Early Childhood Language/Literacy Center Builds Skills
Faculty and clinicians at Saint Louis University's Early Childhood Language/Literacy Center (ECLC) Clinic see firsthand on a daily basis how specialized approaches can make a difference in a preschooler's learning and development.
|Graduate clinician Amanda Hettenhausen ('09) conducts a small group activity to facilitate speech skills and awareness of sounds and letters in the context of interactive play and song.|
The ECLC is a preschool clinical program that incorporates evidence-based and developmentally appropriate innovative practices from the fields of speech-language pathology, emergent literacy and early childhood education.
The ECLC curriculum is a blend of early childhood education approaches such as those described byThe Creative Curriculum for Preschool, High/Scope and Project Construct (Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2000).
Instruction and intervention are integrated within the social-communicative rich context of a typical preschool learning environment and consistent daily routine.
Children enjoy developmentally appropriate activities and materials in language-and literacy-enriched learning centers.
The curriculum is literature-and theme-based to provide coherence for speech, language, literacy and play learning opportunities across all classroom activities and routines.
Daily activities include both small (2-3 children) and large (4-10 children) group activities as well as individualized instruction. The ratio of adults/clinicians to children is typically onr adult/clinician for every two-three children.
|ECLC includes daily literacy-and-language-enriched play settings and activities. Graduate clinician Karen Matthews ('11" facilitates the children's use of social language and pretend play skills during a dramatic play as a doctor.|
The Early Childhood Language/Literacy Center clinical program is specifically designed to support young children, ages 2.9 to 5 years, who present with developmental speech/language delays, social-communication disorders, and/or are at-risk for later reading difficulties.
The program is also an excellent language, literacy and social environment for children learning English as a second or third language.
Speech-language pathology graduate clinicians in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders provide direct services under the supervision of the ECLC director, Carol Ackerson, M.S., CCC-SLP, an assistant clinical professor as well as a state licensed and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certified speech-language pathologist,
The Early Childhood Language/Literacy Center (ECLC) Clinic, located in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University's McGannon Hall, is currently enrolling children for the fall session.
The fall program sessions are from 9:30 a.m.-Noon Tuesday-Friday, and begin Thursday, Sept. 15.
A 25 percent discount is available for preschool children of SLU faculty, staff and students.
|Children enjoy daily outdoor play on the ECLC playground.|
For more information contact Kellie Dalton at the SLU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at (314) 977-3365.