Professional Development

Since 1914, CID has been committed to preparing teachers—then other professionals with the development of related fields—to help children who are deaf and hard of hearing learn to listen and talk. Today, this commitment includes:

  • continuing education workshops and online courses for teachers of the deaf and speech-language pathologists
  • in-service training programs and workshops for general education teachers and other professionals
  • guided observations in the CID family center, early childhood center and primary school
  • consulting services for schools and school districts developing listening and spoken language programs
  • testing and developing educational tools and hearing support products for use with children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

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 CEUs are available for many CID courses. Please check specific event listings.



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    Continuing education workshops at CID in St. Louis


    Helpful support products for educators 


    Service models tailored to meet a team’s needs


    In-depth learning about CID’s classroom and pull-out services 


    Download a .pdf version of our professional development brochure



Enter your name and email to claim FREE downloadable resources from CID. Resources include:

  • Ear Diagram – English or Spanish
  • Familiar Sounds Audiogram – English or Spanish
  • Hearing Aid Checklist
  • Cochlear Implant Checklist
  • Bone Conduction Device Checklist
  • Auditory Memory Strategies
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How can groups view the online courses?

For online course group viewing options, please contact Ann Holmes at or 314.977.0159

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 or contact Dianne Gushleff,, 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 with Dianne Gushleff at, 314.977.0133 (phone) or 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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