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Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Hearing-impaired children in Tulare County are provided service through a variety of options.

Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Once identified, infants through toddlers of 36 months with a hearing loss are served in the Bright Start Parent/Infant Program. Newly-referred families will be scheduled to meet with an intervention team to learn about the educational options to develop the child's communication skills and to support the family in achieving that goal. This team, which may include our Board-Certified Audiologist, Deaf &Hard of Hearing teacher, and Speech &Language specialist, will share information and resources with the family. Together they map out a plan for obtaining amplification (if desired) and initiating appropriate therapy in the home environment. Early, optimal amplification allows a child to make progress in language development.

Tulare County Office of Education operates the Sound Beginnings Preschool Program, where children who are deaf or have a hearing loss can develop listening and spoken language skills. Deaf learners can also develop communication using American Sign Language (ASL). The creative curriculum will engage the children through exciting themes to develop target language and literacy skills. Parents are encouraged to be involved through much-needed practice at home.

Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Once enrolled in the district general education classroom, our teachers of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing will collaborate with the classroom teacher and Related Services staff to determine any further needs, such as the use of a Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) system or an educational interpreter for a signing student.

Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Hearing Center provides audiological support by staffing a full-time Board Certified Audiologist who conducts hearing evaluations and customizes amplification systems. For many students, the use of a HAT system allows them to successfully process speech within the classroom and succeed in becoming an advocate for their own academic needs.


Audiology Referral Form
(for use by school personnel)
- complete the form online, print, then fax to (559) 737-6722 or e-mail to pamm@tcoe.org




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Tulare County Office of Education
Special Services Division
All mail to: P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
Physical address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277

Tammy McKean, Assistant Superintendent
(559) 730-2910 • fax: (559) 730-2511



Tim A. Hire, County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
All mail to: P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
Physical address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277
phone: (559) 733-6300 • fax: (559) 627-5219

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