When you discover your child has a hearing loss, you have lots of questions. CID’s caring, experienced family center staff will help you navigate the early intervention system so your family can receiveĀ services as soon as possible.

Our parent educators, teachers, individualĀ therapists and audiologists are credentialed providers forĀ First StepsĀ in Missouri andĀ Child and Family ConnectionsĀ in Illinois. We serve families and their children birth to age 3. Our expert pediatric audiologists will work closely with you to ensure your child receives appropriate amplification as soon as possible. We provide loaner hearing aids if needed.

In familyĀ sessions, weā€™ll help you understand your child’s hearing loss and listening devices. Our goal is to coach you andĀ your family toĀ help yourĀ child develop listening and spoken language within the context of your daily life.

We offer flexible scheduling, home visits, teleintervention sessions, family support groups and a toddler class for some of our students from 18 months to 2 years old.

Every day is precious learning time for a baby with a hearing loss. Please call usĀ to talk about your child. OrĀ use theĀ GET STARTEDĀ  link and we will contact you. WeĀ invite you and your family to visit CIDĀ andĀ meet our staff and students. See for yourself that developing listeningĀ and spoken language is both possible and rewarding.


Kathy Gallagher,Ā MAEd, CED
ProgramĀ Director

CIDā€™s Joanne Parrish Knight Family Center provides help at a crucial time for babies and their families.

toddler and mom during home visit
toddlers with hearing aids interact with their teacher at CID



Device Check and Cognitive Play
The teachers greet the studentsĀ and encourage them to hang up their jackets and backpacks. While the children do puzzles and matching or sorting activities, the teachers check their listening devices.

Opening Circle Time
Circle time begins with a song to welcome each child to class. They learn to listen for their names. They also learn their friends’ names. The teachers lead them in theme-related songs and finger plays. Children learn to listen to the rich, melodic aspects of speech and language through music and song. Even children with little spoken language enjoy participating in favorites like ā€œOld MacDonaldā€ and ā€œThe Wheels on the Bus.ā€

Guided Developmental Play
Children learn best through play. The children play and engage in theme-related activities. The teachers incorporate targeted vocabulary and language along with the language of play, for example:Ā ā€œMy turn. I want the ball.Ā Uh-oh, the car is stuck!Ā Ssshh. Night, night, Baby!ā€ PlayĀ themesĀ relate to a 2-year-oldā€™s real life experiences, such as ā€œhome and family,ā€ ā€œfallā€ and ā€œpets.ā€

During snack time, the teachers encourage the children to use functional language,Ā for example:Ā “I want some juice. More, please.”

Story Time
The teachers bring stories to life with props and toys to foster the love of books! The stories reinforce concepts, vocabulary and language related to theĀ theme.

Music and Movement
CIDā€™s gym teacher leads the children in games, songs and turn-taking while practicing balance, kicking, running, jumping, swinging and more.

Closing Circle Time
The children sing songs and say goodbye to their friends.


In the morning, each child participates in an individual session focused on his or her specific listening, language, vocabulary and speech goals. The therapists closely monitor the child’s listening skills and partner with our audiologists to ensure optimal hearingĀ at all times. Individual therapy activities are both developmentally appropriate and tailored to each child’s present levels and goals. The therapists work with our teachers to help ensure carryover of skills to the classroom.

Looking through observation window at small group toddler class


It’s important for parents and caregiversĀ to learnĀ specific strategies to promote listening and language skills at home, through play and daily routines. Each classroom and therapy room has an observation room. We encourage parents to observe their child in both settings. TheĀ teachers send home newsletters about themes and related activities. The therapists send daily notes. Our teachers, therapists and parent educators collaborateĀ regularly with caregiversĀ to fosterĀ a meaningful link between school and home.


CID offers teleintervention services for families of young children with hearing loss learning to listen and talk. Our experienced educators teach parents and caregivers about hearing loss, listening devices and much more. We use a coaching model to help families gain confidence integrating listening and spoken language techniques into their daily routines. Our goal is to empower parents to continue to improve their childrenā€™s skills as a foundation for lifelong learning.

Internet access is required. Security procedures are followed to protect confidentiality. For more information, please contact Claire Soete at or 314.977.0175.

Kathy Gallagher, director of the Joanne Parrish Knight Family Center at CID




Kathy Gallagher
Kathy Gallagher, MAEd, CED, the CID family center program director, has more than 30Ā years’ experience in deaf education. She joined CID in 2014 as co-coordinator of the Joanne Parrish Knight Family Center. She becameĀ director of the center in 2015. She earned her masterā€™s degree in deaf education/early intervention from Fontbonne University. She also holds a certificate in early childhood special education.

She previouslyĀ taughtĀ in Dayton Public Schoolā€™s Hearing Impaired Program and at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf. From 2000 through 2014, she was the toddler classroom teacher and a parent educator in St. Josephā€™s Early Intervention Program.Ā SheĀ has presented at national and international conventions hosted by the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Association (EHDI) and theĀ Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Claire Soete
CID’s family center intake coordinator, Claire Soete, MA, ECSE, CED brings more than 33 years of experience as a teacher and parent educator to the challenge of welcoming families and their newly diagnosed babies to CID. Claire has been a CID parent educator since 2006. She has also worked at Desert Voices Oral Learning Program in Phoenix, Arizona and Moog Center for Deaf Education in Chesterfield, Missouri.