“When I walked through those doors for the first time, I could breathe. It felt like a weight lifted off my chest.”

“Before coming to CID, our son had an extremely limited vocabulary and a lot of frustration expressing his feelings. In the past few years, we have witnessed him growing into a smart and funny individual.”

“I wish all the children of the world had the opportunity to attend a school like CID.”

“The teachers are excellent and well-supported by staff and resources to provide an exceptional educational experience for the children.”

“CID educators have a genuine passion to teach and care for my child.”

This school has impacted my child’s ability to communicate in the most excellent way possible. We are truly grateful for all staff at CID.”

“We love the school. It is the greatest thing we did, having her go to CID.”

“The school staff is wonderful. They have always shown patience and warmth.

“When we came here four years ago, we were worried about our daughter’s future. But now we are sure that she is going to be successful in life.”

“We cannot begin to explain all the positive changes we’ve seen in our son over the past few years at CID!”

“The people of CID brought [our son] out of a world of silence into a world full of wonder and exploration.”

“We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity CID has given our son to develop his language. He walked in with a handful of words and is leaving with a plethora of speech and friends.”

“CID has proved vital in helping [our daughter] grow and become the confident girl she is today.”

FAMILY CENTER AND SCHOOL

Welcome to CID

CID is a school where children, birth to age 12, who are deaf and hard of hearing learn to listen, talk and read. We prepare children to participate and succeed in their neighborhood schools. Generous private support makes us affordable for all.

You have come to an excellent place to explore your child’s potential. CID has more than 105 years of experience teaching children and putting them on the path toward happy and productive lives.

ON-SITE SERVICES

Pediatric Audiology

CID is committed to the continuous use of appropriate listening devices for each child. The daily goal is to maximize learning time. To do this, we aim for optimal use of residual hearing with the device/s being used, whether cochlear implants, hearing aids or one of each.

Speech-Language Pathology

CID’s speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work on-site with teachers, audiologists, occupational therapists and other professionals to develop each child’s listening and spoken language skills. SLP services are provided for CID students of all ages. They include annual evaluations and regular individual intervention and consultation.

Teacher and Child working together

Occupational Therapy

All CID school children and their teachers benefit from observation and individual recommendations from an on-site occupational therapist at CID. The OT collaboration is helping parents to better understand their children and teachers to better identify issues and implement effective strategies in the classroom.

School Counselor

Our CID school counselor, Pat Wasserman, MAEd, is a successful profoundly deaf role model for our students. She teaches a weekly class called Health and Growth. The class covers not only health and growth related topics, but also how to be assertive, how to work toward success and more.

APPROACH AND METHODS

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Since its founding in 1914, CID has demonstrated that, regardless of how severe their hearing impairment, children can learn to speak and understand the speech of others when early and appropriate education is provided. Today, early intervention, cochlear implants and digital hearing aids, combined with listening and spoken language educational techniques, are enabling more children to learn to listen, talk, read and succeed socially and academically.

FACILITIES

The CID school at 825 South Taylor Avenue is an acoustically-friendly environment where our students learn to listen and talk. We hope you will visit soon. If you would like to make an appointment, please contact us.

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    Designed with superior classroom acoustics for optimal listening and spoken language deaf education.

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GET STARTED

CID serves children with hearing loss birth through age 12 who typically live in or move to St. Louis, Missouri, southern Illinois and surrounding areas. To assess whether CID is an appropriate placement for a particular child, we begin by gathering some basic information.

To learn more about CID and determine whether your child is a candidate, please contact Andrea Osman 314.977.0135. Or submit information using this form and a member of our staff will contact you to talk about your child.

TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID

For children who are deaf and hard of hearing accepted into the CID school, scholarship support and other financial aid typically is available. Thanks to generous private support, we turn no child with hearing loss away based on inability to pay.

Children birth to 3 years old in our Family Center are typically supported by Missouri First Steps and Illinois Child and Family Connections programs. Our parent counselors will guide you through the process of obtaining help. Families of older children (3-12) receive school district funding and/or tuition assistance made possible by generous donors to CID.

COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN

Since 1914, CID has served children and their families from 48 states and 34 countries.

Albania
Australia
Belarus
Bermuda
Bosnia
Canada
China
Egypt
Germany
Ghana
Guam
Guatemala
Haiti
India
Indonesia
Japan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Malaysia
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
Nigeria
Oman
Pakistan
Peru
Romania
Russia
Somalia
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of America (48 states)
Venezuela

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