PreSchool Total Comminication Program

The total communication program is dedicated to the development of listening, speech, language, literacy and communication skills so that students can function competitively within the hearing community.

A team of trained paraprofessionals and other support service providers, complement our highly qualified professional staff.All staff receives comprehensive training in the latest developments in technology and strategies for enhancing children's learning. Staff has up-to-date knowledge and skills for working with children with cochlear implants who are in total communication classrooms.

The school has a comprehensive academic program that is enhanced by allied subjects including art, music, dance,instrumental music, drama, library, physical education and extracurricular sports. All classrooms in the Lake Drive Program have SmartBoard Technology and a high ratio of computers for students to utilize, with access to computer-assisted learning opportunities and the Internet. Lake Drive offers a state-of the-art audiological diagnostic testing center which has the capacity to program cochlear implants.

Services Offered to Children

  • Educating children 3-5
  • Occupational therapy
  • Counseling
  • Physical therapy
  • Intensive auditory training and auditory learning - classroom and individual
  • Simultaneous voice and manual communication classrooms
  • Intensive language and speech training 4-5 times per week/30 minute sessions
  • Individual and small group instruction based upon the child's Individual Educational Plan
  • Diagnostic and consultative services in: clinical audiology, psychology, speech and language, occupational therapy, physical therapy and social work
  • Summer program

Family Support

  • Evening family education meetings
  • Home visits
  • Individual parent counseling
  • Home-school communication log
  • Sign language class
  • Reference Library: Books and videotapes
  • Organization of Mainstream Program


  • Principal
  • Supervisors of Instruction
  • Fully certified teachers of the deaf
  • Classroom teacher paraprofessionals
  • School Psychologist
  • Consulting Clinical Psychologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Art Teacher
  • Computer Specialist
  • ASHA certified audiologists
  • Music Teacher
  • Certified Auditory/Verbal Therapists
  • Consulting Dysphasia Specialist
  • Consulting specialists in other areas, as needed
  • MSW certified social worker- bilingual services available
  • ASHA certified speech and language pathologists with specialization in language, speech and auditory habilitation.
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