LEAP (Language-Learning Early Advantage Program)

0100 LeFrak Hall, 7251 Preinkert Dr., College Park, MD 20742
hesp-leapadmin@umd.edu | LEAP.umd.edu | 301-405-4218

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day / part time
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Speech therapy preschool; Universal Design for Learning; phonological awareness intervention
  • Secular

Profile: LEAP is a specialized program that is designed to support the development communication and pre-literacy skills for children aged 3–5 years who have communication delays. Our program is focused on providing intensive instruction across communication domains. All of our clients are provided with detailed individualized treatment plans that take into consideration each individuals’ specific areas of need. We provide both pull-out and push-in treatment sessions to help develop these skills.

Oral language is emphasized through the use of literature-based themes. Books and multi-sensory activities provide the fuel for oral narration. Student clinicians provide appropriate verbal scaffolding to assist children with verbal formulation in activities including storytelling and dramatic play. Cognitive skills are emphasized through concept development underlying vocabulary using multi-sensory games and activities along with literature. Experiential learning through frequent field trips and outdoor excursions facilitates generalization of skills. Finally, sensory-motor skills are emphasized through fine and gross motor activities paired with music and language concepts.

Class offerings:

  • Fall semester: ~12 weeks, mid-Sept. through mid-Dec.
  • Spring semester: ~12 weeks, early Feb. through mid-May
  • Summer session: 5 ½ weeks, early June through mid-July
  • Class times:
    • Morning session: M/W/F, 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    • Afternoon session: M/W/F, 1–4:15 p.m.

Openings for 2019–2020: Yes

Openings for 2020–2021: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 3 years old

Due date for enrollment applications: April, with late enrollment and waitlist options

Last updated: Sept. 10, 2019

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