We have specific training and experience working with children with Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, hearing loss, Developmental Delays, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, apraxia, articulation delays, Traumatic Brain Injury, fluency disorders, language delays, phonological delays, social communication delays, etc.
Sound errors can make a child’s speech difficult for a listener to understand. The underlying reason a child is having difficulty making or sequencing sounds will drive the therapy approach best suited for each child. The goal is to increase the child’s intelligibility (amount they are understood) by addressing the cause of the communication breakdown, and ensuring their message is understood.
Difficulty understanding language can be confusing and leave children feeling frustrated. Building capacity to understand language such as (questions, concepts, directions) can help children navigate their environments with greater comfort which in turn decreases their frustration levels.
Our voices are all unique. When a voice problem (e.g. hoarse or horse voice) occurs it can change the way we communicate. Vocal hygiene strategies can be taught to prevent problems and protect our vocal integrity.
Social interactions are the basis of human connection. Building relationships heightens the quality of our lives. Social skills such as self awareness and the ability to take another perspective are essential in developing and maintaining relationships.
Phonological Awareness / Pre-Literacy Skills
Phonological awareness is understanding how spoken language is broken down into its smaller parts, as well as how to hear and manipulate the sounds. Phonological awareness and other pre-literacy skills are the foundational building blocks to set children up to be successful readers.
Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC)
AAC includes the use of tools and strategies to assist individuals in expressing or clarifying their message. If a child is having difficulty being understood, but has much to share with this world AAC can support them and allow them to participate to their fullest extent.
Dysfluency / Stuttering
Stuttering may manifest in many different ways; many of which sound like “bumpy” speech, and can impact the ability to deliver their message. The goal is to identify the type of disfluency, and support the individual in feeling confident in their ability to communicate.
Using language effectively and efficiently provides children with power in their world. If a child’s expressive language is delayed or disordered it may cause their messages to be lost. Interacting with the ability to express wants and needs shapes their experiences in a positive way. Expressive language may look like spoken words, gestures, sign language, pictures or symbols and is used for many different purposes during shared experiences everyday. Requesting, refusing, labeling, describing, commenting, social routines, asking and answering questions, and sharing experiences/feelings are all skills needed to participate in conversations and interactions.