Speech Garden

Speech Garden

Science class volunteers needed
Friday, 01 May 2009 14:24

Volunteer Opportunity for SpeechScience Class! 

Give back by helping children with special needs!

To volunteer, please email Ellen (link at bottom of this text).  Please do not 'comment' on the post below (it won't be received).

  We are looking for volunteers to assist with our "SpeechScience! Learning Language through Science" classes for the 2010-2011 school year.  Volunteers are assigned to a small group of children (ages 3-8) and will work with TSGI staff and certified Speech-Language Pathologists to help children overcome their communicative delays through participation in science experiments.  Several volunteers and one teacher are assigned to each class of 10 students (2-8 years old, grouped by age).  Students have varying degrees of communication impairments and may have related disabilities such as autism, down syndrome, hearing loss, social impairments, sensory disorders, visual impairments, syndromes or other special needs. 

  Volunteers will assist children while they participate in science experiments, art, music and movement activities.  Duties may consist of behavior management, individual instruction, helping children change classes, transition activities, leading songs and assisting with experiments. All materials and instruction is provided.  Classes are taught by certified speech-language pathologists and Discovery Place teachers.  To learn more about this program, click here.

  Volunteers are from all walks of life!  Parents, professionals, older adults, college students, high school students and anyone interested in helping others is perfect for this unique opportunity. It is a great learning opportunity for young people who are interested in working with young children. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.

  Volunteering is rewarding- know that you will make a difference in the life of a child.

  Volunteers must commit to one or more six week semesters.  Classes run on Thursdays afternoons from 4:00-5:30 and meet at Covenant Presbyterian Church (just South of downtown Charlotte).  Click here for directions.  Volunteers must commit to a background screening and have experience working with children.  An one-hour orientation session is mandatory, and is held immediately prior to the first session. 

  Volunteers may select one of the following semesters (and commit to all six dates):


Winter 2011:  “Seeing Stars” February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10

Spring 2011: “Super Structures” April 7, 14, 28, May 5, 12, 19

 * Orientation is on the first day of each semester, one hour prior to the start of class. 

Click here to email to volunteer and start cultivating a community of competent communicators!

Questions?  Email Ellen.