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Using the S.C.A.L.E.S. Model to Examine Complex Cases

​Communication assessments and educational planning are complex processes when working with young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This course will highlight the fundamentals of assessment with a focus on using the S.C.A.L.E.S. model as a framework for creating comprehensive intervention and educational plans. The S.C.A.L.E.S. model addresses the following areas of development: Social-emotional, Cognitive/Curriculum, Auditory, Language, Extras (motor, vision, attention, etc.), and Speech. Tools will be introduced and demonstrated to enhance auditory practices with children who use sign and spoken language. Communication continuums will be used to describe aspects of a child’s preferred receptive and expressive communication methods across environments and translated into a communication plan. Participants will have opportunities to observe a variety of children with a focus on complex cases.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe each portion of the S.C.A.L.E.S. model.
  2. Use the communication continuums to describe a child’s communication performance.
  3. Describe auditory learning strategies that can be used in the classroom and individual instruction.


Catherine C. Carotta, Ed.D. CCC-SLP


Agency License: $2,500

For more information or to register contact Teresa McEvoy at (402) 452-5042 or