Program

The Speech Academy Program

THE SPEECH ACADEMY is a day school for students between the ages of 5-21. The Speech Academy’s program includes an accredited high school curriculum.

 

The school provides an intensive speech and language-based academic program for students exhibiting speech and language, learning, auditory processing, apraxia and social skills challenges. Students on the autism spectrum, including Asperger’s syndrome, also benefit from this model of educational programming. A collaborative teaching team, daily staff meetings, and a technology rich environment facilitate instruction in all academic areas.

Therapy services available include Speech and Language therapy, Occupational therapy, and Physical therapy within a highly structured, small-ratio (1-1 to 1-3) academic program. As determined by the Planning and Placement team process, skills targeted in direct therapy sessions are generalized throughout the school day through a planned program of speech fluency drills, core vocabulary generalization and language processing application to all academic areas. Depending on the needs of the student, as determined by the planning and placement team, remediation in visual-motor integration and auditory-perception is offered directly and integrated throughout the school day to assist the student in the organization of sensory input. Regularly scheduled enrichment classes, including Art, Music, Adaptive Physical Education and Computers augment the core curriculum.

Individualized scheduling and related services are identified through the PPT process resulting
in IEP development with the members of the student’s school district and the parents. The
academic curriculum follows the Connecticut’s State Department of Education’s Common
Core Standards.

Overview

The Speech Academy provides a speech and language-based academic program to students with
a range of communication, sensory-motor, learning and social skill disabilities. A collaborative teaching team, daily staff meetings, home-school programs and a resource rich environment facilitate instruction in all academic areas.

Speech fluency drills, based on the student’s targeted speech and language therapy objectives,
are essential and important components of The Speech Academy’s program. A student’s individualized core vocabulary is generalized and applied throughout the school day as identified by the student’s IEP. Speech drills and core vocabulary are pre-taught at the beginning of every academic day, presented within each class period, and reviewed at the end of the school day.

Daily staff meetings with the student’s team members maintain coordination of speech and
language therapy and academic instruction. Daily Occupational therapy and 1-1 and small group academic and social skills instruction are available and provided as determined by the needs of the student through the PPT process and IEP development.

Admissions

The admission process to The Speech Academy begins with an inquiry from school districts, parents, agencies or physicians by submission of school records to the Director. Parents and their representatives are invited to tour The Speech Academy and to observe the school program. At this meeting, information about the student and The Speech Academy is shared and parents are given
an application form. 

After The Speech Academy’s review of all information provided, the applicant and family participate in an Intake Interview to assess the student’s speech/language, academic, social, and behavioral needs. Upon completion of the Intake Interview, the administrative and teaching staff will meet to determine if the student will benefit from The Speech Academy’s program and community. The enrollment date is determined by the Planning and Placement team placement meeting, the availability of an opening, and the determination of a peer group for the student. 

The Speech Academy will admit students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally provided or made available to students at the school; will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.