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​Orange County Regional 
​​Oral Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

600 W. La Palma Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92801 ​

​Office: 714-796-8900​
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The Oral Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) program is a regional program located in the city of Anaheim. Our classrooms are located on the Horace Mann Elementary School campus which is a general education program operated by the Anaheim Elementary School District.  We also offer a preschool Oral DHH Program located at Knott Early Learning Center in Buena Park. Our classes are taught by teachers and therapists with auditory-oral and child development training and experience.

The Oral Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program utilizes an auditory-oral approach and serves students from preschool to 6th grade.  Communication is taught through the development of listening skills, expressive and receptive language skills and the development of oral speech. 

Students are instructed in a special day class on a general education campus. Some students also participate with general education peers in a mainstream setting for a portion of the day. When mainstreaming into general education classes, students are accompanied by a support staff to assist with instruction as well as observe monitor, and record the student’s academic performance and behavior. 

The auditory-oral approach teaches children to use hearing and speech to develop spoken language for communication and learning. Signs are not used in this approach; however, natural gestures that are used in typical conversation are included. The goal is for children to enter the mainstream after they have time to strengthen their language, social and cognitive development in an auditory-oral program. Professionals work closely with families to help them use whatever hearing technology is appropriate for the child.