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Language Acquisition Preschool

Language Acquisition Preschool - A Preschool for All Children

The Language Acquisition Preschool (LAP) is a licensed program that serves children with and without communication disabilities. It is also a practicum placement site for students learning to use indirect intervention techniques within the classroom setting. Typically, one-third of each class consists of children with speech and language impairments, one-third have typical language development, and one-third are learning English as a second language. LAP is a three-hour a day, 4 day a week program (there is a morning class and an afternoon class serving 18 children in each class).The head teacher in the class is a speech-language pathologist, and the director of the program is Ana Paula G. Mumy, a trilingual speech-language pathologist. The preschool curriculum was developed in LAP and is described in three books: Building a language focused curriculum for the preschool classroom: Vol I: A foundation for lifelong communication, edited by Mabel Rice and Kim Wilcox; Building a language focused curriculum for the preschool classroom: Vol II: A planning guide, written by Betty Bunce; and recently published: Early literacy in action: The language focused curriculum, also written by Betty Bunce. All of these books are published by Paul H. Brookes.

Opportunities for KU students to participate in the Language Acquisition Preschool include:

  1. Practicum placement is typically 6 hours per week where students learn to provide indirect language intervention within the classroom setting during naturally occurring interactions.
  2. Volunteer placement in the class to learn about the curriculum and provide interaction with small groups of children
  3. Research Practicum
  4. Field Study experience in LAP

Contact Us

Language Acquisition Preschool Staff

Ana Paula G. Mumy


Sarah Jane Skiles



We have openings in our morning and afternoon class periods

8:30-11:30 AM

1:00 – 4:00 PM

Monday -Thursday

We are particularly looking for children who are typically-developing and who are learning English as their second language.

Please contact Ana Paula G. Mumy at

News and events

Nancy Brady recently participated in the First Summit Forum of China Higher Education of Speech Language Pathology at East China Normal University in Shanghai China. Dr. Brady is pictured with Dr. Qiaoyun Liu, the department head and associate Dean at East Normal. Dr. Liu was a visiting scholar at KU in 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a consensus for curriculum in Speech Language Pathology in China.

SPLH/IPCD Graduation Ceremony Information Page, May 18, 2019


Dr. Julie Washington is coming as the invited speaker on February 11, 2019: The Annual Betty H. Bunce Multicultural Lecture 

Dr. Holly Storkel leads a research project aimed at developing effective interventions for kids with DLD called KAW Story. The project just earned a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to continue research with 60 Kansas kindergarteners across several school districts.

SPLH Professor, Holly Storkel, has been selected as Associate Dean for Academic Innovation & Student Success

SPLH Acting Chair, Nancy Brady, has been promoted to Professor by Chancellor Douglas A. Girod - Chancellor announces faculty awarded promotion and tenure for 2018

Three students received Undergraduate Research Awards for SPLH projects in the Spring 2018 semester!  Congratulations to Grace Carlson (mentored by Navin Viswanathan), Beth Fentress (mentored by Holly Storkel) and Bri Marsh (mentored by Jon Brumberg).

Ana PaulMumy's TEDxKU talk- Placing Value on Human Imperfection

Holly Storkel and Navin Viswanathan receive Friends of the Life Span Institute Investigator Awards in 2017

McKenzie Butcher is one of 13 students to receive Undergraduate Research Awards in fall 2017

Kate DeJarnette, a student in KU’s speech-language pathology program, walks us through why she chose to study augmentative and alternative communication.

Explore a degree in audiology or speech-language pathology at the University of Kansas

"The Impact of Parenting on Fragile X Syndrome" in "Research Features", UK online science magazine, featuring research by Steven F. Warren and Nancy C.Brady

KU to present University Scholarly Achievement Award to Nancy Brady on April 10, 2017

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