During the summer session, we offer a condensed version of the supplementary LEAP program.
The Language Enrichment and Acquisition Program is a language program for children ages 2 ½ – 5 years of age. Speech-language therapists integrate speech and language intervention with play and everyday activities. LEAP is for both typically developing children and children with speech and language impairments. Language impairments can include problems with pronunciation, syntax, sentence construction or using an inappropriate voice to communicate.
Children are better able to achieve their individual goals because LEAP is led by speech-language therapists (and assisted by other specialists) who are trained in speech and language development, cognitive enhancement, and other aspects of neurodevelopment. Whether your child is typically developing or speech and language delayed, LEAP provides an atmosphere that every child can only benefit from.
The curriculum is structured to encourage the children to talk to each other and to their therapists as they move from one activity to the next. Activities include structured free play, sharing, stories and music, and snacks. Weekly themes are used as a basis to plan activities. Speech and language intervention is integrated into all of the daily activities of the program for the children with speech and language impairments. Here at LEAP, children will learn to think about thinking. The program promotes a strong foundation for learning to read and write and for later academic success.
The children greet each other and tell the group something about their day. Orientation about the child’s environment is discussed using props like the weather bear and giant calendar. Explanation of theme and corresponding materials are presented. Children have an opportunity to present a “show-and-tell” item to the group. Each child holds the floor for 2-3 minutes as child-child interactions and conversational turn taking are facilitated.
Large motor activities facilitate full body activity including outside play, exercises, games with movement, etc. Children will be interacting with each other, based on direction from adults (therapists); large group or small group activities are planned to encourage child-child/child-adult interactions.
Different activities at each play center revolve around a theme. Play centers include activities focused on art, dramatic play, books, and sensory integration. Children have an opportunity to choose their desired play center for the day. At this time therapists have opportunities to provide one-on-one speech and language facilitation for the children.
Please contact our office at 480-219-3953 for additional information on pricing, session dates/times and more. We look forward to having a super time this summer!