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 Summer 2022 scheduled classes. 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.
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 45 minutes to allow more 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.
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.
Multi-Sensory Academic Enrichment Classes -This class was created for children who are not quite ready for a traditional classroom learning experience, but who can participate in small-group academic and social activities. The ratio of adults to children is low, with a maximum of 8 kids and 3 adults. The class is led by a speech-language pathologist and an occupational therapist. Activities will target academic skills such as pre-reading, early math, basic concepts & vocabulary, and letter and number formation. Children will also have opportunities to grow in social development and practice emotional and sensory regulation. The therapists will use a multi-sensory approach to accommodate the array of learning styles.
Vocational Skills & AAC Communication– 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.
Making Friends – Speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists 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.
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.
Vocational Skills -Young Adults will learn and practice vocational skills as they relate to real-world situations. Students will complete vocational skills training with guidance from occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists. Skills include resume writing, interviews, basic job tasks, interpersonal skills, and other work-related skills. Students will have the opportunity to complete work-study at a local coffee shop with guidance and skilled interventions from occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists.
Mad Science Handwriting Camp- This camp is designed for the more advanced writer (6-9). We will address spacing, line awareness, increasing writing speed, neatness, along with strength and endurance all while completing fun science experiments. Writing can be either cursive or print practice.
Story Time Yoga-
Gardening & Motor Skills – This class ins designed for elementary aged students. Students will engage in gardening activities while participating in individualized, therapeutic fine and gross motor activities.
Reading & Writing- This class is designed for elementary aged students. Each class will begin and end with a large group motor and sound activity. Followed by breakout small groups targeting specific visual and motor skills as they relate to handwriting and specific sound and language skills as they relate to reading and spelling.