Audiology Department provides a full range of audiological services to
our students, including hearing evaluation and hearing aid fitting and
repair. The Audiology Department also works with AIDB’s schools as well
as schools around the state to recommend appropriate classroom sound
field systems and personal FM systems.
The Health Center is open and staffed by registered and licensed
practical nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week when school is in
session. The health center is equipped to handle 17 in-patients with a
physician or making rounds every morning and always on call for
emergencies. Our nursing staff is in constant contact with
parents/guardians to update them on the condition of their child and
possible treatment options. The nursing staff also dispenses medicine
prescribed by the students’ doctor at home and can assist with yearly
Medicaid physicals. Also as a component of the primary care unit, our
residential students receive dental services. Our fully-functional
dental office provides cleanings, extractions and other services.
Our low vision department offers clinics, assessments and technical
assistance, including getting prescriptions for eyeglasses filled. The
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry sends advanced
students to conduct clinics at regularly scheduled times. They confer
with their supervising optometrists to develop vision management plans
for each student. A digital video imaging system allows the transmission
of eye images directly to the office of consulting physicians, so
students don't even have to leave campus. We also have a consulting
ophthalmologist who comes three times a year in conjunction with UAB
School of Optometry to follow those students with glaucoma.
The UAB School of Optometry has provided AIDB with the most
up-to-date equipment available, and their expertise is unmatched by any
other institution in the region. Click here for more information about UAB School of Optometry.
Health and Clinical Services is concerned with the total health of
our students, not just their hearing and vision. That’s why if
necessary, we provide students with occupational therapy, physical
therapy and access to trained psychologists and counselors.
The Psychology Department is available to provide counseling for
students. The Psychology Department offers both group and individual
counseling services. Our therapists and counselors work hand-in-hand
with teachers, job coaches, vocational rehabilitation staff and families
to find the approach that best accommodates a child’s needs. The
Psychology Department helps students deal with numerous issues
including; conflict resolution, independent living and behavorial
Occupational and Physical Therapy
Our occupational therapist help students with basic school
occupations such as; getting dressed, sitting at a table to eat,
navigating through buildings and sitting upright to copying notes.
AIDB believes in helping students live the most independent life as
possible, regardless of disability. With that in mind our Occupational
Therapy Department offers feeding class for students who have difficulty
feeding themselves. These classes teach students how to feed themselves
without the aid of a teacher, nurse or caregiver.
Our physical therapist and physical therapy assistants help students
develop general strength and endurance. Our therapists use many
different techniques and tools to help our students develop these skills
including; hippotherapy in our Marianna Greene Henry Special Equestrian
Center. Through hippotherapy children learn better balance and posture,
as well as strengthen back, neck and leg muscles. The equestrian
center operates under the guidelines set by the North American Riding
for the Handicapped Association.
Located on the campus of the Helen Keller School, the Hackney Play
Therapy Center is also a center for smiles and laughter. It is notable
for its brightly colored walls, soft padding on the floors, cheerful
blue, purple, and pink equipment. But this is no ordinary physical
therapy equipment. There are slides and tunnels, an ocean of plastic
balls to sift and wade through -- a playground with very serious
purpose.Children learn different ways of moving through the play system;
they learn directionality: up, down, sideways, left, right. They also
learn listening skills, either verbal or through signing. And every
minute spent in play is time spent strengthening muscles.