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Suzanne Lynah

Counseling, Speech, and Audiological
Services Supervisor

Martha Harrison

Office Technician

(951) 824-8003 VP

Counseling Services

The goal of the Counseling Services department is to provide on-site school counseling services for students, their families, and/or significant others. This involves assistance with resolving personal/interpersonal issues which interfere with students' functioning at their full potential at CSDR. The Counseling department utilizes a community-based approach offering classroom and cottage intervention/consultation to students, staff, parents/families, and involved stakeholders. Counseling Services department also provides information about community resources, and makes referrals when appropriate.

Counseling Services staff include Master's level School Counselors, School Social Workers, and a Parent Education Specialist. All Counseling staff incorporate the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Code of Ethics in their work. Staff are fluent in sign language and have many years of experience assessing and counseling deaf/hard of hearing persons of all ages.

Functional Speech Services

Students attend the California School for the Deaf, Riverside (CSDR) because it has been determined that they require instruction to be provided in American Sign Language. At CSDR, instruction is presented through American Sign Language (ASL), a visual/conceptual language without a spoken component, and the printed form of English. It is the goal of the Speech Department at CSDR to support the ASL-based instruction provided to students. Because CSDR is an ASL environment, speech services focus on skills and strategies that will facilitate positive interactions with non-signing individuals rather than the traditional speech therapy approach that focuses on precise articulation of individual sounds and words. Speech services offered at CSDR may include:

  • Speech reading
  • Intelligibility training
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Auditory perceptual skill training
  • Functional/situation based conversation training

Audiological Services

The audiology program provides diagnostic and rehabilitative services to students and staff. Testing includes complete audiograms, and when appropriate, an assessment of middle ear function and hearing aid benefit. The audiologist assists students and staff with the process of obtaining assistive devices and supplemental services by confirming or providing proof of deafness to outside agencies. Rehabilitative services include initial cochlear implant auditory therapy, rehabilitative consultation regarding environmental enhancement or potential benefit from the use of auditory devices, and minimal in-house hearing aid maintenance.

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Youlandean Johnson

Health Services Supervisor

(951) 248-7700 x6571


Health Services

The CSDR Health Services Department is open twenty-four hours a day from Sunday night at 6:30 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. on Friday. There is a registered nurse on duty at all times.

Health Services' emphasis is on first aid and short-term care, with the goal of returning students to the classroom or cottage as quickly as possible. Residential students are provided more extended services beyond school hours as deemed necessary.

CSDR’s school physician provides medical coverage for the nursing staff to utilize his standing orders for all nursing care. He also provides direct services as needed to CSDR students. Emergency care is arranged at a local hospital for all students should it be necessary.

Students may be sent home if deemed necessary by the nurse/physician. Some of the conditions that students may be sent home for include nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, severe cough, respiratory distress and rash of unknown origin, severe sore throat or difficulty swallowing, pink eye, areas of skin with yellow crusty and areas that cannot be covered.

Students suspected or diagnosed with having an infectious or communicable disease may be excluded from school until treated. A physician's note may be required for students returning to school for readmission after a communicable or serious illness. If the student is prescribed an antibiotic, the student must receive this medication for twenty-four hours before returning to school. If the student has had an elevated temperature, he/she should not return to school until their temperature has returned to normal for at least twenty-four hours.

The Health Services Department may initially care for students' illnesses and/or injuries at school, however, the final health care responsibility remains with the students’ parents or guardians and their private physicians. Health Services will notify parent or guardian when their child is treated for medical problems or injuries; however, exceptions to notification may include complaints and/or treatment of minor scrapes, occasional headaches, low-grade fever, or colds, etc.

The CSDR Authorization for Medical Treatment form must be completed prior to admission at the beginning of each school year. This form authorizes the Health Services staff to provide or arrange for any medical care the student may require at school. Each student must have a signed pass to go to Health Services and each student will return to their area with a signed pass from the nursing staff.

Health Insurance

It is important that current insurance information be submitted to Health Services. If a student is eligible for Medical, the number and issue date of the card must be provided. All information will be on file if needed for medical care and services. Parents and guardians are responsible for all student medical bills.

Please feel free to contact the Health Services Department should you have any questions regarding Health Insurance.


Health Services staff and authorized school staff administer all medication, as ordered by the student's doctor. NO MEDICATIONS (prescribed or over the counter) are to be kept by the students in their rooms or on their person (including day students). Medications and vitamins can only be given to students if a written physician's order (authorization) has been received from your family physician.

Medication must be received in the original prescription container and properly labeled with the correct name and directions. Regularly scheduled medications will be dispensed after meals, after school, and 8 P.M. A weekly medication list is sent to residential and classroom staff indicating the times students are needed for medication dispensation.

For students in the 7th grade and higher, asthma inhalers may be kept in the student's possession. Completion of an authorization procedure, which includes the signatures of the student's physician, parent/guardian, and school principal is required before the student will be allowed to keep the inhaler. It is the parent’s/guardian's responsibility to monitor the student's inhaler for refill purposes.

Please feel free to contact the Health Services Department should you have any questions.

Nutrition Services

The CSDR Nutrition Services participates in the National School Lunch & Breakfast programs. School meals & snacks are provided to CSDR students every school day at no charge. The meal programs are supported by Federal and State funds via meal applications submitted by parents for each student attending the school. Meal application forms and instructions are mailed home and provided in the links below. As part of the National School Lunch & Breakfast programs, CSDR is committed to providing safe & healthy school environments for students & staff following CSD Riverside's school wellness policy Opens in a new window or tab..

Letter to Parents (PDF)
Letter to Parents (Español) (PDF)
Meal Application Instructions (PDF)
Meal Application Instructions (Español) (PDF)
Meal Application (PDF)
Meal Application (Español) (PDF)

Weekly Meal Menus

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: Filing a Program Discrimination Compliant as a USDA Customer, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

  2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

  3. Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement (español)

Esta frase es en español.

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

  1. Correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

  2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; o

  3. Correo electrónico:

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.