Services

In addition to Individual Therapy and Evaluations, I provide a variety of unique speech and language oriented services. These include:



Speech Development Consultation

Are you concerned about your toddler’s speech and language development and wondering if your child is just a “late talker” or has a speech and language problem that should be addressed by a professional? Or do you have a preschooler who talks a lot but you (or grandparents and friends) don’t always understand him and you wonder if you should take him to speech therapy? Or are you concerned about your Kindergartener who still says “wabbit” for “rabbit” or “wove” for “love” and this is starting to impact her ability to spell words correctly and you would like to know how to best help her?

During a speech development consultation I will listen to you concerns, observe and interact with your child, and possibly do some brief formal testing depending on the child’s age and level of comfort during the session.

Immediate feedback will be given, including tips on how you can help your child at home. Specific recommendations for further evaluation/testing or therapy will also be provided, if needed. Depending on the age of your child and his/her needs, I will help you understand how to initiate a referral to GGRC (for children 0-3) or to your school district (ages 3 and up) as well as discuss private therapy options for all ages. 


Family and Caregiver Training

Training is an effective way to encourage family members, including siblings, grandparents and even close friends - as well as caregivers - to become active participants in the client's therapeutic process. Training provides them with the tools to help incorporate every newly learned or recovered skill into the client's daily life.


ASD Home Program Collaboration

Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and receiving  ABA or other intensive in-home interventions may benefit from a collaborative approach to speech therapy. Some of these children do well attending to individual therapy in a clinic or office, but most will do better if speech and language goals and activities are incorporated into their on-going home programs.

With over 10 years of experience working with children with autism, I like to offer families a combination of direct and indirect services provided in the home. During each visit, I typically spend some initial time observing the child and getting feedback from the home program staff regarding the child's recent gains and challenges. I then take time to work directly with the child while being observed by the parents and/or program staff. To wrap up the visit I share my impressions regarding on-going activities and make recommendations regarding new elements that can be potentially incorporated into the program according to the priorities set by the parents along with their program directors.

Visits may occur on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis depending on the child's needs and rate of progress.


IEP Consultations

Through IEP consultations I help parents better understand their rights and choices when working with their local school district. Based on the child's specific strengths and needs we discuss the pros and cons of the services most commonly offered by the school districts.


Before IEP meetings, I review the child's history and progress and help parents define short and long term goals for their children. These goals will guide us in the selection of appropriate services. Then - based on the parents personality and overall profile - we brainstorm on how to bring their "wish list" to the table on a positive and effective manner during an IEP. This will maximize the family's chances of being well received and supported by their district.


After the IEP meeting I review all related documents with the parents and provide feedback and recommendations for adjustments when appropriate.



Preschool Screenings

The first 5 years of life are the most vital for development of speech and language skills. Articulation or speech is the process by which sounds, syllables, and words are formed.  A child’s sounds/articulation develops as he grows and the majority of speech sounds should be correct by age 4. Although s/he may not use all the sounds of speech correctly, s/he should be intelligible to strangers.

A speech screening for children ages 3 through 5 can be set up at your preschool and provided for a nominal fee per child. The screening is typically done in the classroom or conference room during school hours. A brief summary of the observations are reported both to the parents and teachers along with suggestions and recommendations on how to best help children who may present with speech and/or language challenges. 


Wellness Coaching

People caring for some of our most challenging clients often need to be encouraged to also take the time to take care of themselves. Though coaching, family members and caretakers are guided thorough the process of becoming aware and attending to their own needs. By setting and meeting personal goals, parents and other caretakers are better able to maintain optimal levels of energy and move toward a more balanced life. 


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