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Professional Support Services Department

  • Audiology
  • Speech and Language Pathology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • School Counseling
  • Contract Services
    • Physical Therapy
    • Teacher of the Visually Impaired
    • Orientation and Mobility

Audiology

The North Carolina School for the Deaf (NCSD) provides audiological services to all students. This includes hearing assessments, aural habilitation, and provision of FM devices. All students are welcome to use their personal amplification devices. Audiological services for amplification devices include hearing aid and cochlear implant troubleshooting, care/maintenance and repairs. The audiologist collaborates with students’ personal audiologist to ensure that amplification needs are addressed.  Assistive technology compatible with hearing aids and cochlear implants, such as FM systems, are provided.


Thea Wilson, Au.D., CCC-A

Audiologist

828-432-5391

thea.wilson@esdb.dpi.nc.gov


Speech and Language Pathology

Speech and Language Pathology involves the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders, also called dysphagia.  When communication difficulties affect a student’s participation in classroom activities, social interaction, literacy, learning, and overall success in school, a Speech and Language Pathologist provides skilled assessment and evidence-based intervention.


Speech and Language Pathologists at the North Carolina School for the Deaf are well-versed to provide aural habilitation/rehabilitation, including training in auditory perception, using visual cues, improving speech, and developing overall language.  NCSD Speech Language Pathologists are practiced in evaluating and accessing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for students with severe expressive and receptive disorders. They work collaboratively with professionals from many other disciplines and train and educate families and caregivers to ensure optimal outcomes and bright futures for all students.


Kristin Todd, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist

(828) 432-5299

kristin.todd@esdb.dpi.nc.gov


Arielle Pask, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist

(828) 432-5408

arielle.pask@esdb.dpi.nc.gov


Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy  at the North Carolina School for the Deaf targets activities and adapts environments to facilitate development of students’ independence and participation in school..  The Occupational Therapist assesses and treats students with a wide variety of needs concerning sensory processing, fine and gross motor skills, balance, and visual motor integration.  Services are determined through the IEP process and provided individually and in groups, according to the students’ needs. The Occupational Therapist collaborates with the team to identify students’ needs and goals and to determine the services, supports, modifications, and accommodations required for achieving them. 


School Counseling

Counseling at the North Carolina School for the Deaf supports students’ academic achievement, personal and social, and career development.  The school counselor employs a guidance curriculum for fostering healthy social emotional growth for all students.


The school counselor at NCSD is knowledgeable about the educational and social/emotional implications of hearing loss.  She spends time one-on-one with students, coordinating activities designed to assist students in developing self-advocacy, establishing personal goals, and creating future plans.  She conducts various small group sessions for Elementary, Middle School, and High School students.  The counselor provides responsive services designed to meet students' immediate needs and concerns, including counseling in individual or small-group settings, crisis response, and referral to local mental health service agencies, in order to ensure all students overcome barriers to healthy development.


Iris Stuart, NBCT, M.Ed.

School Counselor

(828) 433-5366

iris.stuart@esdb.dpi.nc.gov


Contract Services