Saturday, September 22nd, marked the official opening of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf Children's Center at Edinboro University located in Butterfield Hall.
The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf Children's Center at Edinboro University is a brand new preschool program for children ages 3-kindergarten who are deaf/hard of hearing in Northwest PA. They have a Master's level Teacher of the Deaf, who is also a certified ASL interpreter, as well as a Speech Language Pathologist who specializes in working with children with hearing loss to address communication, speech and listening needs. Because of their combined experience, they can match the language needs of any child who attends the program whether they are profoundly deaf and strictly use ASL or if they are Oral, and use spoken English.
Having the preschool program in Butterfield Hall at Edinboro University, allows the staff to partner with the University in ways that are unique to most preschool programs. Graduate students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department complete their clinical practicum at the preschool under the direct supervision of the SLP. They also have the opportunity to participate in specialized art classes hosted in the new Art Therapy Studio and to take advantage of the resources at the campus library. The Boro Little Learners Academy is right down the hall, so both preschool classrooms come together weekly to learn sign language and do activities together.
What a great addition to the region. Congratulations to all!