form groups for connecting to John Tracy Clinic’s educational online video classes called JTC TALKS: PARENTS. The only equipment required is Internet access, a computer with a webcam, mic, speakers, and a monitor or projection screen. The video classes are a part of JTC's extensive Distance Education program. For more information visit our JTC TALKS webpage at http://www.jtc.org/services/online-video-classes, or email pals@jtc.org.  

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. 

Enroll Today!
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 in person, we offer JTC TALKS: PARENTS, an alternative series of live online video classes available for groups of parents around the globe. For enrollment information, click on http://www.jtc.org/services/online-video-classes.

Online Video Classes


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


  • This is a group-based program.
  • Payment is per site for a set of classes
  • Returning group enrollment is specially priced     
  • New group enrollments available for USD$1050
  • Sites need wired Internet access, a computer with a webcam, mic, speakers, and a projection screen

Contact pals@jtc.org to enroll

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