Valley Forge Educational Services Launches Language Enrichment Program For Children Ages 4-6 with Speech/Language Delays--Program is First of its Kind in Chester County

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The Luma Center™ for Development and Learning at Valley Forge Educational Services in Malvern introduces a new school-year program, Speech and Language Explorers, to meet the needs of young children with speech/language-based learning challenges. The program – the first of its kind in the Chester County region - is designed particularly to meet the needs of children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech or other speech/language-based disabilities. Social interaction skills and occupational therapy also play an integral part of the program.

“Speech disorders are often difficult to diagnose," said Nancy Allard, "and there are missed opportunities for targeted intervention to develop the specific motor learning necessary such as those provided in our Speech and Language Explorers program.

The Luma Center™ for Development and Learning at Valley Forge Educational Services in Malvern, PA introduces a new school-year program, Speech and Language Explorers, to meet the needs of young children with speech/language-based learning challenges. The program, which will meet Monday-Friday from 8:30am-11:30am, will be led by a speech/language pathologist and will provide a rich, language-based curriculum to 4-6 year-olds in a small group environment.

The program – the first of its kind in the Chester County region - is designed particularly to meet the needs of children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech or other speech/language-based disabilities. Social interaction skills and occupational therapy also play an integral part of the program.

“Speech disorders like Childhood Apraxia of Speech are often difficult to diagnose or clumped into a larger diagnosis especially when they co-exist with other developmental disorders,” said Nancy Allard, Director of The Luma Center. “As a result, we are missing the opportunity for targeted intervention to develop the specific motor learning necessary such as those provided in our new Speech and Language Explorers program.”

The Luma Center™ offers services for families and children with developmental and learning challenges, including a slate of therapeutic and social-development groups, many of which are now enrolling for fall. In addition to Speech and Language Explorers, these include a Foundations school-year program for students with mild to moderate developmental delays and social development groups for preschool through middle school students. These groups provide extra support in the areas of language, motor, sensory and social skills under the guidance of experienced facilitators. A complete list of offerings is available at http://www.lumacenter.org.

In addition to groups and programs, the Center’s experienced staff offer comprehensive occupational, physical, speech and language evaluations and individual therapies to children in a state-of-the-art therapy center. The Center welcomes inquiries from parents and professionals regarding private consultations, developmental screenings and academic support. To learn more about the Center’s vision for early childhood learning, visit http://www.lumacenter.org or download our articles at http://www.vfes.net/news-events/specialized-education-vision-documents.

The Luma Center™ is directed by Nancy Allard, MA, OTR/L, who has more than twenty-eight years of experience working with children and families. She holds a master’s degree from New York University in occupational therapy, a BA in psychology, and certification in both elementary and special education. For more information about The Luma Center or its services, contact Karen Pyne, at 610-296-6725 x183 or http://www.lumacenter.org.

About the Luma Center™ for Development and Learning:
The Luma Center™ offers child development consultation and services to families and organizations to support children across home, school, and community environments. Our knowledgeable and skilled team comprises professionals from the fields of education, occupational, physical and speech therapies and psychology. The Center offers comprehensive occupational, physical, speech and language evaluations and individual therapies, sensory integration and praxis testing, developmental screenings, individualized student planning and learning support, parent coaching, and school year programs for 3-8 year-olds. The Center also offers therapeutic and social skills groups for preschoolers through teens under the guidance of experienced facilitators. The Luma Center™ is located in Malvern, PA and is a division of Valley Forge Educational Services. http://www.lumacenter.org

About Valley Forge Educational Services:
Valley Forge Educational Services offers a wide variety of educational services focused on guiding learners to independence. VFES provides educational solutions for young children, adolescents and pre-21 adults ranging from K-12 school-based and summer programs to post high school (18-21) transition skills programming to clinical consultation services. VFES also offers professional support to organizations, schools and families through its Luma Center™ for Development and Learning, Summer Matters™ division, Vanguard School, Vanguard Transition Center and Professional Development and Parent Learning Series. For more than 50 years, Valley Forge Educational Services has been dedicated to improving specialized education through innovative research and advanced practices for students, parents, educators, professionals and organizations. For more information on Valley Forge Educational Services, please visit http://www.vfes.net.

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