Spokane Hearing-Oral Program of Excellence (HOPE)
- Government and Education
In its 12th year, Spokane HOPE School remains the only listening and spoken language program in this region providing specialized early intervention for children with hearing loss using modern hearing technology (hearing aids, cochlear implants, Baha devices). Hearing technology MUST be accompanied by specialized teaching and training so children may learn to interpret and use the sounds they hear, and this teaching must be reinforced by parents at home. HOPE School exists solely to provide this specialized teaching.
HOPE School provides in-home services for infants, birth–3. Onsite programs include small-group, language-enriched weekly toddler group and four days/week AM and PM preschool focusing on listening, learning, and talking, with the goal to prepare these at-risk children to enter kindergarten with little-to-no special support.
Housed within the Spokane Riverpoint Campus, we partner with the Eastern Washington University (EWU) Department of Communication Disorders and Washington State University (WSU) Department of Speech and Hearing. Each year, under the supervision of a state-licensed and nationally certified Speech-Language Pathologist, approximately 45 masters students provide daily individual speech-language therapy and audiology services to our Preschool students, which simultaneously prepares our students to succeed in the K-12 classroom and prepares future professionals in the field of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) with the practical skills to serve children with hearing loss. To date, over 350 SLP graduate students have come through our program.
One block Northeast of Division and Spokane Falls Blvd. Housed within the Health Sciences Bldg on the WSU/EWU Riverpoint Campus.