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25 Years Pre-School Programs
     

CSA's accredited language development programs are for children 2.5 - 5 years old with average to above average learning potential who have been diagnosed with speech and language differences. These differences include:

• Expressive language difficulties
• Receptive language difficulties
• Articulation disorders
• Sensory Integration difficulties
• Social Language Development
• Auditory processing disorders

Because a speech delay may have a significant impact on personal, social, and academic life, early identification and intervention are critically important. We offer early intervention pre-school programs to meet these needs.

We also enroll typically-developing children (up to 20% of each class) who benefit from our language-rich, multi-sensory program and are Peer Models for their language-delayed classmates. This inclusive model benefits both types of students tremendously.

Our pre-school classes include whole group and small group instruction/activities tailored to meet individual needs of all children while fostering group language skills. Unlike traditional pre-schools with age-specific classes, we use a level system that allows for a broader age range in each class.

 
     

Language-Stimulation/Level 1
For younger pre-school students, this class offers a low therapist-student ratio for children who are beginning to use language to communicate or who are using language to communicate, but need help developing receptive and expressive language.

This class is lead by a speech language therapist and has a full-time assistant, a master's candidate practicum intern, and volunteers from the UT Communication Disorders undergraduate program. A multi-sensory approach is used, and whole group and smaller group activities are used to tailor instruction to individual needs.

This class is limited to 8-10 students.

Hours: 8:30 - 12:30 M-F

 
     

Level 2
For older pre-school children, this class is designed to develop and enrich receptive and expressive language skills, and to introduce skills that are necessary for future academic success.

This class is lead by a speech language therapist and has full-time assistant, and volunteers from the UT Communication Disorders undergraduate program. A multi-sensory approach is used, and whole group and smaller group activities are used to tailor instruction to individual needs.

The class is limited to 10-12 children.

Hours: 8:30 - 12:30 M-F
Optional Extended Day after-school care is available until 3:00.


 
Therapeutic Program  

Our pre-school therapists use the same therapeutic techniques used in a clinical setting, but with the added benefit of our small group setting. Some classes also include typically-developing peers (usually siblings of CSA students or staff children) who offer a language model for our students.

 

 
Multi-Sensory Instruction  

Student learning is enhanced through a multi-sensory approach to instruction, and classrooms are equipped with state-of-the art technology including Smart Board interactive white boards, classroom iPads equipped with language-development apps, and Soundfield FM systems. The FM systems amplify the teacher's voice during whole-group instruction to reduce competing stimuli and help children focus on the teacher.

 

 
Special Areas Programs  

Classroom instruction is complemented through our "special areas" programs, which include group Occupational Therapy, Music Therapy, Dance and Library each week.

 

 
Tuition and Fees  

Tuition rates vary by class level and are included in the application packet. We offer three payments plans:

10 installment plan - for families who register before August, annual tuition is broken down into 10 equal installments. These installments are paid as 2 months deposit upon registration, and then 8 remaining installments paid Aug 1 - March 1.

9 installment plan - for families who register after August, annual tuition is broken down into 9 equal installments. These installments are paid as 2 months deposit upon registration, and then 7 remaining installments paid Sept. 1 - March 1.

Lump Sum plan - families who pay the year in full receive a 1% discount off annual tuition.

Tuition Assistance - We have a tuition assistance program available for families who earn below Austin-area median income levels or who qualify for state assistance programs. For more information about how our scholarship program is administered, please see Tuition Assistance.

 

 

Sample Schedule

8:30-9:20

9:20-9:30
9:30-10:00
10:00-10:30
10:30-11:00
11:00-11:30
11:30-12:00
12:00-12:20
12:20-12:30

Fine Motor/Morning Centers
Opening Circle
Snack/Potty Time
Outside Time
Music/Library/OT
Language Activity
Lunch
Afternoon Centers
Closing Circle/Pack Up
     
Texas Language Learning Alternatives, dba Capitol School, is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation funded by tuition and fundraising. Capitol School of Austin admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. CSA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.