Children 3-5 years of age with an identified disability and need for special education services may receive services in one of the following options, dependent upon the unique needs of the child. All of these services are provided at the Early Childhood School.
Walk-In Speech Therapy Services
This service is for children who have articulation, moderate syntax, voice or fluency delays. Therapy is delivered in a small group setting (1-4 students). The child typically attends 1-2 times per week for 30 minutes. The curriculum is IEP driven.
Preschool Language Class
This service is for children who are able to indicate wants & needs with some degree of expressive verbal ability, such as producing simple rote phrases or combining one noun with either a modifier (more cookie or cookie gone), verb (want cookie) or another noun (Mom cookie). The children may have receptive language delays, though appears to have developmentally appropriate motor, cognitive, self-help, social and behavioral skills.
Preschool Speech Class
This service is for children who exhibit severe phonological delay (multiple phonological processes to be addressed). Phonological processing difficulties may be impacting expressive language skills, as well. Receptive language skills are intact, and these children appear to have developmentally appropriate motor, cognitive, self-help, social and behavioral skills.
Preschool Fluency Intervention Group
This service is a speech therapy setting that address speech dysfluencies and related concerns/risk factors for preschool-aged children.
This setting is for children who need a classroom based program that focuses on speech/language, motor & pre-academic development, as well as daily living skills. These classrooms may be integrated with pre-kindergarten classes in order to provide a fully included environment, or a child may spend some time in both special education & pre-kindergarten classrooms. Some students may spend their full amount of instructional time in a special education classroom. The amount of time in a special education setting is determined by the ARD / IEP committee. These services are provided at the Early Childhood School.
Structured Learning Classes and Active Learning Classes are often provided at the preschool level.