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Pediatric Speech & Language Therapy

AUTISM

GESTALT LANGUAGE PROCESSING

NATURAL LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

EARLY INTERVENTION

RECEPTIVE & EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE DISORDERS

LANGUAGE PROCESSING DISORDERS

CHILDHOOD APRAXIA OF SPEECH

PARENT OR PROFESSIONAL COACHING

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

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Comprehensive Evaluations that Look at the Whole Child

Before therapy begins, we invest time into getting to know your child, gaining their trust, and learning about their communication skills. This process includes completing a speech and language evaluation which typically includes a case history form, caregiver interview, dynamic assessment tasks, and/or standardized testing. If your child is a gestalt language processor, we may request home videos to get more information about how they use delayed echolalia and scripting to communicate.

 

After the evaluation, we will share our findings, explain your child's communication strengths and challenges, and work together with your family to set appropriate therapy goals. You will receive a copy of the report for your records.

A Neurodiversity-Affirming and Play-Based Approach to Therapy

At One-on-One Speech Therapy, we consider your child’s unique strengths, challenges, and sensory profile when designing treatment sessions. Our goal is to make therapy a positive experience by providing naturalistic communication opportunities that are aligned with your child’s interests! We help them learn new communication skills while engaging in movement activities because we know that children learn best when they are regulated. You will not find us doing boring speech drills at a desk! 

 

Our therapy approaches are informed by the latest research and clinical methods to ensure that your child reaches their fullest potential. We take data throughout the therapy process, and make decisions based on the progress that we see. We strongly encourage caregivers to be involved in therapy, as family involvement is vital to each child's success.

Language Development in Autism

Echolalia - Gestalt Language Processing - Natural Language Acquisition 

Many children diagnosed with autism are gestalt language processors–meaning that they use echolalia and scripting to communicate in the early stages of their language development. With advanced training in the Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) framework, we help your child gain communication skills by modeling them in natural ways. 

Using the Natural Language Acquisition Framework, we will help your child develop skills such as:

  • Learning new scripts to communicate

  • Combining scripts to form novel utterances

  • Using original, self-generated language

  • Improving language comprehension skills

  • Feeling understood and connected to others

Language Delays and Disorders

Late Talkers - Receptive Language Disorders - Expressive Language Disorders 

Children with communication challenges may have difficulty with understanding language, producing language, or both. Our therapy sessions focus on improving receptive and expressive language skills by building a child's understanding of the world around them.

Therapy will help your child: 

  • Increase their vocabulary

  • Combine words and use longer sentences

  • Produce grammatically correct sentences

  • Understand words and follow directions

  • Succeed in social and academic activities

Language Processing

Higher Level Language Difficulties

In the presence of normal receptive and expressive language skills, children may still experience a disconnect in their ability to derive meaning from what they hear. This results in difficulty with higher-level language tasks and can have an impact on academic performance and social skills.

Our therapy sessions will help your child:

  • Make inferences about past, present, and future events

  • Understand figurative language such as idioms

  • Comprehend multiple meaning words

  • Understand non-literal language and humor 

  • Enhance their academic performance

Speech Sound Disorders

Articulation Disorders - Childhood Apraxia of Speech - Motor Speech Disorders

Whether your child has difficulty making certain sounds, or combining speech sounds into words, they may experience frustration as a result of others not understanding them. We identify the speech sounds that your child needs support with and teach them where to place their tongue and lips for each sound.

Speech therapy sessions can help your child:

  • Produce sounds correctly 

  • Establish motor patterns for speech

  • Improve their speech clarity/intelligibility 

  • Improve reading and spelling skills

  • Communicate with greater confidence

Ready to Get Started?

Book your free consultation call with Farwa. She will answer your questions, discuss your concerns, and recommend the next steps fo you and your family.

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