Therapeutic program for preschool-aged children who have speech and language delays
The Carruth Center's Language Development Class is developed for children from 24-42 months of age and is led by a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist with support from 1-2 paraprofessionals. Therapy is provided in a small group setting with class sizes limited to 6 students.
The goal of the Language Development Class is to improve the child's skills and abilities through the use of developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory, play-based activities.
Therapy is focused on helping the child in the following areas:
- Receptive and expressive language
- Social and play skills
- Gross and fine motor skills
- Self help
- Sensory processing
- 30 minutes of sensorimotor lab per session guided by licensed occupational therapists
- 30-minute music lesson once a week led by music therapist.
- Parents are given the opportunity to observe their child in the classroom and daily feedback is provided by the speech-language pathologist. Collaboration with parents takes place on a regular basis and is a key component to facilitating carryover of skills learned in the classroom.
- Meetings with parents conducted at the end of each semester include written reports providing progress toward classroom goals and the child's level of skills.
Classes meet twice a week (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) from 9:30 a.m. - noon.
Three sessions are held per year:
- Fall (August - December)
- Spring (January - May)
- Summer (June - July)
Contact Virginia Dietz for more info.