Since 1914, CID has been committed to preparing professionals who serve children with hearing loss who are learning to listen and talk. This commitment is reflected through our deaf education resources, including easy-to-use curricula, free online courses, insightful workshops, guided observations, consulting services and more. To date, our products and services have been used by professionals in more than 50 countries spread across six continents.

Whether you’re a teacher of the deaf, special education teacher, speech-language pathologist, early interventionist or audiologist, we want to work with you. Our goal is to help you learn more, teach effectively and lead not only the children you serve, but your colleagues as well.

For questions about how CID can serve you, reach out to us at

CID preschool class language lesson with observer


“[CID online courses are] a great resource for providing high quality professional development to our staff. Pediatric Audiology is perfect for sharing with regular education staff who have students who are deaf and hard of hearing in their classrooms.”

Monica Fanning Special Education Administrator Program for Students Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

“Recently, I had the opportunity to review one of CID’s new online courses for professionals working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children. It was high-quality, open-captioned and would be beneficial for professionals working with this population.”

Marsha GundersonConsultant Audiology, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Education, Iowa School for the Deaf

“[Small Talk] is well organized from front-to-back with practical tips and explanations about hearing, testing, technology, language, music, reading and school. If you are a parent on this path with a child who has hearing loss, this book is a great addition to your ‘backpack’ of tools that will help you on your way.”

David Sindrey, M.Cl.Sc. LSLS Cert AVTRenowned speaker and author

“The [online course] video examples of practice, and children and teachers in action, are invaluable in bringing the topics to life – and in helping our future teachers of the deaf understand what working with children with hearing loss looks like.”

Connie Mayer, EdD, OCTDeaf and Hard-of-Hearing Teacher Education Program, York University

“We were lucky enough to benefit from CID’s consultative services this school year.  The teacher and related service staff were able to receive feedback…and implement positive changes immediately after the first consultation.”

Amy Sachs, M.S. CCC-SLPSpeech-Language Pathologist, South Roxana Elementary School

When it comes to learning from expert practitioners in the field, the CID Blog for Professionals can’t be beat! The information is highly relevant and delivered in clear, concise chunks that are easy to absorb and integrate into one’s own work with children. For those  just entering the field, this is a rich resource!”

Maria Hartman Ph.D.Student Teaching Coordinator, Teachers College, Columbia University

“There just is no peer for the CID SPICE [2nd Edition] kit! EVERY DHH program needs SPICE and SPICE for Life!”

Karen Anderson Ph.D.Director of Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss

As an AVT who works with young children and their families every day, I have found all of the CID products and resources valuable to me as a clinician and to the families I share them with. Thank you!”

Kimberlee Crass, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Florida

“CID met all of our requests and expectations and the staff gave us detailed, precise explanations to enable us to understand the philosophy of the school. It was an extremely meaningful and helpful guided observation!”

Professor HarashimaUniversity of Tsukuba

    Deaf education resources backed by over 100 years of experience


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Please contact us to discuss how we might help meet your professional development needs. Ask us about our distance learning opportunities and other options. ASHA and LSLS continuing education credit is available for all CID courses and workshops.



As part of our mission to support professionals working with children who are deaf and hard of hearing, CID offers multiple types of FREE resources including:

Click on any of the links above to access free information on a variety of topics that pertain to the work you do with your students.


Meet the Emerson Center for Professional Development Advisory Council! We have gathered these leaders in the field of deaf education to gain  their insights as we strive to develop the most effective and relevant programs and tools for professionals.

Shirin Antia, Ph.D.
University of Arizona

Christina Borders, Ph.D.
Illinois State University

Susan Easterbrooks, Ed.D.
Georgia State University (retired)

Caroline Guardino, Ph.D.
University of North Florida

Maria Hartman, Ph.D., M.A.
Teachers College, Columbia University

Rebecca Jackson, Ph.D.
Minnesota Department of Education

Susan Lenihan, Ph.D., CED
Fontbonne University

John Luckner, Ed.D.
University of Northern Colorado

Connie Mayer, Ed.D.
York University

Jenna Voss, Ph.D., CED
Fontbonne University

Ye (Angel) Wang, Ph.D
Teachers College, Columbia University


How can groups view the online courses?

For online course group viewing options, please visit our group view page by clicking here.

What is your return policy on products?

You have 30 days to return your purchase in like-new condition for an exchange or refund. All sales are final after 30 days. For questions, contact

How are the SPICE and SPICE for Life curricula different?

They target different listening skills.

The original SPICE (Speech Perception Instructional Curriculum and Evaluation) is used for developing auditory skills in children who are at the very beginning of their auditory development. SPICE activities target the following skills:

  • detection of speech
  • perception of the suprasegmental aspects of speech (duration, stress and intonation)
  • vowel and consonant perception
  • comprehension of connected speech (phrases, sentences and conversation)

The CID SPICE for Life curriculum targets development of a variety of listening skills.

  • developing auditory memory
  • listening in noisy settings
  • listening to music
  • localizing sounds
  • listening to voices (identify gender, emotion, etc.)
  • listening in conversation
  • listening on the telephone and other media
  • identifying environmental sounds

Can I use SPICE for Life with a student who hasn’t completed the SPICE skills?


In most cases, we recommend using both curricula with these students. This promotes well-balanced auditory development and provides variety for the student. Some SPICE for Life skills, such as developing auditory memory, can also contribute to a student’s learning of language and vocabulary, allowing her to continue to make progress in the vowel and consonant perception and connected speech goals of SPICE.

Can I just order the toys from the SPICE kit or replace the ones I am missing?

No, the toys are not sold separately. The only components of the SPICE kit sold separately are the manual, rating forms and acoustic hoop.

Can I order an extra set of the SPICE picture word cards?

No, the SPICE picture word cards and sentence/nursery rhyme cards are not sold separately. The only components of the SPICE kit sold separately are the manual, rating forms and acoustic hoop.

How does CID TAGS compare to rating forms available from other organizations?

TAGS is one part of a full system for progress monitoring for listening, language and speech. It is a functional assessment that is specifically for syntax. It includes lists of grammatical structures that are commonly produced in English. The forms are a great way to keep track of what grammatical structures students are and are not using. In addition, TAGS are useful for providing data in addition to standardized test scores.

CID provides similar assessment forms for monitoring and tracking progress in all areas in which we expect delay for children with hearing loss:

  • Vocabulary: CID Early Childhood Vocabulary Rating Form
  • Syntax: CID TAGS (TAGS-1, TAGS-2, TAGS-3)
  • Pragmatic Language: CID Preschool Pragmatic Language Rating Form
  • Language Related to Play: CID Preschool Symbolic Language Rating Form
  • Speech: CID Speech Skills Rating Form
  • Auditory Training: CID SPICE
  • Auditory Learning: CID SPICE for Life

Each of these forms is used in the following five ways:

  • To determine a child’s present level of performance (in that area)
  • To determine IEP goals (in that area)
  • To determine lesson objectives (in that area)
  • To track progress over time (in that area)
  • To report skills and progress to parents and professionals (in that area)

Will your workshops be held in the spring or summer?

Our on-site professional development workshops are presented each fall at CID in St. Louis, MO. For dates and titles of upcoming workshops, please click here. If you’re interested in having CID bring a workshop to your location, please contact us at or 314.977.0133.

How can I order CID publications if I am outside of the United States?

Orders from outside of the continental United States cannot be placed online, as our system is unable to calculate the shipping costs that depend on the size and weight of the package(s). You may place your order directly by emailing us at or by calling 314.977.0133 (phone), 314.977.0016 (fax). Please include the items and quantity you wish to order, the complete name and address for billing and shipment, and payment details.

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