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Special Education → Services → Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHOH)
Dr. Susan P. Russell, SupervisorMrs. Michelle L. Fyock, Instructional SpecialistMrs. Louise R. Colodzin, AudiologistDr. Robyn B. Miller, AudiologistDr. Ken Reimer, School PsychologistMs. Selma Patillo-Simms, Coordinator of Interpreting Services
Office Location:English Manor4511 Bestor DriveRockville, Maryland 20853
Phone: 240-740-1810Fax: 240-740-1804VP:240-751-4430
Phone: 240-740-1800Fax: 240-740-1803VP: 301-637-2958MCPSInterpretingServices@mcpsmd.org
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Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHOH) Program provides comprehensive programs and services for children from birth through high school graduation who have an educationally significant hearing loss.
The following specialized supports and related services are provided as determined by student needs through the IEP process:
MCPS Procedures for the Provision of Sign Language Interpreters for Parents
The birth-three year old program is coordinated through Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program. Babies/toddlers and parents may receive regular home-based services to facilitate parents' understanding of hearing loss and provide appropriate early intervention services including language, communication, and auditory skill development. In addition, parents and children may come to center-based activities including toddler groups and monthly “parent in class” for social interaction and informational sessions.
Deaf and hard of hearing children from ages three to five who require a language intensive preschool setting participate in half-day or full-day classes, where language and communication skill development is emphasized along with the development of age-appropriate concept development and pre-academic skills.
At the elementary level, D/HOH students may attend one of the center-based programs located in 3 elementary schools in the Rockville cluster where the most intensive and comprehensive supports and services can be delivered. Students may be in self-contained classes or participate in general education settings.
The Total Communication program incorporates the use of a variety of communication methods: sign language, speech, speechreading, audition, gesture, and print.
The Cued Speech program uses a manual system that was developed to represent the sounds of spoken language using eight hand shapes and four vowel group positions. Sounds that look alike on the lips are cued differently, so they can be distinguished from one another.
The Auditory/Oral program emphasizes oral and auditory skill development through the use of amplification, auditory learning, speechreading, and speech.
Articulating in the Rockville cluster, the center-based programs at Earle B.Wood Middle School and Rockville High School offer all three communication options, in general education classrooms and self-contained D/HOH classes. Students can access the array of courses and electives, and participate in all academic and extra-curricular activities. Transition services are provided and linkages to post-secondary experiences are supported.
Montgomery County Association for Hearing Impaired Children – MCAHIC
PO Box 6610
Silver Spring, MD 20916
For more information or to get involved, please visit their website or
Edited by Sue Schwartz, Ph.D.(Former MCPS Parent Educator)
An invaluable guide to deaf education with contributions from professionals and parents, Choices in Deafness providing an unbiased, thorough overview of the following methods: