Hello and Welcome, from the Partners in Play team.
After a wonderful first year, we are excited to welcome a new group of families to our program for 2022-2023 school year.
What is Partners in Play?
A program for 3 year old children to build a foundation in communication, socialization, and play skills for school readiness, while working on speech and language goals within everyday routines and activities.
What is the focus?
-Expanding speech and language skills within a play based experience.
-Supporting the development of social skills, cooperative play, following routines and directions.
-Improving attention and focus.
-Fostering communication & interaction skills that support success in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten.
Who is it for:
Children 3 years old who:
· Are shy and hesitant to speak in a large group
· Need support to develop play and social interactions
· Benefit from support in their development of speech or language – errors in sounds or grammar
· Need support to listen and follow directions within a group setting
· Would benefit from direct therapy with a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)
· Children who are showing typical development but would like to continue expanding language for thinking, learning, problem solving and creativity.
What is offered:
· Classes run 4 days a week for 2.5 hours (9:00-11:30)
· Small class size of 8 participants and a 1:4 child -adult ratio
· Access to direct therapy for speech sounds and language skills from an SLP
· Additional practice opportunities embedded into class activities
· $400/month ($200/month for eligible PUF students in partnership with Red Deer Public Schools)
Where are we located:
Our Partners in Play site is located in central Red Deer at B 5123 – 48th Street
Phone and in-person consultation available to determine if the program is a good fit for your family. Please email below to set up a time for more information.
Please complete the registration form below
Email to: email@example.com
Run by speech language pathologist and speech assistants, our program provides a play-based learning experience for 3 year old children, developing skills needed to ensure school readiness and success. Children will access continuous skilled support for speech and language development in a variety of play experiences including themed centers, sensory materials, and cooperative games.
We focus on improving social skills, following directions, and participating in group learning activities.
Why such a focus on play?
You may be surprised at the variety of skills learned through play.
Play gives opportunity to expand vocabulary from words we use everyday to new and exciting experiences children may not have had yet personally.
The right activities exercise problem solving and negotiation skills, expand on flexible thinking, attention & memory, and foster creativity and curiosity.
Most of all - play is meaningful to children. When we use play to teach new concepts, words, and sounds, the new skills are relevant to the child’s life and allow for quicker learning. While academics such as letters and numbers are important, these are skills children learn in school – to prepare for in school success, children first need to be strong communicators, with established social skills.
Children attend programming from Tuesday-Friday from 9:00-11:30 (afternoon programming may be available depending on registration numbers)
Our 10-month year runs from September to June, following the same schedule as Red Deer Schools.
Small class sizes allow each child to have customized learning goals set by the speech language pathologist targeted both individually and in class activities.
Want to learn more, or see the space? Book a consultation with the director - we are happy to meet with any potential Partners in Play families.
Don't wait! Our classes are capped at 8 children to ensure quality support and attention for all.
Come play with us in September 2022.
https://www.mommyspeechtherapy.com - Under free downloads you will find materials for practising speech sounds.
https://ei.northwestern.edu - Click on resources and choose toy recommendations - fun play ideas with everyday objects and common toys.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=learn+with+adrienne - These fun short videos demonstrate how to support language and play skills with a variety of common everyday objects - check out tape, cloth, books and straws to get started.
https://www.alberta.ca/creating-language-rich-environments.aspx - Created by SLPs, Talk Box is a great resource with practical tips for supporting language. Check out Everyday and Everyway link to see monthly ideas.