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Summer Tips (2mb pdf)  on Swimmer's Ear / It Got Wet! / Summer Care of Devices

Children living in the state of North Dakota who have been professionally identified as deaf or hard of hearing may be eligible for services through the North Dakota School for the Deaf School-Age Outreach Program upon request.  All services can be requested by parents, guardians, local educational agencies, or other service and medical providers and are provided at no cost.

North Dakota School for the Deaf School-Aged Outreach Department provides school-based services for children who are receiving educational services through any school program and are designed to support school professionals who work with students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Qualified Teachers of the Deaf skilled in the areas of academics, language, speech and auditory skills can provide assistance to schools or agency teams in determining the areas of need for deaf and hard of hearing students. 

Outreach services include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Professional Consultation

    • Classroom observation
    • Demonstration/modeling of instructional strategies
    • IEP meeting attendance
  • Training

    • Parent workshops
    • Professional development courses in education of students who are deaf/hard of hearing
    • Individualized parent/family training
    • Individualized inservice training for school/agency staff
    • Presentations at local, regional and state events
  • Comprehensive Assessment Services

    • Development of an assessment plan
    • Assessment available in the areas of Audiology, speech and auditory skills, language and communication, academic skills, cognitive ability,  social-emotional development and vocational skills
    • Recommendations regarding program and design based on assessment results
  • Assistance with Transitioning from High School

    • Assistive Technology
    • Career Exploration
    • Transitions unique for people with hearing loss
  • Sign Language Assistance

    • One on one skype sessions
    • Community classes
  • Annual Events

    • Summer Camp
      • In June of 1987, the North Dakota School for the Deaf established a summer camp program.  Its goal is to give children with a hearing loss from throughout North Dakota an opportunity to participate in an assortment of activities with old friends and new.  Since 1987, NDSD Summer Camp continues to provide a wide range of educational and recreational experiences.  Campers will participate in a variety of typical camping activities such as swimming, canoeing/kayaking, arts and crafts, horseback riding, climbing, lawn games and more!
      • Communication philosophy:  ALL methods of communication, appropriate to the needs of the individual camper are used by the camp staff to ensure understanding.  These methods include:  speech, writing, and sign language.
      • Camp staff includes dedicated and enthusiastic adults, including those who are deaf and hard of hearing, who are experienced with camping. Camp involves about one counselor for every three to five campers and is overseen by a camp director.
    • Family Learning Vacation
    • Deaf Awareness Week Activities
    • Optimists Communications Contest for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    • Teen Days
    • Regional Family Events

Resource on Hearing Loss: NDSD/RCDHH  (772kb pdf):   Information detailing NDSD responsibilities in serving the citizens of North Dakota.  Excellent resource list suggested age appropriate toys and the benefits they provide to your child.

Language Experience Book (717kb pdf) Adapted from Topic 20 of SKI*HI's Communication Interactions

Contact Information:


Carol Lybeck, Coordinator              Denise Marback                                 
701-665-4411                                     701-665-4420                                               
1401 College Drive N.                       1401 College Drive N.                       
Devils Lake, ND 58301                    Devils Lake, ND 58301                    
Linda Ehlers                                          Ashley Martin 
701-239-7374                                     701-239-7375             
1321 S. 23rd St.                                     1321 S. 23rd St.                        
Fargo, ND 58103                                 Fargo, ND 58103
Nicole Swartwout
Memorial Hall
500 University Avenue West
Minot, ND 58707      
Lana Zimbelman
701-328-3987 (Bsk) / 701-442-5052 (Underwood)     /  PO Box 100
418 East Broadway, Ste. 228      123 Summit St.
Bismarck, ND 58501                    Underwood, ND 58576