Educational Audiology/Speech Pathology Resources for Schools(EARS)
EARS is an outreach service of Arkansas Children's Hospital designed to provide educational audiology/speech language pathology for school districts, educational cooperatives, preschool programs and other educational settings in order to address the needs of students with hearing loss and other auditory disorders. The audiology services that are provided range from managing hearing screening programs to assistance with amplification and other classroom technical assistance, as well as recommendations for accommodations/modifications for students with auditory processing disorders, cochlear implants, etc. A full range of evaluation services are available including audiological assessments, counseling/guidance for parents and hearing conservation education. Speech pathology services include specialized assessments (with a written report), classroom observations, assistance with writing appropriate goals, as well as modeling therapy with individual students. Experienced audiologists, speech language pathologists and educators are also available to assist in the development of IFSP/IEPs and to provide focused in-service training for professionals and paraprofessionals. The services of the professionals on the EARS team can be contracted on a regular basis by the school district and other educational sites or called in on an “as needed” basis. Within the state of Arkansas, most school districts have limited or no access to onsite specialized service specific to children with auditory and listening challenges. This outreach program forms a much needed bridge to fill in the gap between identification, education and academic outcomes for students with hearing impairment.
*This program is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Department of Education - Special Education Unit
The following links are additional information/resources for parents and educational professionals in serving children with hearing loss.
- IDEA 2004 Regulations
- IEP Accommodations and Modifications
- Section 504 Individualized Plan
- Relationship of Hearing Loss to Listening and Learning Needs
- Familiar Sounds Audiogram
- Guidelines for Hearing Technology Check
- Hearing Technology Daily Log
- Ling Six Sound Test
- The Listening Room (activities for school-age children)
- Phonak FM Systems
- Oticon FM System
- Educational Support for Professionals:
HOPE by Cochlear Corporation
Advanced Bionics Corporation
For more information about the EARS program, please contact the coordinator, Donna Smiley, Ph.D., CCC-A, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-680-2718.
Hearing Outreach Program
Have the ACH Audiology Team "H.O.P." by and screen your hearing!
We are “completely mobile” and able to provide onsite hearing testing, including pure tone testing, acoustic reflexes, tympanometry and otoacoustic emissions.
Screening can be completed on children of any age, including very young infants or those with developmental delay.
Written summaries, including audiograms and individual recommendations, are provided to your center on each child.
Audiological services can be billed to Medicaid, insurance or other responsible parties with the appropriate referrals, as well as directly to the school or center
For more information about the H.O.P. program, please contact Darby Eckl at 501-539-2906 or by email@example.com.