The Debbie School : Education & Services

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A licensed audiologist provides audiology services for our students on a regular basis. Our audiologist serves as a liaison to the University of Miami Cochlear Implant Team and collaborates with community audiologists to assist with assessment and selection of appropriate amplification for our children.

SHINE Program
The Serving Hearing Impaired Newborns Effectively (SHINE) Component of Early Steps Services provides early intervention services to families of children with hearing impairment. SHINE provides information and support and works as part of a team that provides assessment, ongoing intervention services, and evaluation of progress with the goal of meeting the unique communication and developmental needs of children who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

Transportation to and from the Debbie School is provided for children enrolled in the Early Education Program by Debbie School vans, equipped with car seats, with seating available for twelve children per van. Each van driver has a current Chauffeur’s Drivers License Class C with P (school bus) endorsement and a Metro Dade Drivers License. The van drivers and riders are certified in First Aid and CPR. During the day, the drivers and riders serve as classroom assistants. The vans are inspected twice a year and have Miami-Dade County Vehicle Inspection certificates.

Children are transported door to door or are met at a designated pick-up point.

Currently, we are able to serve the following areas:

  • Miami Beach, Little Haiti, Allapattah, and the Civic Center area.
  • Carol City, Opa Locka, and Liberty City. Children from Miami Lakes meet at a pick-up point in Carol City.
  • Northeast and Northwest Miami and northern Little Haiti.
  • Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, and Miami Springs.

Transportation to and from the Debbie School is provided for children enrolled in the Auditory/Oral Education Program by Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

A part time nurse helps to serve the health and safety needs of the students in the Early Education Program, the Infant ▪ Toddler ▪ Preschool Education Program, and the Auditory/Oral Education Program. The nurse ensures that the children learn and play in a safe environment, and addresses any medical and/or health concerns. The nurse also teaches the children about health and safety and provides staff trainings as needed.