The former Omaha Hearing School continues its mission of helping children with profound hearing loss across the state. Dr. Britt Thedinger is a board member of the Omaha Hearing School Foundation and says the organization was formed when the Omaha Hearing School closed last year. The building has been sold they provided a grant to the St. Joseph School for the Deaf in St. Louis. Through that school children in Nebraska can take advantage of their “ihear” program.
Dr. Thedinger says speech pathologists are able to work with children one-on-one on-line with skype. He says this is a big benefit to children who live in rural areas as the pathologists basically come into their own home. He says this is saving time and money for families who don’t have to make the drive from Valentine or Chappell to Omaha, Lincoln or Kearney for therapy appointments.
The “ihear” program is receiving national attention for its results. The cost of each therapy session is $35 an hour.