Child Language Center

Our programs are designed to help young children, 2 ½ – 5 years of age, develop speech, language, and pre-literacy skills.  All screening, evaluation, and therapy sessions are performed, or supervised, by Speech-Language Pathologists who hold a Master’s degree and Clinical Certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

In addition to acting as a service center, the clinic serves as an active research and educational training center for students who are enrolled in the Speech Language Pathology training program work through the Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) at The University of Arizona.[/one_half_last]

During the school year:

  • Wings on Words (WOW) Preschool for children 3 – 6 years of age.
  • WOW ToddlerU – for children 2 ½ -3 years of age.
  • UA-Scottish Rite Clinic– Screening, evaluation and therapy for children 2 – 8 years of age.

During the summer months:

  • WOW Summer Day Camp for children 3 – 6 years old.
  • SOARING Literacy Camp for children 5 – 6 years old.

Wings on Words (WOW) Summer Day Camp

This intensive five-week camp is designed to boost young children’s speech, language and literacy development. This innovative program includes individualized and small group speech and language therapy for children with speech or language delays or the struggling early reader. Instead of losing valuable instructional time in the summer, children enrolled in camp make impressive gains in speech, language, and pre-academic skills – and have great fun in the process! The staff includes experienced, certified teachers and speech-language pathologists and graduate student clinicians providing a low (1:4) staff-to-child ratio.

Camp fills up quickly so plan ahead – enrollment begins in March!

The Wings on Words (WOW) Programs:

The WOW facilities are located at 202 E. Speedway, just 6 blocks west of the University of Arizona. WOW’s programs are licensed by the State of Arizona, DES Qualified, and accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC). Public service discounts are available for government employees, teachers, and UA students, faculty, and staff. Income-based tuition subsidies and therapy scholarship are available based on a demonstrated financial need.

School Year Programs (August – May)


WOW provides a full and part-day preschool program, Monday – Friday, for children 3 – 5 years of age. WOW’s goal is to provide children with a strong foundation for learning. The preschool’s enriched language- and literacy-based curriculum emphasizes oral language development. This is key to future success in reading and writing (which depends on strong oral language skills), and because good communication skills foster self-esteem and social success. Speech and language therapy is provided (when needed) as an integral part of the WOW program. For more details, see the WOW Program Handbook.


WOW also provides a full and part-day program, Monday – Thursday, for 2 ½ – 3 year olds, called ToddlerU. This exciting, small group program emphasizes talking, listening and understanding. Together with parents, each child’s strengths and needs are assessed and integrated into meaningful and appropriate activities. A team of two teachers and an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist work with children individually and in small groups in active indoor and outdoor learning environments.

UA-Scottish Rite Clinic

Free speech language screening is available by appointment for children 2 ½ – 8 years of age.  Speech language evaluation and therapy services are also available on a fee-for-service basis for 30 or 60 minute sessions, Monday – Thursday, 2 – 5 p.m.

Children’s Speech-Language Clinic

Speech-language pathologists provide intake evaluations for children interested in attending any of Wings on Words programs. These clinicians also provide speech and language therapy for children with delays in this area that is integrated into a child’s preschool or ToddlerU experiences.


Screening is used to determine if a child’s speech and language skills are developing as expected and whether a more in-depth evaluation should be completed.

Diagnostic Evaluation

A diagnostic evaluation includes an in-depth evaluation of a child’s speech and language skills. This includes a determination of whether the child performs as well as other children his or her age in terms of:

  • Speech Sounds – pronouncing individual sounds (articulation) and producing sounds in words and sentences (phonology).
  • Vocabulary – understanding and using an age-appropriate number of words to express basic concepts and ideas.
  • Grammar – putting words together to form sentences
  • Language Use – using language to reason, problem solve, and communicate with others to express wants and needs.

In addition, the child’s speech will be screened to rule out problems with voice (for example, chronic hoarseness) or fluency (stuttering).

Note: All screening, evaluation, and therapy sessions are performed or supervised by speech-language pathologists who hold a Master’s degree and Clinical Certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The clinic serves as a service, research and educational training center. Thus, in most cases, a graduate student is involved in the services provided to children. These students are enrolled in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona where they are receiving course work and professional education.