Pediatric Speech & Language Therapy
GESTALT LANGUAGE PROCESSING
NATURAL LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
RECEPTIVE & EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE DISORDERS
LANGUAGE PROCESSING DISORDERS
CHILDHOOD APRAXIA OF SPEECH
PARENT OR PROFESSIONAL COACHING
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
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
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