The Language-Learning Early-Advantage Program (LEAP) is a therapeutic communication enrichment preschool located within the Hearing and Speech Clinic. This program offers a comprehensive preschool curriculum with an emphasis on communication development and individualized speech and language therapy. The program is located within the Hearing and Speech Clinic on the College Park campus. 

To date, the vast majority of graduates of the LEAP program have transitioned successfully into mainstream kindergartens. Letters from the children's families emphasize LEAP's crucial role in developing the children's competencies to survive and prosper in a non-restricted educational setting (although some children continue to receive additional speech-language services outside of the classroom). Read some of our reviews below! 

  • "​One visit to the LEAP premises was enough: we said to each other, 'This is the place!' Your careful evaluation confirmed that (our daughter)'s articulation was far substandard, even though her comprehension and vocabulary were excellent. Thanks to LEAP, (she) is transformed. The tremendous improvement in her articulation test scores (from 4th to 81st percentile) tells only part of the story... Friends and family understand just about everything she says-- even over the telephone! She now eagerly converses with new people... My daughter wishes every day were a LEAP day!" 
  • ​"We feel very fortunate to have stumbled upon LEAP. Your program has made a dramatic improvement in (our daughter's) speech and language development. We feel that the program's remarkable success ... is attributable to the small class size and the low-student clinician ratio ... as well as the warmth and love you have shown to the children in LEAP..."
  • "In a matter of four weeks in LEAP, we saw incredible progress in (our son). We would strongly recommend this program to anyone who has a preschool child with needs like our son."
  • "(Our daughter) has thrived so beautifully in LEAP and is now prepared to make the transition to kindergarten. Please know that you have our deepest respect and admiration."

Click here to visit the LEAP website!

To learn more about LEAP contact (301) 405-4218 or hespclinic [at] umd.edu.

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09/16/2020 - 2:48 pm