Thomas O. Eller Preschool Language Classroom

graphic of a person talkingCommunication is the exchange of information between two or more individuals. Successful communication is critical to developing positive social relationships with family members and friends as well as being essential to academic success including reading, writing, and classroom learning. At the Preschool Language Classroom (PLC) at Appalachian State University, we are concerned about preschool-age children (2-5 years old) who have communication delays or disorders.

Children attend the PLC for four mornings per week (Monday-Thursday) from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. They are involved in group activities such as story time, art, music, play, and snack time. The objective is to facilitate their communication skills during each of these activities in a natural setting. There is a special emphasis on emerging literacy skills and phonemic awareness with the goal of assisting these children with the development of reading and writing skills. In addition to the classroom activities, children have the opportunity to receive individual therapy sessions on a daily basis. Team coordination with local agencies such as the Children's Developmental Services Agency (CDSA), Watauga County Preschool Program, and Watauga County Schools also is part of the PLC.

What if I have a question about my child's development?

  • Employee working with two small childrenCheck with your family doctor, pediatrician, or call the Clinic. They will help you determine if your child needs to be referred for further evaluation.
  • Contact Emily Lakey, the Coordinator of the PLC. She will answer basic questions about normal communication development. Her phone number is 262-6070.
  • Call the Communication Disorders Clinic to schedule an evaluation. The number is 262-2185.

What are the goals of the Preschool Language Classroom?

  • To assist children in developing their communicative skills to the fullest potential;
  • To plan a program of treatment for each child based on individual strengths and needs using the Assessment Evaluation and Programming Systems (AEPS) and family involvement;
  • To offer opportunities for children to participate in emerging literacy and phonemic awareness activities in order to facilitate later reading and writing skills.

What is the cost for services provided by the Preschool Language Classroom?

  • Cost is based on income. We have sliding fee scales and accept Medicaid and third-party insurance providers once the deductible has been met.