Galveston-Brazoria Cooperative for the Hearing Impaired
GBCHI is a regional day school program for students ages 0-22 who have an auditory impairment. Implemented under directives from the Texas Education Agency, this program functions as an educational cooperative serving ten surrounding area school districts. These include Alvin, Clear Creek, Dickinson, Friendswood, Galveston, Hitchcock, La Marque, Pearland, Santa Fe, and Texas City.
Referrals are received through the home district. If you have any questions about referrals, please contact your local special education director.
·All children can learn according to their unique and individual learning styles
·Parents are the 1st teachers and need continued support and information
·In maximizing effective communication potential according to the child’s learning style
o Through maximizing the use of residual hearing
o Total communication
·Literacy is the key to functional integration into society
·Intrinsic motivation coupled with a positive self-concept equates to a successful learner
All services are based upon student needs as determined through current assessment and by decision of the ARD committee.
Direct services are provided for students who need smaller classes, intensive remedial instruction, and support services on a daily basis.
Itinerant teachers are provided to students on their home campus who need less than three hours of direct services weekly by a teacher of the deaf. Teachers concentrate on the development of language, communication skills, and self-concept.
Services are provided to infants from birth to three years of age. The focus is on early and intensive auditory stimulation to facilitate the growth of auditory, language, and speech skills along normal developmental lines.
These include audiological testing, routine hearing aid maintenance, earmold impressions and fitting, provision of assistive listening devices, and failed hearing screening follow-up.
Speech Therapy Services
Services include direct one to one and group therapy, assessment of student needs, and development of school speech goals.
Services include interpreting for student classes as determined by the ARD committee. Interpreting is also available for students when participating in after school activities including but not limited to: football, cheerleading, soccer, band, etc.
Services include counseling one to one and in group settings, assisting in developing behavior plans for the classroom and the home, and other related counseling services.
- Assessment Services
- Deaf Culture Information
- Information Regarding Hearing Loss
- Parent Information Classes