Communication Philosophy

The Nacogdoches Regional Day School Program for the Deaf believes that learning occurs most effectively in the student’s primary language, and concepts learned in the primary language transfer readily to second language instruction. We believe that optimal access to all communication is vital to a student’s academic and social development. 

Our program uses a Total Communication philosophy. This philosophy incorporates all means of communication; formal signs, natural gestures, fingerspelling, body language, listening, lipreading and speech. The goal is to optimize language development in the most effective way for each individual student.  We are fully committed to ensuring that our students reach their maximum potential in American Sign Language and English, while supporting their individual communication needs.