298 Haverhill Street
North Reading, Massachusetts 01864
Map of Hood School  (Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program)
Phone:  781-760-1708
Fax:  978-664-7805
Web Site:  Not provided


K - 2nd
Enrollment:  Not provided
Setting:  Suburban
District:  SEEM Collaborative

Welcome to Hood School (Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program)!
The SEEM Collaborative Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is a day school program housed in two public schools educating students grades PreK-1. All students present with an educationally significant hearing loss including moderate, severe and profound sensorineural losses as well as auditory dys-synchrony. Students use a variety of amplification devices including traditional hearing aids, FM systems and some students have cochlear implants. In addition, all students use a combination of spoken English and signed English to communicate.

Both the preschool and the kindergarten classrooms participate in at least two structured, teacher directed activities daily. These activities are language-based (emphasizing the development of specific vocabulary and receptive/expressive language skills) and incorporate academic material from across the curriculum. All instruction and curriculum is alligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks.

Whenever possible, each class group also includes one or two hearing children to serve as typical speech and language models for the hearing impaired students. The inclusion of hearing students in the classroom also encourages interactions between the hearing impaired students and their hearing peers, similar to situations that arise in a mainstream environment. This type of reverse mainstreaming is especially effective in the preschool classroom because the students are able to interact with hearing peers in a familiar small group setting and teachers are readily available to facilitate student interactions. In the kindergarten classroom, the children are also encouraged to expand their communication skills in larger groups by participating in a typical kindergarten classroom one to three times a week with teacher support.