LEAP-Language Empowers All People
Catherine (Kate) H. Gottfred, Ph.D. received her doctoral degree in speech-language pathology from Northwestern University in 1979, and founded LEAP; Language Empowers All People in 1986. She has teaching and clinical experience and has held numerous positions in the field’s state and national associations, including ASHA President in 2008 and ISHA President in 1986.
Dr. Gottfred has been cited with the following ASHA honors, Fellow in 1989, Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Outstanding Clinical Achievement in 1995, and the Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award in 2016. The Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association gave her fellow in 1980 and honors in 1989. Northwestern University School of Communications named her Merit Alumni of the Year in 2010.
LEAP is a non-profit organization dedicated to researched-based language and literacy development. Nina Smith, MA, CCC-SLP/MA, LD, is Executive Director and John Lybolt, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Research/Program Director. LEAP provides its evidence-based language and literacy development programs to children and youth; along with their families, care workers and teachers from high needs neighborhoods of Chicago. LEAP has developed Language-Wellness programs to enhance the communication, literacy, and learning skills of all. For instance, Beginning with Babble is LEAP’s mobile app for parents and caregivers with children from zero to four years old. The app reminds caregivers to interact with their children through a variety of developmentally appropriate stimuli and ideas. With written tips, audio prompts, and demonstrative videos, Beginning with Babble coaches caregivers to facilitate language-rich, back-and- forth interactions with their children. While Language for Scholars, provides Academic-Business English speaking and writing skills to 7th thru 12th graders while augmenting their knowledge and pride in their home dialects and languages. All of LEAP’s programs use the basic knowledge of SLP’s to provide all with the skills to succeed in school and in life.
Sunday, July 21
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM