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To help each and every child find their voice decide their own futures and make the greatest difference in the lives of others.

Each Child

Atlanta Speech School

Katherine Hamm Center

The Hamm Center serves children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families, so they can develop essential language abilities and pre-literacy skills to create their own future.

Anne & Jim Kenan Preschool

Kenan Preschool serves preschoolers who are ready to form a pre-literacy foundation in a setting that is at once joyful, engaging and academic.

Stepping Stones Preschool

Stepping Stones serves children with speech and language delays so they are able to build the language abilities and pre-literacy skills needed for their academic journey beyond the Speech School.

Wardlaw School

Wardlaw School serves bright elementary-aged children with dyslexia in an academically challenging setting.

The Clinic

Speech School Clinic provides academic and therapeutic support through speech therapy, occupational therapy and learning lab services - on our campus and through telepractice.

Our Voices

Every child deserves to have a voice, to experience the joy of learning, and to fully access a future of their own design.

Ryan Lee-James, PhD, Chief Academic Officer

Atlanta Speech School

At the Speech School, we know that reading proficiency is not enough. Only through deep reading - through which we think critically, feel empathetically and take the perspective of others - are we able to become who we are meant to be.

Tavia and Matt, Hamm Parents

We know that the Hamm Center experience set the stage for our son’s future. The School is poised to deliver instruction that prioritizes student success. From 1:1 instruction with a speech therapist, to a motor room filled with equipment designed to spark whole body engagement, to Sunshine Circles that ensures every child’s voice is heard, the list goes on. This is a place where childhood is celebrated and learning runs deep. We will always love our Hammily. 

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Arielle and Rafi, Hamm, Wardlaw and Stepping Stones parents

We truly believe the Speech School is the greatest gift we could give our girls. The extraordinary teachers and staff in Hamm, Stepping Stones, and Wardlaw have changed the course of their lives. The smiles on their faces as they get out of the car each morning say it all. They are joyous and curious, and we look forward to continue watching them grow in Hamm and Wardlaw.

Mindy and Ryan, parents of Wardlaw alum

As you often told parents, our two hardest days were the ones where we came to Speech and when we left- but the leaving was by far harder! Our child is graduating this spring cum laude from Woodward. And next fall he’ll be going to Emory!! 

We have said many times thank goodness for Speech School, and we said it again today. Thank you and the incredible staff from the bottom of our hearts.

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Mary, Kenan Parent

We are so deeply grateful for Ethan's time in Kenan and are forever grateful to you all for his growth and development! We've been lucky to be part of such a loving community.

Michelle and Michael, Hamm Parents

Our daughter has grown so much at the Speech School! We noticed an increase in language after her first day! Sending her here was the best thing we could have done for her. Not only has she grown academically, her confidence has soared!

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Atlanta Speech School

Our Approach

With four schools, the Rollins Center and the Clinic dedicated to literacy, the Atlanta Speech School constructs Deep Reading Brains for a lifetime.

Atlanta Speech School

The Atlanta Speech School is driven to help each child find their voice. 

Wardlaw School

Wardlaw serves children with dyslexia, so that every child can read, deeply; question, freely; and live, empathetically to boldly change the world.

Anne & Jim Kenan Preschool

In connected and inquisitive classrooms, Kenan children explore, grow, think and build foundations for deep reading. A child who starts at Kenan is prepared to go anywhere.

Rollins Center & its Cox Campus

The vision of the Rollins Center is literacy and justice for all. Only when every child can read can we achieve equity. 

Stepping Stones Preschool

The only preschool of its kind, Stepping Stones' foundation of language is supported by an SLP in every classroom and is proven by its thriving graduates.

Katherine Hamm Center

The Katherine Hamm Center is where the Speech School began. 85 years later,  the Hamm Center continues to build meaningful connections and deep literacy foundations for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The Clinic

Our Clinic shares our mission, to help each person develop their full potential through language and literacy. To do this, our clinicians across occupational therapy, speech therapy and a learning lab work together to address each child's specific learning profile.