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THE CHILD LANGUAGE CENTER INC

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Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our mission is to benefit children with speech and language disorders through specialized early intervention programs, research to improve language learning, and professional training that links research to clinical practice.

Programs: Our programs are designed to help young children 2 5 years of age develop speech, language, and pre-literacy skills necessary to participate confidently and successfully in family, social, and academic activities. Speech and language therapy is available for children who can benefit from these services. Wings on words (wow): our full-day program provides an enriched, language-based curriculum for young children ages 2-5. Wow aims to equip children with a strong foundation for learning. Because oral language skills are central to future success in reading, writing, self-esteem, and building relationships, wow's curriculum emphasizes oral language development. In addition to language-based classroom curriculum, students are provided with speech and language therapy as needed. Weekly lesson plans at wow are centered around themes that encourage children to learn about themselves, their families, their communities, and their world in visual, tactile, and auditory ways. Teachers form personal relationships with the children in their classrooms. Knowing the individual strengths and weaknesses of each child allows teachers to employ teaching techniques and learning activities that will best help that child grow. Wings on words summer day camp: this intensive five-week camp is designed to boost young children's speech and language development during the summer months when most educational programs are closed. Its exciting and innovative program includes individualized speech and language therapy for children with speech or language delays. Instead of losing valuable instructional time in the summer, children enrolled in camp make impressive gains in speech, language, and pre-academic skills and have great fun in the process! The staff includes experienced, certified teachers and speech-language pathologists. University students training to be clinicians or teachers permit us to provide a low (1:4) staff-to-child ratio. Children's speech-language clinic: speech-language pathologists provide intake evaluations for children interested in attending any of wings on words programs. These clinicians also provide speech and language therapy for children with delays in this area that is integrated into a child's preschool or toddleru experiences. Screening includes a brief evaluation of a child's speech and language skills to determine if a more in-depth evaluation should be completed. A hearing screening is part of the assessment. A diagnostic evaluation includes an in-depth evaluation of a child's speech and language skills. This includes a determination of whether the child performs as well as other children his or her age in terms of speech sounds, vocabulary, grammar and language use. In addition, the child's speech will be screened to rule out problems with voice (for example, chronic hoarseness) or fluency (stuttering). Community outreach programs: in collaboration with the university of arizona speech & language clinic and the parent connection, the child language center participates in an outreach program funded by first things first, called talking matters! This professional development program trains teachers and parents in area preschools to recognize important speech and language milestones, spot speech and language problems, make timely referrals to community agencies when necessary, and facilitate oral communication through early childhood activities. University student clinical training: the center's professional training programs provide opportunities for university students to receive hands-on experience in evaluating and treating language disorders in young children. Students are supervised by certified speech-language pathologists as they provide therapy in individual, small-group, and large group settings. Students also collaborate with professionals from other disciplines as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and form an integral part of the center's community outreach programs.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The main reason why I'am giving this preschool a 5/5 stars is because of its TEACHERS! The teachers here really enjoy what they do and it shows. You can feel the LOVE! Our child stared here when she was 2 years old. She is now 4 and in the Hummingbirds class.

Teachers: A+ Teachers!!! Two teachers in the class at all times, one is the main teacher they have more experience. The teachers are trained in early childhood literacy which is a main focus on top of speech therapy if needed. The preschool also has onsite specialist to help children in the early years receive what they need to improve delays in speech. During a certain time of year the U of A students teachers are present and help in the classrooms, too. We have enjoyed all ours teachers here. Students get the attention they need.

Classroom: Small class size. It has been under 15 students per class with 2 teachers. Always set up so perfectly for each theme and very clean. They share the curriculum with parents and its very extensive and full of information on what students are learning.

Playground: The outside playground has lots of shade, toy bikes and running area. They have a garden, too.

This preschool is one of the BEST in Tucson!!! If I had extra money I would donate here to help this nonprofit school continue helping our children start well in school :)

Lisa S.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son went to pre-school at Wings on Words for a year and a half. If they had kindergarten, I would have kept him there even longer. It is such a fantastic program. The facility itself is wonderful. The classrooms are warm and inviting. They have a fun outside play area. They have a mobile library that goes class to class. They also have tortoises, and sometimes chickens, on campus. The teachers are experienced, dedicated, and caring. My son can be difficult because of a developmental delay. His teachers were so patient with him. They tried different strategies until they found what worked. Ms. Candy in particular went above and beyond, finding and modifying a grade school program to work for pre-schoolers. The teachers were great about communicating with parents. Wings on Words also has a fantastic speech therapy staff. My son had a terrible stutter when he started there and it was almost gone when he left. The one on one speech therapy combined with a strong language-based curriculum did wonders for him. My son learned everything he needed to know to be ready for kindergarten and then some. He also loved going there.
My only frustration with Wings on Words is that the schedule can be difficult for working parents. It's worth it to make it work if you can though. It's such a wonderful place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This school has been wonderful for my two children! I truly appreciate the kindness and compassion they have for each child. My daughters know they are in a safe, loving space and they are learning while having fun!

Vi V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing staff and teachers. I highly recommend this school for children that need the focus on speech and language development.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My kids loved the opportunity to get in to wings on words. I am a single mom. I would never have been able to put my children in wings on words but they received scholarship and went for free. They absolutely love the atmosphere here and still talk about what they learned to this day. They can't wait to go back this summer so I hope to take them. My son received speech therapy which was a definite plus. My daughter loved learning about science and it sparked her interest about how things work together. The kids were ecstatic about the lesson plans each day. Also all the staff along with the students are fantastic. Thank you so much for this opportunity amd hope to see you all soon.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wings on Words is a wonderful place. They offer a summer camp with speech therapy. My child loved this camp! She wanted to go everyday, then would cry when it was time to go. (not so fun for me) The speech sessions really helped. Several people including her gymnastic teacher, commented on how they could understand her a little better. They sent a lesson plan home for each week on what they would be covering. I was very impressed with how thought out and interactive it was. I'm looking forward to signing her up for next years summer camp.

1 Danielle P.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lea, and mrs. Marina has been a blessing to my son, and his apraxia. (Speech delay) he has grown so much, and I KNOW without them he would not be where he is! Truly grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This preschool has been such a good place for my son with expressive speech delay...so good we even kept him an extra year to be sure he's really ready for kindergarten!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to thank you, Mrs. Amy, Mrs. Naomi, and Ms. Candy for being so kind and patient with Arturo throughout his years at WOW. He has really excelled academically and in his speech. We couldn't have wished for any better experience for Arturo. The one-to-one attention that Arturo receive from your teachers has made him confident in his abilities in many different subjects. Everyday he would arrive home with tales about what was in the mystery box. Wings on Words is a supportive community focused on giving each student the best education possible, and your school provided Arturo just that. Thanks again for everything.
P.S. Mrs. Marina was also a very positive role model for Arturo.

The Canez Family

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The quality and care of the individuals that work at Wings on Words has exceeded my expectations. Not only has the staff at WOW helped provide the best quality education for my daughters they have become part of our extended family and my family will be forever grateful for the individuals and our time at WOW.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Being that this school is one of a kind, there are so many different great things to say about it. We chose this school simply based on the fact that it focused on speech therapy, but now having attended this school, we would choose it again in a heartbeat for everything it has to offer. Our little one attends the "Doves" Classroom (2-3 yr olds) and is so in love with Ms. Amy and Ms. Adrianna. The teachers, assistants, and volunteers clearly put the children first in every way possible, from dropping the children off for the first time to helping them blow their noses or even engaging in an observation in the sky. There are so many special little moments that I catch while I'm leaving the classroom as well. The children start off in the outdoor playground and while I"m waiting for the traffic light to change, I always see Ms. Amy or Ms. Adrianna hugging a little one who needs it or just wants a hug, or giving the children encouragement with their playing, or even singing to the kids as they play. As a first time parent I really appreciate the extra mile these teachers will go just to make sure the kids feel comfortable and truly feel like they have a place among their peers. With the speech therapy aspect of the school, it's such an amazing program that I wish more preschools had. Addressing a speech issue can seem daunting but involving a whole classroom and allowing the children to learn and grow inside their comfort zones is just irreplaceable. Our little just loves his time at preschool and we couldn't be happier with everything!

2 Leah F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

All three of my daughters attended Wings on Words. Two needed language therapy services, but I sent all three to their program because its pedagogy for early childhood education is second to none. All three of my girls were totally ready for Kindergarten, thanks to the literacy based curriculum. Not all preschools are created equal, so I feel fortunate I was able to send my kids to the best preschool program in Tucson.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a teacher at this school for 18 years and love what we do for children. Children leave our program to enter kindergarten with all the learning and behavior strategies to be successful not only in kindergarten but also throughout their elementary school years.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wings on Words is the best place to send your child if they are experiencing speech delay. At 3 years old my son did not speak many words, after 5 months of attending Wings on Words we are now able to communicate with him and understand him. This would not have been possible without the great staff. Thank you WOW!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Child Language Center is a fantastic resource for the Tucson Community. My child attended and we give them so much credit for over coming language delay.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is two years old and has a delayed speech issue. Since going to Wings on Words he has improved greatly. He seems to have an interest in trying to enunciate and communicate with words. He recieves speech therapy in a fun and happy environment. He loves his teachers and looks forward to going to school. I like that the children have a structured lesson plan each week. The teachers provide a daily report on my child providing information on goals and what the children did in class that day.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My older son attended Wings on Words' preschool for 3 years prior to attending elementary school. He went into Kinder reading and able to do basic math facts. He is currently a 4th grader reading at a end of 5th year grade level and recently perfected the AZ Merit (AZ state test). His elementary teachers have continued building on the amazing foundation that was created by Wings on Words' teaching staff. This year we just enrolled our youngest son in his 2nd year of preschool at Wings on Words in hopes that he will have similar academic success, as our eldest son continues to have.