Let’s Talk: Ages 2-5

Let’s Talk about speech and language. The human brain is programmed to learn foundational language skills during the first six years of life- the first three being the most critical. Speech and language skills acquisition becomes more challenging after age 6. For children who fall behind in this area, early intervention is crucial to their home life, their development socially and academically, and ultimately, their independence.

The Let’s Talk program at Seahorse Institute provides this vital boost in language ability to help young children of all developmental levels thrive. Let’s Talk is an inclusive program that builds competency in all areas of development through a rich variety of activities and experiences within a language-based environment. We evaluate strengths and areas for improvement to formulate speech and language goals, and infuse these goals into an individualized curriculum with activities unique to each student. Let’s Talk is for children ages 2 to 5 who:

  • Need further development in receptive or expressive speech and language skills.
  • Would benefit from an early intervention to reach his or her full potential.
  • Can eventually attend regular school as reflective in other skill areas.

We carefully frame an Individual Education Plan (IEP) outlining learning expectations for your child. This plan is coordinated by the lead teacher in consultation with the parents or guardians and the speech and language pathologist. The lead teacher spends time one-on-one with him or her to work on individual goals. These goals are data-driven, recorded, and plotted throughout the day to monitor progress. Each day the individual reports are sent home and progress meetings are held quarterly to review the IEP based on ongoing assessments and evaluation.

Schedule: 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM, five days a week
Staff: one lead teacher plus teacher’s aides
Maximum teacher-student ratio: 1:3

What is inclusion and why is it important?
Inclusion is the practice of educating children with special needs in a classroom setting and involving them with everyday activities of their typically-developing peers.

Inclusion helps to foster a role of leadership and positive peer encouragement. It is beneficial in the preschool environment as it models diversity and compassion, teaches that everyone has strengths and weaknesses, and embraces the meaning of true friendship.