Marian Hope Children’s Learning Center provides a nurturing environment where children feel safe and loved. Marian Hope Center offers a plethora of classes and services for the array of differential learners and learning diagnoses, including: autism spectrum disorders, childhood apraxia & other speech disorders, Down syndrome & other genetic disorders, dyslexia & other reading disorders, the varying specific language & learning disabilities, feeding disorders, sensory integration disorders, & motor disorders. We service all special needs, focusing on the individual child and building individual plans to help each reach their God-blessed potential.
Why Marian Hope Children’s Learning Center?
- The dynamic gifts of Marian Hope therapists and educators
- Our parent/education and training to ensure skills are being generalized outside of therapy classes
- The blending of children with and without special needs
- The 1:2 staff to student ratio
Below is a list of our Fall 2018-Spring 2019 scheduled classes, which will run from Aug 20 -May 24. Other classes can be created on an “as needed” basis. For further information, please contact Heather Ruoff at 816-695-1255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Therapeutic Play Groups
Language Through Play – Speech-language pathologists will guide the children as they practice communicating with peers.
The specific areas addressed will vary according to the needs of the children in each group and may include initiating and participating in conversation, maintaining appropriate eye contact, asking and responding to questions, and turn-taking.
Children will practice the social skills while participating in a variety of activities including role playing, outdoor games, board games, crafts, and conversation.
Social Language & Motor Development – This class is similar to the Language Through Play classes with an extra hour to allow time for motor activities. This class is intended to improve both social communication and physical skills of young children.
Mini Social Motor – Speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists will guide children ages 1-2 in learning early social skills, basic play skills, and enhancing motor development.
Therapeutic Preschool Classes
Language Enrichment Classes – These classes provide intensive speech, language, and occupational therapy as well as sensory integration techniques. Books, fine and gross motor activities, and speech/language activities focus on different themes each month; however, the curriculum is modified to meet the needs of each individual child. Students participate in circle time, small group and/or individual therapy settings, gross motor exploration, snack time with gluten- and casein-free snacks, and therapist-directed free play. The ratio of therapist/paraprofessional to child is 1 to 2.
Improving Communication with Technology – This class utilizes augmentative communication devices to provide non-verbal children ways to communicate their wants and needs as well as giving them appropriate ways to play with toys. Strategies and techniques are also implemented to improve verbal communication and receptive language. Socialization is also encouraged through the use of augmentative communication devices and through play-based therapy.
Social Skills Challenge – Speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists will guide the children ages 11-14 as they practice communicating with peers. The specific areas addressed will vary according to the needs of the children in each group and may include initiating and participating in conversation, maintaining appropriate eye contact, asking and responding to questions, and turn-taking. Children will practice the social skills while participating in a variety of activities including role playing, outdoor games, board games, crafts, and conversation.
Life Enrichment – Children will practice every day self-help skills with peers. A speech-language pathologist and occupational therapist will guide the children through activities such as going to a restaurant, grocery shopping, writing checks, making change, and doing laundry. The main objective is to improve daily living skills while also helping children to make friends and to interact more appropriately with others.