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West Virginia Schools For The Deaf and the Blind

Child Study Center

 
 
The Child Study Center provides services to the students attending the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind as well as other students from West Virginia in the surrounding counties. We also serve outside patients as time permits and by appointment only.
Services Provided
Child Study Center

Audiological services:
Our Doctor of Audiology provides services to any student enrolled at WVSDB who requires audiology services, as well as to deaf and hard-of-hearing children throughout the state of WV, time permitting. Services provided include:
  • Hearing evaluations
  • Hearing aid evaluations, recommendations, fittings, adjustments, cleanings, troubleshooting & repairs
  • Speech processor cleanings, troubleshooting & repairs
  • FM technology recommendations, fittings, adjustments, cleanings, troubleshooting & repairs
  • Cochlear implant aural (re)habilitation
  • Teacher/staff in-service regarding hearing loss, its impact on a child’s development and education, and the needs of the deaf/hoh child in the classroom setting

Ophthalmology services:
A doctor of ophthalmology from the WVU Eye Institute is contracted by WVSDB to perform examinations for our students who require ophthalmology services.

The Child Study Center also hosts other clinics in their facility:Children with Special Health Care Needs

The Children with Special Health Care Needs program advances the health and well-being of children and youth with certain chronic, debilitating conditions by providing specialized medical care and care coordination services to children under 21 years of age who meet financial and medical eligibility criteria. The following clinics are held in the Child Study Center at WVSDB:
  • ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat)
  • Orthopedic
  • Nutrition

RESA VIII Audiology Clinics
Services are provided free of charge to any child in Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, or Pendleton Counties. The RESA 8 Audiology Clinic is funded by the county school systems; therefore, all referrals must come from a school-based source (e.g. public school, WVBTT, or Head Start). Services include:
  • Complete hearing evaluations (Birth through High School graduation)
  • Central Auditory Processing Testing (ages 6-18)
  • Testing for Auditory Attention (ages 6-12)
  • Hearing aid checks
  • Classroom in-service for children with hearing issues
Dr. Melanie Ashworth

Dr. Ashworth received her bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and audiology in May 1991, her master's degree in audiology in December 1991, and her clinical doctorate in audiology in August of 2007. She became the staff audiologist at West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in March 1992. She has provided pediatric and educational audiology services to deaf & hard-of-hearing children, their families, and their educators/service providers for 28 years.  She is nationally certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds an audiology license through the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (WVBESLPA). She has served on the Executive Boards of both the West Virginia Speech-Language Hearing Association (WVSHA) and the West Virginia Audiology Association (WVAA), and is currently serving as the Educational Audiology Association's West Virginia state representative.   

 
Melanie S. Ashworth, AuD, CCC-A
 
 304-822-4834