The Support Services Department is an interdisciplinary team of specialists that works collaboratively to best address the needs of our students.
Occupational & Physical Therapy
Students whose neurological, developmental, and/or orthopedic needs impact their ability to participate fully throughout their school day may benefit from occupational and/or physical therapy services. Upon a team referral, the occupational and/or physical therapist will evaluate a student and, if appropriate, develop a treatment program.
The Speech-Language Pathology Department is staffed by full- and part-time speech-language pathologists. Annual evaluations are conducted, and individualized programs are designed. Goals and objectives generally focus on one or more of the following:
- Communication strategies for interacting with both Deaf and hearing people
- Spoken English grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation;
- Speech sound production
- Speechreading and listening
- Clarification strategies
A whole language approach is used within the context of role plays, discussion and practice. Themes and topics are chosen based on community, family and personal experiences, while some activities are coordinated with academic content areas. Individual and/or small group sessions and the number of weekly sessions are determined by each student’s annual IEP (Individualized Education Plan) team, and re-evaluated as appropriate during the year. The emphasis of each individual program is to encourage increasingly independent and effective use of communication strategies and spoken English skills.
Services for Students with Cochlear Implants
A licensed audiologist works with those students who have cochlear implants. The goal for each child with a cochlear implant is to maximize his/her potential in both spoken English and American Sign Language.
TLC’s Audiology Unit provides comprehensive audiologic and hearing aid services to both students and the community. Our state-of-the-art unit is staffed by licensed audiologists who are certified by The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The educational audiology program and the outpatient audiology program have received accreditation by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association which ensures that nationally recognized standards of quality are maintained.
The Counseling Department supports the social and emotional development of students through the provision of individual and group counseling services. Counselors support and partner with families, maintaining regular contact and seeking input into the development of service plans. They work closely with educational supervisors, faculty, and other support staff to address the social-emotional needs of students and thereby enhance their ability to benefit from the educational services being offered.
In addition to counseling, students are supported by the services of a school psychologist, who provides psycho-educational assessments, and a behavior specialist, who assists teachers in addressing specific behavioral concerns that may impede classroom learning.
The Learning Center employs full-time ASL/English interpreters, who are based on the Framingham campus. Interpreter services are also used by students and staff of Walden School. Requests for these services may include visitors, seminars, field trips, meetings and other situations, allowing both Deaf and hearing people to feel comfortable using theirs first language.
Housed in the garden-level of the Early Childhood Center building, the Library serves all members of the TLC community. Students of all ages and from all programs, teachers, staff, and parents are welcome to use the library’s ever-growing collection of over 13,000 books, DVDs, videos, periodicals and kits.
The mission of the library is to be an inviting place where all can come to enjoy stories and reading, as well as learn to find, evaluate and use information efficiently. Most students in preschool though Middle School attend weekly library sessions, and classes can also schedule additional time to work on special projects or use the library’s new 20” screen iMac desktop computers. An Eno board is also used frequently for interactive lessons and instruction. Students are often introduced to new media resources related to literacy, ASL storytelling, Deaf culture and Deaf history.
The library’s collection of materials is current and diverse, and includes a significant number of books and media related to Deaf culture and history. Our catalog is fully automated and is available both on and off-campus via the internet.
Our library catalog contains a feature called Webpath Express, an educational search tool for students of all ages that helps them locate reliable, accurate information on the the internet. We also have access to a wide variety of Gale databases and online encyclopedias, made possible by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commisioners, the Massachusetts Library System, and state and federal Institute of Museum and Library funds. Click here to start searching!