The Deaf and Hard of Hearing graduate program at CLU has partnered with No Limits for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children to help prepare teachers of children with hearing loss.
CLU’s program is designed for working professionals who are specially trained in spoken language instruction for this population of children. The nonprofit organization No Limits provides theatrical and educational experiences and individual therapy for children with hearing loss as well as family support and community awareness.
Each summer, seven to eight CLU teacher candidates are assigned a caseload of No Limits students and their parents. Under the supervision of CLU Special Education Program Director Maura Martindale and No Limits founder and Executive Director Michelle Christie-Adams, each candidate provides assessment, planning, instruction and parent education during hour-long sessions each week. Parents actively participate in the sessions and are expected to carry through with specific activities all week long.
The program, Martindale points out, is a true win-win scenario where CLU teacher candidates gain valuable teaching experiences and No Limits families receive needed educational services.