Camp Let’s Go
Our speech language pathologists developed Camp Let’s Go, a summer language enrichment program designed for three-to-six year-old DCPS students, both with and without speech language challenges.
The camp brings together these students to explore their world and enhance communication skills through a variety of hands-on activities that include music, field trips, and art and crafts.
The camp curriculum includes language concepts and vocabulary enhancement, which are foundations of academic, social and life skills development. Camp Let’s Go focuses on language development within a theme-based model of instruction.
Each student experiences a wide range of activities, which are incorporated and reinforced in each weekly language theme. Each theme is explored utilizing interactive, functional and hands-on activities. Every Friday, Camp Let’s Go attendees participate in a field trip that incorporates the concepts introduced during the weekly theme.
This approach provides each student with a unique learning experience that will further develop the academic, language and social skills needed for increased success during the upcoming school year.
Visual Learning Grant
The DCPS Speech Program also won a $25,000 grant from Monarch Teaching Technologies in fall 2010 that provides 25 VizZle licenses for teachers and speech professionals to use in DCPS classrooms.
Developed by researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School, VizZle is a visual learning device specially designed for students with autism-spectrum disorders and special education students.
VizZle allows the user to organize lessons for staff, teach students with interactive games and learning tutorials, and share information and content with other VizZle users. DCPS is one of five school districts across the nation to have been awarded this prestigious grant.
The grant also provides regular webinar trainings for speech language pathologists to learn strategies and gain support on how to implement this technology with their students.