SAILL Preschool

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Speech And Integrated Language for Literacy

At DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, we are committed to giving each child the opportunity to speak and have their voice heard.

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We are so excited to launch SAILL (Speech And Integrated Language for Literacy) Preschool, a newly instituted preschool program with a separate private academic license. 

This intensive language-rich preschool is designed for children whose spoken language skills require consistent, targeted instruction and speech therapy in a full-day program. SAILL is for children in need of intensive speech and language services regardless of hearing loss.

Participants will include preschool-age children with speech and language needs including but not limited to:

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    Children with severe speech and language delays

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    Children in need of an intensive speech/language and literacy focused preschool curriculum as preparation for entering Kindergarten

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    Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)

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    Children who are learning English as a second language

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SAILL Preschool, first day photo
SAILL Preschool, first day photo
SAILL Preschool, first day photo
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Additional Program Information

The SAILL program is funded through privately paid tuition. However, families in need of financial assistance can still participate in SAILL. For over 100 years, DePaul School has placed children and their educational needs as our priority. We will work with families to ensure their child’s needs can be met. Talk with us about your concerns, we can help! 

Additionally, the SAILL program offers open enrollment. Reach out to us any time during the year to ask questions or enroll your child.

Small Class Sizes

Our highly-skilled teachers and therapists help students develop their speech, language, and pre-literacy skills through fun, small-group classroom activities. 

Speech/Language Therapy

Because our students need extensive guided practice to develop effective communication skills, each preschool student receives a minimum of three individual 30-minute speech therapy sessions per week provided by a Speech Language Pathologist with expertise in developing Listening and Spoken Language. Our speech/language pathologists also have additional training in diagnosis and treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech as well as use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices.

Through this separate licensed program, parents can now choose to enroll their child in SAILL’s speech, language, and literacy oriented curriculum: providing a more intensive individual and small group experience to develop speech language skills.

SAILL is co-taught by an early childhood educator and a speech-language pathologist.

Program Updates

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    We are excited to announce our SAILL Preschool Program has been approved for a private academic license! For the past year and a half, SAILL has been a pilot program endeavor to offer intensive speech services to children without hearing loss. Through this separate licensed program, parents can now choose to enroll their child in SAILL’s speech-oriented curriculum as opposed to undergoing an extensive approval process in which the family may or may not be approved by their Intermediate Unit. This new program will eliminate heavy burdens for families who are simply looking for intensive speech services for their preschool-age child.

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    SAILL Preschool Program (Speech And Integrated Language for Literacy Program) is a newly instituted separate preschool program approved by the Pennsylvania Board of Educators. With a separate private academic license, SAILL is for preschool-age children 3 - 5 years of age who MAY not have a hearing loss but are in need of intensive speech and language services. Currently, the SAILL preschool program is 5 days a week and is funded separately through private tuition and restricted gifts. To learn more about SAILL, visit our website.

Contact Us

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At DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, we are committed to giving each child the opportunity to speak and have their voice heard. Contact us to learn more.