Communication Preschool

Communication Preschool staff

 Sarah Barrett, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Sharon Jordens, Speech Language Patholoigst


Jan Knight, Educational Interpeter
DavidAssistant Volk, Educational 

Program Description

Early Education programming supports children with communication delays/difficulties by building important communication skills and readiness behaviours before Kindergarten.

Goals

  • Develop speech, language and motor skills
  • Learn to share, co-operate, be responsible, problem-solve, express themselves and make decisions
  • Develop positive attitudes toward learning
  • Develop a sense of confidence and self-esteem
  • Develop independence

Benefits

  • Language centered/themed-based environment
  • Children to build social competencies through interactions that support social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual development
  • Improved ability to socialize and play with others
  • Increased competence and confidence communicating and interacting in a variety of situations
  • Families, through encouragement and guidance, gain greater understanding and knowledge of how their children learn and how best to support them
  • Increased opportunities to interact with deaf community members and socialize with other deaf students
  • Increased comfort interacting with other children and families from a variety of backgrounds and cultures

Eligibility  

  • Children who are deaf or hard of hearing, children who have speech difficulties due to cleft palate or children with diagnosis of Apraxia of Speech; and who are at least 3 years old as of September 1.
  • Documentation of diagnosis (Audiogram, Apraxia) is provided before acceptance.
  • Receptive Language is age appropriate (Cleft Palate & Apraxia).
  • Behavioural issues – if any, are related to expressive language delay.

Program delivery

  • Half-day classes scheduled five days per week (A.M. & P.M. classes)
  • Access to a collaborative team model consisting of a Teacher, Educational Assistant and Educational Interpreter on a daily basis and a Speech Language Pathologist twice a week.
  • Instruction with American Sign Language (ASL
  • Organized activities within a play-based learning environment
  • Flexible instruction based on students’ needs and interests
  • SLP provides formal Speech and Language therapy twice a week. –  Targeted strategies taught and implemented to support students’ learning and individual speech and language goals
  • Speech and Language Home Program provided for each student
  • Parent observation of speech lessons at least four times a year
  • Speech program completed with student by Educational Assistant 3 days a week.
  • Supports such as occupational therapy and school family liaison services available
  • Smaller classes (maximum 6 students) for more targeted support on Mondays and Fridays
  • Six Neighbourhood children with advanced, adult-like speech and language are invited 3 days a week as models.

Saskatchewan curriculum                                                 

The curriculums used for the Communication Preschool program are:

Reference to:

  • Play and Exploration: Early Learning Program Guide (2008)
  • Sunshine Cottage School for the Deaf Language Adventure Curriculum for Preschool

Transportation

Curb service busing is provided at no cost for students where an assigned driver will pick up and drop off students

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