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Mama Lere – Programs and Services


  • Comprehensive Hearing Aid and Cochlear Implant Program
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Classroom acoustics that meets ANSI standards for optimal listening opportunities
  • Low student-teacher ratio
  • Curriculum based educational program that meets the TN standards
  • Typical developing peers
  • Summer program which includes siblings
  • We have contracts to provide deaf education services for: Bedford County, Cheatham County, Clay County, Coffee County, Davidson County, Franklin Special School District, Nashville Christian Academy, Smith County, Sumner County, Van Buren County, Williamson County


  • Parent Infant Program: Birth to 2 years

    This program serves children birth to 2 years and their family caregivers in both group and individual therapy sessions where family-centered instruction is provided through play techniques and strategies that promote listening and speaking. Using the child’s Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), families, teachers and therapists target listening, speech, language, communication and cognition goals. During the group times, the families and their young child(ren) will have a unique opportunity to be with other families who have young child(ren) with hearing loss. The individual sessions are diagnostic in nature to insure appropriate usage of your child(ren)’s amplification system and development of listening and speaking skills. Parents are the primary teacher of the young child and receive guidance from the therapists and teachers through practical instruction in ways to develop audition, speech, language, and cognition in each session. Collaboration between the teachers, speech-language pathologists and audiologists is an integral part of the “My Family and Me” Parent Infant Program.

  • Toddler Program: 1.5 years up to 3 years

    This program serves children who are 2 years of age in small classrooms where there is daily instruction focusing on listening, language, speech, reading and math skills, and cognition to prepare them for the preschool setting. The focus of these programs is to provide learning opportunities, which maximize the development of spoken communication through the use of the auditory system. Each group has typically developing children, if possible, to provide appropriate language models. Goals and objectives are developed through the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), which is jointly implemented by the speech-language pathologist and the parents. The goal for each child is to have a smooth transition into their preschool program.

  • MLHS: 3 to 5 years

    This program serves children from 3 to 5 years of age in small classrooms where there is daily instruction focusing on listening, language, speech, reading and math skills, and cognition. The focus of these programs is to provide learning opportunities, which maximize the development of spoken communication through the use of the auditory system. Each class has typically developing children to provide appropriate language models. Goals and objectives are developed through the Individual Education Plan (IEP), which is jointly implemented by the therapist, the classroom teacher, and the parents. The goal for each child is to return to his/her home district school as early as possible with communication and academic skills that are equal to their peers. The Preschool Programs follow the scope and sequence of the local school districts so that all children are well prepared to enter their mainstream setting.

  • Summer Program: 3 to 6 years

    Each summer, the MLHS offers families a summer enrichment program. We feel that summer is a special time of year for children and an opportunity to engage in new and different experiences. Summer programs are also designed to meet Extended School Year Services for children with IEPs.

  • Before and After Care

    The before and after care program is an extension of the child’s day here at Mama Lere Hearing School.  We will emphasize all aspects of development in an individualized setting, helping your child bridge what he/she learns at home and at school. The extended school program (ESP) uses a combination of each classroom’s curriculum and themes to plan our activities so that they coincide with classroom learning.

  • Academic Tutoring and Consultation Services: 6 to 21 years

    The focus of the academic tutoring program is on reading and math skills and to preteach important concepts to allow the child equal opportunities to participate in class discussions and learning opportunities. Each tutoring session emphasizes the development of metacognitive skills as well as auditory, speech, and language skills that are important to academic success. 

  • Step-by-Step to Transition Program

    Transition from one program to another can be a very challenging time especially when you have a child with special needs. The Mama Lere Hearing School at Vanderbilt has developed a family education program on the topic of transitioning from MLHS to their local school system. The goal of this program is to educate the families about the process of transitioning and empower them to prepare their child(ren) and the receiving school for this transition. If you are interested in participating in this activity or would like more information, please call the MLHS at (615) 936-5262.

  • Mainstream Services

    Mainstream support is determined for each child through the IEP and may include a variety of services. A Transition Plan is developed with the parents and the school district to help select an appropriate mainstream setting for each child. Some children are provided with itinerant services from staff members of the MLHS in their local school. This type of support would offer preteaching of concepts and vocabulary, in class support, and individual therapy. The MLHS staff person also can provide in-service to the mainstream teachers and on-going communication with all staff and parents. 


  • Assessments

    Each child undergoes an assessment prior to admission into the Mama Lere Hearing School at Vanderbilt. This assessment includes hearing, speech, language, and developmental screenings. The information gathered at this time will be shared with the family and be used to help determine if our listening and spoken language educational program is an appropriate match for you and your child.

    Throughout the year, the teachers, speech-language pathologists and audiologists monitor your child’s developmental achievements and share this information with you. Using the assessments, family observations and teachers’ observations, a developmental report card will be completed and reviewed every nine weeks during the school year based on the TN State Early Childhood or Kindergarten standards. This report card will provide a developmental picture of your child, relative to typical developmental norms. A child’s development is not a race, but an individual journey and we serve as the tour guide.

    For families seeking a customized, comprehensive evaluation for their child, the Mama Lere Hearing School at Vanderbilt can also provide these services to answer your specific questions about your child's strengths and areas of concerns. Families from all over the world travel to Vanderbilt to seek our expert guidance of audiological, speech-language and educational needs.

    To schedule a comprehensive assessment, please contact the Mama Lere Hearing School.

  • Speech-Language-Listening and Cochlear Implant Therapies

    Depending on the child’s IFSP/IEP and needs of the child, speech-language services may be recommended. Your child’s treatment plan will have both long- and short-term goals focusing on audition, language, speech, communication and cognition. The amount of speech-language intervention depends on the child’s need. Regardless how often your child receives his or her services, it is critical that the family participate in the on-going therapeutic treatment of his or her child. Once-a-week therapy will not teach your child to develop listening and spoken language; however, during your individualized therapy session, the therapist will work with you to enable you to carry over appropriate auditory enriched activities to stimulate your child’s auditory system in his or her natural environment. The family plays a very important role in teaching a child to listen and talk. Our goal is to give you the tools that you can use everyday with your child as you both discover the world of sounds and to develop conversational skills. 

  • Audiological Care including: Cochlear Implants, Hearing Aids and FM Systems

    Hearing aids, cochlear implants and other technology play an important role in making sounds accessible to children who are learning to listen and talk. The Mama Lere Hearing School classrooms were designed by audiologists to meet classroom standards for children with hearing loss. Furthermore, each classroom is equipped with a sound field FM system to ensure equal access to the teacher’s instruction during the academic day. An educational audiologist is available to troubleshoot any amplification equipment during the day as needed. In addition, the pediatric hearing clinic offers outpatient audiological services for all ages which includes diagnostics, hearing aids, cochlear implant services, assistive technologies and audiological habilitative evaluations to monitor progress with amplification.

    Learn more about our hearing services.

  • Social Work Support
  • Community Programs