Ross Auditory Verbal Preschool

2016 Preschool Graduation

At the core of John Tracy Clinic’s mission is the Dickinson C. Ross Auditory Verbal Preschool for deaf and hard-of-hearing children, ages 3 through 5 years old. The preschool is offered Monday through Thursday, September through May.

In addition, we offer a combined parent-child school program on Fridays, where parent-centered education and participation are emphasized in a rich, English language environment.

In our Auditory Verbal Preschool, children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth are nurtured and activities are planned that encourage children to use their amplified residual hearing, and develop speech and receptive and expressive language skills.

We apply a Reggio-Emilia approach to learning that is built around each individual child’s interests. Children are educated based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment.

JTC’s preschool classrooms are full of natural materials that serve each child’s interests and explorations. Teachers and parents observe and record reactions, and then use that information to build further educational opportunities based around each child’s innate curiosities and interests. For deaf children, the approach provides ample opportunities for verbal as well as non-verbal expression, since movement, drawing, sculpture, role play, and music are all incorporated into daily routines. JTC’s teachers skillfully weave the Reggio-Emilia approach into the principles of a listening and spoken language preschool environment, emphasizing repetition and familiar language while fostering creative expression. The results can be seen in a stroll down the Preschool’s hallways, where children’s explorations and spontaneous expressions are documented and creations are proudly on display and heard in the classrooms.

We also offer the students individualized speech and language sessions with one of our certified auditory-verbal therapists or spoken-language specialists.


Parents also participate or observe in the preschool one day per week and schedule weekly conferences with their child’s classroom teacher. Auditory-verbal techniques are used to demonstrate how to teach language effectively at home. Twice a month, parents attend a support group session. In this way, parents are given the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills they need to foster their child’s overall development, and to share with others the feelings, triumphs and obstacles their family is experiencing.

To enroll in our Auditory Verbal Preschool Program, parents must first attend the Parent/Infant Program on a regular basis. For more information, please contact Belle Garcia in our Education Department. Check our Program Calendar for dates. 

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