Family School

In our birth-to-three program we provide: 

-  Individual Family Sessions
-  Direct Child Service
-  Support  Groups
-  Educational Meetings
-  Toddler Classes

In our individual sessions, we provide information and support to parents. We help them learn how to help their child learn to talk. We also invite other family members and caretakers who have routine contact with the child to come and learn with us. We offer in-home, center-based services and distance learning services.

In our support groups, parents discuss their concerns and challenges and help each other reach solutions. Our experienced staff members facilitate these meetings. As we listen to parents, we learn from them and they learn from each other. This is a time for sharing opinions and feelings as well as sharing experiences.

In our weekly educational meetings, the focus is on information about hearing loss, language development, cochlear implants, and child development. We discuss strategies, techniques, and activities for helping children learn to talk. These weekly meetings are good times for parents to ask questions and share practical ideas for raising a child with a hearing loss.

Our Toddler Class Program has two main components: individual sessions and group experiences. This combination provides the child with opportunities to use new vocabulary, concepts, and ideas in a variety of learning environments. For two-year-olds, individual instruction is effective for working on "stretch" skills and allows us to adapt the pacing of activities and the focus of instruction to fit each child's style and rate of learning. While individual sessions provide an opportunity to introduce new language and vocabulary, the classroom provides opportunities for communication in the context of play activities. We have the highly energetic teachers that it takes to keep up with these very active toddlers.

We know that the more a child hears, the quicker and better he will talk. The Moog Center has four pediatric audiologists on staff. Their experience and talent in working with infants and toddlers is a major factor in our children learning faster and talking better. Our audiologists are skilled in fitting all types of hearing aids and programming cochlear implants, even on children a year old or younger. They are on site so they are immediately available for trouble shooting whatever devices the children are wearing. For children with hearing loss, getting access to sound through well fitted hearing aids and cochlear implants has a huge impact on their learning.

For information about our parent infant program, contact Betsy Moog Brooks at
(314) 692-7172 ext. 204 or bbrooks@moogcenter.org.