Pre-K language literacy program aims to prevent reading challenges in children ages 4 to 6

The UNT Speech and Hearing Center, located at 907 W. Sycamore St. in Denton, is now registering children for its Fall language and literacy enrichment program.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Dr. Theresa Kouri, principal lecturer and clinical director for speech-language pathology in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service (HPS) Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, and her team are using evidence-based multi-sensory and traditional educational practices that have been proven highly effective in preventing reading delays and strengthening pre-literacy skills. 

Dr. Kouri says the testimonials from parents speak volumes.

“One parent from the past year’s program said, ‘My child now writes messages and letters every day. She is wanting to learn and practice letter, writing, and speech. She asks about letters and how to spell words. The amount she has learned during this academic year is incredible.’ This is what we strive for with our children,” Dr. Kouri said.

The program will provide small group and individual session activities two mornings per week – either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday – beginning Sept. 12 for children ages 4 to 6. The program will target early-language and literacy concepts, phonemic awareness, print awareness and other literacy skills necessary for a successful transition into kindergarten and first grade educational curriculums.

Classes are from 9:30 a.m. to noon depending on a child’s programming needs and, in most cases, preschool registration fees will be waived due to generous grants provided by the Scottish Rite and Caplan foundations. To register or for more information, call (940) 565-2262 or email Dr. Kouri at