Dearest Friend of DePaul School –
You can make the difference for a child with hearing loss as he or she embarks on a transformational journey. Learning to listen and speak is most definitely a marathon, not a sprint, for children with hearing loss. Each child approaches it one step at a time, gaining sure footing as they practice listening and speaking. At DePaul School, each student receives the individualized instruction and tools needed for success.
Your gift supports students like Adith, whose family’s journey to DePaul was a serendipitous adventure. When Adith’s father was transferred to Pittsburgh from India for work, his family had no idea that they had landed in exactly the right location. Adith was 11 months old, but did not have a newborn hearing screening, so no one knew that he had hearing loss. A few months later, an exam revealed that he had moderate to severe loss in both ears. He was fitted with hearing aids and began a journey to spoken language.
Adith enrolled in the DePaul Toddler Program at 19 months old and was progressing well, but to better support a consistent listening and speaking environment between school and home, his parents decided to only speak to him in English at home, and he flourished. Now, as a vibrant five year old in the DePaul Preschool Program, Adith loves coming to school and considers it a “fun challenge.” In fact, he gets quite upset when he has to miss school for any reason. His favorite school activities are “Language Experience” and playing in the Discovery Room.
His mother, Diya, shares her thoughts:
“I am absolutely amazed that we moved thousands of miles from home, not knowing that we had a child with hearing loss, and ended up right here in Pittsburgh with DePaul School. We feel so blessed to have DePaul as a part of our life.”
Recently, Adith received a cochlear implant, and it has been a wonderful addition for him. He is even now learning some Malayalam, the native tongue of his family, at home. Adith’s little brother does not have hearing loss, and his parents speak to him in Malayalam. In a wonderful demonstration of perception and flexibility in children, Adith addresses his brother in Malayalam but addresses his parents in English, which amuses and delights everyone. You can read more about Adith’s family at his mother’s blog: www.autumndelight.com
Since 1908, DePaul School has been teaching children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen, speak and learn and to gain the skills needed to transition into regular public education classrooms alongside their peers with typical hearing. DePaul is truly a beacon of hope for families looking for a spoken language program for their child. Your donation helps to prepare students like Adith for a successful and independent future.
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With gratitude –
Ruth G. Auld, EdD
DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the only Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) school in the western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia tri-state area. We teach children from birth to age 15, to speak and to learn without using sign language.
At DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, we celebrate the success of each individual child with hearing loss as he or she transitions to and thrives in the hearing and speaking world.