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Preschool Language Program

Language skills are essential, and some children struggle due to language delay or disorder. Children in our area with speech and language issues need assistance that until now has not been available in Lufkin. Speech and language impairment is defined as a communication disorder that adversely affects a child’s ability to talk, understand, read and write. Our program helps these children and their parents find the therapy and support they need to improve their language skills and succeed in school. 

Language-enriched preschool classrooms are divided into ages 3-4 and 4-5 year olds. Each class is led by Speech Language Pathologists-CCC. Academic curriculum common to mainstream preschools are followed, but approached with an eye to language and communication. Speech-language pathologists plan and implement individual therapy care plans for each child that encourages growth of essential developmental skills. 

Students  receive approximately 15 hours of group speech and language therapy per week.  The small professional to student ratio promotes individualized learning in a group environment so each student can learn at his or her own comfort level while simultaneously being encouraged by peer modeling.

Language classrooms separately engage in classroom studies for an enriched language environment, but merge with mainstream peer groups for other activities such as daily activities, learning excursions, recess and lunch to ensure appropriate peer modeling. 


Evaluation

Children ages 3-5 years old are evaluated for enrollment in the language program. Students need not have been diagnosed with a language disorder, but must be evaluated for acceptance by an SLP-CCC to determine whether services are needed. Accepted students must demonstrate an ability to learn academically and improve language skills when taught with appropriate methods by the SLP-CCC. Due to the merging and inclusion of the program students with the mainstream population of students for activities, the program can currently only consider for enrollment those students with language disorders who do not have primary and prevalent behavioral and social disorders or delays. Applying is easy using our Online Application as it simplifies submission and provides parents a tool for tracking online the status of their admission after their application has been submitted. 


Request More Information

Should you desire more information than is available on our website, please contact our Preschool Language Program Coordinator,  Amber Miller, at mill-a@saintcyprians.org