Positioned at the intersection of brain science and social science, the Atlanta Speech School effects transformative change in the lives of children and adults through research-based practices, innovation, advocacy, and partnerships with other organizations so that each child at the School and every child in Georgia can acquire the language and literacy abilities essential for deciding his or her own future. Established in 1938, the School is the nation's most comprehensive center for language and literacy.
Composed of four schools, five clinics, summer programs and a professional development center, each division shares one common mission: to work within each program and collaborate across all programs to help each person develop his or her full potential through language and literacy. Each day, extraordinarily dedicated and talented individuals make profound differences in the lives of the children and adults they serve, helping them discover their voice, and the power of that voice, for a lifetime. As a core part of its mission, the School has never denied access to a child in need of its services as a result of a family’s socioeconomic circumstances.
- The Anne and Jim Kenan Preschool is an early education program that develops engaged learners who are exceptionally prepared for school.
- The Katherine Hamm Center, is a listening, spoken language and literacy program for children ages birth to 6 and their families.
- Stepping Stones is the only preschool program of its kind in Georgia, providing therapeutic education for young children with speech and/or language delays.
- The Wardlaw School is an elementary school that serves children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities.
- The Audiology Clinic provides diagnostic testing, evaluation and remediation of hearing loss for adults, children, and infants. This includes hearing aid dispensing, programming, and maintenance. This clinic also serves as a referral source for Georgia’s Universal Newborn Hearing Screening program and provides non-medical cochlear implant services.
- The Speech-Language Pathology Clinic provides comprehensive evaluations and therapy for children and adults with communication difficulties.
- The Occupational Therapy Clinic serves children from infancy to adolescence who experience difficulties in sensory integration, gross and fine motor coordination, visual perception, visual motor and handwriting skills, independent self care, and feeding skills.
- The Learning Evaluation Clinic provides comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations to students ages 4 to 18.
- The Learning Lab offers intervention services in the areas of reading, written language, mathematics, spoken language, and study skills to students ages 4 to 18 experiencing language-based academic difficulties or learning disabilities such as dyslexia.
- Our Summer Programs offer enrichment and remediation camps for a variety of ages, grades
and ability levels, all in a language-rich environment.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER
- The Rollins Center for Language & Literacy is a professional development program that partners with over 100 public and private organizations to bring the Atlanta Speech School’s expertise in language and literacy to teachers across our city, state and nation. The Rollins Center's Cox Campus portal make their research-based training available to all teachers at no charge, thanks to generous funding from the James M. Cox Foundation.