Strength in Numbers
Our partners span varying counties across Maryland, Boston and North Carolina. We partner with organizations with like-minded vision to build literacy support especially in areas that are most effected. With the convenience we offer of bringing our services to your location (in-home, daycares, community centers, private schools, childcare facilities, community outreach programs etc) our partners enjoy our highly effective natural-environment approach to speech therapy and literacy improvement.
Partnership opportunity include Speech Language Pathology and Communication Services, Occupational Therapy Services, Early Childhood Intervention Program, After School Tutoring and Homework Help Program, Summer Camp Literacy Support Services, English As a Second Language Programs and American Sign Language Support Services. Together we can make we can make more impact -- there is strength in numbers!
Our Partnership Program Opportunities
EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM
The research is thorough and pervasive that comprehensive Pre-kindergarten programs have incredible benefits for young children. Children who participate in high quality pre-kindergarten programs have better vocabularies, regulated social and emotional skills as well as motivation to continue learning as they get older.
The Wellspring Therapy Early Learning Childhood Program is focused on the following eight content areas, which are based on the dimensions of school readiness identified by the National Education Goals Panel.
- Approaches to learning
- Social and emotional development
- Physical development and health
- Language, literacy, and communication
- Creative arts
- Science and technology
- Social studies
While learning in these content areas children are prepared for later schooling, we take the learning process beyond traditional academic subjects by applying methods that promote independence, curiosity, decision making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving in young children.*
(*National Institute for Early Education Research, nieer.org)
AFTERSCHOOL TUTORING PROGRAM
Test scores and academic achievement are the best ways to see the results of tutoring programs for students who are struggling. Students who are at risk for academic failure and are in need of academic support are a top priority for parents and teachers alike. It has been noted that academic success can be obtained by providing students with before or after school tutoring. Research has shown that students who are at risk and students identified as having learning disabilities can earn, on average, a C or better on assessments when they have dedicated, trained tutors.
The long term effect of tutoring programs is far reaching, in that these types of programs have lasting effects throughout a child’s lifetime. Struggling students may have the tendency to be unprepared for life, in general, and unprepared to successfully become acclimated to society later in life. The success of a child having a dedicated tutor far outweighs the possibilities of failure.
SUMMER LITERACY SUPPORT PROGRAM
Unfortunately, some youth face anything but idyllic summer months. When the school doors close, many children struggle to access educational opportunities, as well as basic needs such as healthy meals and adequate adult supervision. The Wellspring Summer Program was designed to diminish this negative experience by offering a balanced mix of academic learning skills with nonstop activity and tons of fun.
Did You Know?
· All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004).
· More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al, 2007).
· Children lose more than academic knowledge over the summer. Most children—particularly children at high risk of obesity—gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school during summer break (Von Hippel et al, 2007).
· Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do (Duffett et al, 2004).
What Makes our Program Special?
Our program participants…
- Reinforce educational skills
- Learn values and positive behaviors
- Develop leadership skills
- Gain independence and confidence
- Build character
- Spend 30 minutes reading each day (during rest periods, free time, etc)
- Discover their talents and realize their potential
- Make new friends and learn social skills
- Develop a sense of responsibility for themselves and others
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE "ESOL"
We provide individualized and group ESOL support to both adult and children. Our ESOL Group program is designed using teaching strategies and instructions in accordance with Maryland Content Standards for Adult ESL/ESOL Training Guide of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Division of Adult Education and Literacy Services.
The training averages approximately six hours. Training sessions will be divided, if possible, into three two-hour sessions or six one-hour sessions so that participants are given time to analyze and use the information presented. Time will be provided before each session for participants to ask questions, review previous information, or to report on implementation experiences.
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE "ASL"
Why emphasize early language learning? The earlier any child is exposed to and begins to acquire language, the better that child’s communication skills will become. Research suggests that the first few years of life are the most crucial to a child’s development of language skills, and even the early months of life can be important for establishing successful communication. Thanks to screening programs in place at almost all hospitals in the United States and its territories, newborn babies are tested for hearing before they leave the hospital. If a child has hearing loss, this screening gives parents an opportunity to learn about communication options. Parents can then start their child’s language learning process during this important early stage of development.*
*(The National Institute of Deafness and Other Communications Disorders - https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/american-sign-language)