Summit Speech School, located in New Providence, New Jersey, was founded in 1967. The school is one of only 51 private oral/OPTION schools in the country and the first in New Jersey teaching children who are deaf and hard of hearing to listen and talk without the use of sign language. Using intensive speech, language and auditory training sessions, along with FM systems, their own hearing aids, and cochlear implants, the children learn to maximize their listening, language and speaking skills. Approximately 4,000 children from more than 230 communities throughout New Jersey have attended the school.
The school services approximately 300 children from birth through high school annually. These children reside in communities throughout northern and central New Jersey.
Parent Infant Program (birth to three years of age) – Summit Speech School is a New Jersey Early Intervention provider. Our Parent Infant Program offers parents and caregivers the skills and confidence they need to help their young children learn to listen and talk. Individualized sessions provided at home or in childcare settings are guided by certified teachers of the deaf and focus on auditory habilitation and speech/language development.
In addition to the children’s individual services, toddlers between the ages of 15 and 36 months are eligible to receive additional on-site services in our group program, Sound Beginnings. Children work with our professionals while the parents participate in facilitated support and educational sessions. A pediatric audiologist is on staff to provide needed service.
Preschool Program (three to five years of age) - Our staff uses intensive small group language/listening sessions alternating with larger group content specific lessons. The school’s speech pathologists, classroom teachers and teaching assistants work as a team to track the children’s vocabulary, listening skills, speech, syntax, and discourse skills. Audiology and the related services of speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy are available.
Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf Program (preschool through high school) - As the mainstreaming of children with hearing loss grows, so does the need for specially trained teachers to provide support to them, their parents and school personnel. Summit Speech School provides a wealth of services tailored to specific children’s needs, maximizing the benefits they receive from their mainstream placement. Audiological services are also available.
In 2006, with the assistance of the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, Summit Speech School opened its Audiology Center with the objectives of serving the audiological needs of the Summit Speech School student population and providing pediatric outpatient services to the community.
We have established standards of excellence in all of our programs.
About Summit Speech School
We Help Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Learn to Speak