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Speech Therapy Services

 Based on Strengths and Relationship Building

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Language Services

Language therapy can support children to better understand language and communicate their thoughts to others.

  • Receptive Language: Includes understanding words, concepts, sentences, and instructions

  • Expressive Language: Includes using spoken words and/or nonverbal communication to express thoughts to others.

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Includes any communication that is not verbally spoken such as gestures, sign language, written language, pictures, and speech generating devices.

  • Gestalt Language Processing: Children with this learning style tend to learn "chunks" of language with strong intonation rather than learning single words first. Gestalt language processing is natural, but children with this style who need language support require a different approach than traditional language therapy. This approach is called Natural Language Acquisition.

Speech Services

Speech therapy can support children to speak more clearly and be better understood.

  • Using articulators (tongue, jaw, teeth etc.) to produce sounds needed for speech

  • Using sounds in words, phrases, sentences and in conversation intelligibly

  • Difficulties with speech sounds can be due to different reasons including articulation, phonological, and motor speech disorders. A speech evaluation will determine the best approach and treatment plan

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Bilingual English-Spanish Speech Therapy

Therapy takes into account both English and Spanish during assessment and treatment

A comprehensive evaluation will determine if there is a language difference (therapy not recommended) or a language disorder (therapy often recommended).

Therapy supports both languages and considers many factors such as:

  • Which sounds exist in both languages and which ones do not

  • Similarities and differences in grammar and sentence structure

  • Which language is used in different settings with different people

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Animal-Assisted Intervention

Having a therapy animal present during sessions can reduce stress, increase focus, and boost mood.

How does does it work?

 When animal-assisted therapy is determined appropriate for a family, we will schedule a speech session with a therapy animal team which includes the handler and the animal. During the session, we'll include the therapy animal in different activities based on the indivdual's goals and needs. For example, we could work on direction following (i.e. "brush her back"). We could work on simple words like "ball" during a game of fetch. We could work on specific sounds such as /s/ in sit, stay, speak. The animal's close proximity could also simply be enough to create a calm, low-pressure environment.

Who are the therapy animal teams?

All therapy animal teams are registered with Pet Partners. The therapy animals (mostly dogs) have gone through extensive training, passed a test with their handlers, and are insured. Click here to learn about Pet Partners and the wonderful work they do!

AAI is not the best fit for everyone, but if your child or loved-one enjoys animals, I encourage you to ask me about it!  Click here to read more about supporting evidence.

* There is no additional cost associated with AAI

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