St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf New Location

New Location for
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf-St. Louis

CSJ-Sponsored St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf (SJI) is pleased to announce the opening of its new location, at 1300 Strassner in Brentwood, Mo. The centralized location enables children and families to more easily access the listening and spoken language services for which SJI is nationally recognized.

“This location is close to I-40 and easily accessible by I-44, which enhances accessibility throughout the region,” says Teri Ouellette, LSLS Cert AVEd, President of St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf. “It also has the modern facility design and technology enhancements we need to serve children who are deaf or hard of hearing.”

SJI previously was located in Chesterfield at 1809 Clarkson Blvd. The 108,000-square foot facility, which was occupied by SJI since 1996, was sold to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet earlier this year. This assisted SJI to move to a new location that would better accommodate the organization’s early intervention services for children from birth to age three as well as SJI’s innovative internet-based therapy program called ihear. Other services offered at the new site include an onsite toddler program and pediatric audiology services for children ages 0-18.

“This move has been in discussion for several years,” says Kathy Krueger, SJI’s Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer and administrator for its St. Louis location. “The Clarkson Road location was outdated and accommodated a former residential program and onsite classroom program for children in grades K-8. As more and more families and school districts sought services within their own homes or neighborhood school districts, SJI focused more on services that could be provided in both of those areas, which negated the need for such a large building and required a location with a more robust IT infrastructure.”

The overwhelming majority of children served by SJI are infants and toddlers. A recent survey found that ninety percent of children enrolled in SJI’s Molloy Early Intervention program are diagnosed with a hearing loss within the first three months of life, with 72 percent of them beginning an early intervention program by the time they are six months old.  SJI has found that the majority of these young children are able to mainstream into a traditional neighborhood school setting by kindergarten if they have received comprehensive listening and spoken language therapy services in infancy. SJI receives referrals for potential students from both individual families as well as through otolaryngologists and other specialists at pediatric hospitals in the region. Families across the United States enroll in its ihear program to access listening and spoken language therapy.

“Our parent surveys and independent surveys have found that aggressive early intervention enables children to communicate effectively with parents and friends and then successfully integrate into a neighborhood classroom setting as early as preschool,” says Cheryl Broekelmann, MA, LSLS Cert. AVEd, Director of Early Intervention and ihear internet speech therapy services at SJI-St. Louis. “By working directly with families and school districts we not only help children prior to kindergarten age, we also can provide ongoing internet-based speech therapy consultation and services through adulthood.”

For more information or to refer a child to St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, please call 636.532.3211

 

 

 

 

About St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf

St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf is committed to the listening and spoken language education, spiritual and emotional growth, and personal development of children and young adults who are deaf or hard of hearing, without discrimination, reflecting the values and traditions of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf is a proud United Way Agency.    www.sjid.org.

 

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