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Speech-Language Group for Preschoolers

What is Preschool Group?

It is a program for children learning to communicate and develop language. We offer a framework that focuses on learning language skills through literacy and play, and facilitating communication with other children.

When does it meet?

The group meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.

What is the cost?

The cost is $25.00 per session.

What is the focus of the program?

The focus is on developing the foundation for kindergarten common core standards including speaking and listening, expressing functional needs and wants, participating in conversations, asking and answering questions, expressing thoughts and ideas clearly, language-grammar, comprehension, vocabulary acquisition and use, concepts, early literacy-phonemic awareness, alphabet knowledge, blending, emerging spelling, social-cooperative peer play, participation in groups, and early math skills.

What activities do we do?

The children engage in a variety of preschool activities based on literacy and language themes. The difference between our preschool group and others is the low child to adult ratio and the specific focus on parent training and speech and language development during activities, such as circle time, music, pre-literacy skills, structured pretend play and drama, motor play, arts and crafts, and snack time.

Who are the instructors?

Under the supervision of experienced speech-language pathologists, master’s speech-language pathology students work with children in group, individual, or combined sessions.

Mary Hartley, M.A., CCC-SLP, Clinic Instructor

Mary has extensive experience in working with young children with language disorders, Autism, and those who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Mary also has extensive experience working with moderate to severe speech disorders in children.

Who is eligible?

  • Children ages 3-5 years
  • Children learning English as a second language
  • Children with speech-language impairment or delay, developmental delay, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. We also include typically developing sibling and peer models.

Where can I get more information or enroll?

UNM Speech-Language-Hearing Center

Phone: (505) 277-4453