There’s a classroom in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Penn., where the kids play and sing with the friends they have made. Laughter echoes off the walls adorned with artwork. They read stories aloud, have table time, engage in the latest STEAM activities, and follow the general curriculum.

It all sounds so familiar, doesn’t it? Well, this classroom is unlike any other. It’s a place where students enter the program unable to communicate and leave as little chatterboxes.

While immersive learning spaces are becoming a must-have for school districts, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s (AIU) Speech-Language program has been doing it for two decades....

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  • About the Author:

    Eddie Phillipps is a freelance writer and photographer for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, based in Pittsburgh, Penn. Throughout the past two decades, he has written articles and taken award-winning photographs for major metropolitan newspapers, journals, and periodicals with a focus on education.