Speech and Language
In the fall of 2021, Leaps & Bounds applied for a Limitless Fund & Field of Interest Fund Grant through the Manistee County Community Foundation. We were awarded the grant and began working closely with the Manistee ISD Speech Pathologist. It is our belief that COVID-19 has impacted speech and language in our younger children in several ways. With masks covering the mouth, children are unable to hear sounds correctly, the facial movements for beginning sounds are not being seen. A need for increased training for our staff became evident.
Below are some photos of staff implementing some of the skills they learned in the online trainings for improving speech development among our little ones.