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Preschool

Preschool

Educational Philosophy 
Early childhood is an optimal time for communication, language, and cognitive development to occur. This development depends largely on the quality of the interaction between parents and child and teachers and child.
 
The education program in our Preschool-Preprimary department is based on a sound developmental theory called Mediated Learning. When parents and teachers incorporate mediated learning strategies, learning is more effective, interactions between child and adult are more productive and children become more independent, self-sufficient learners. Our parent education program helps parents learn mediating strategies they can use in their natural interactions with their child at home.


Communication Approaches
Learning to communicate is a vital part of a deaf child's early education. Children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills which include spoken language, speech-reading, auditory processing and sign language. Children are encouraged to use amplification whether it is in the form of post-auricular hearing aids, FM systems and/or cochlear implants. 
 
Program Information 
School day starts at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from September through June. There is a six week full day summer school program in July and August. 
  • each classroom is staffed by a certified Master's level teacher and an assistant teacher 
  • classes are small with 6 to 8 children in each 
  • bus transportation is provided 
  • individual and group speech therapy is provided 
  • occupational and physical therapies are available as prescribed 
  • counseling and play therapy are available 
  • audiological evaluation and services are available on site in the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center 
Entry Requirements
  • Hearing loss of at least 80db in the better ear, or functionally profoundly deaf based on a full and individual evaluation
  • Approximately 3 years of age
  • New York State resident
Contact:
Catrina Zowak
Preschool Department
Lexington School for the Deaf
25-26 75th Street
East Elmhurst, New York 11370
718 - 350-3244 Voice/TTY
718 - 899-9846 (Fax)
czowak@lexnyc.org