Services for Children

Our evaluations and therapy cover a wide range of areas. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Articulation/Phonological Processing - pronunciation of sounds, speech clarity
  • Language - understanding and use of vocabulary, concepts, grammar, word order, and social language; involves skills including listening comprehension, ability to follow verbal directions, verbal reasoning, ability to express oneself clearly in an organized manner, appropriate conversational skills
  • Voice - appropriate pitch, loudness and smooth quality of the voice
  • Fluency - stuttering
  • Oral-Motor/Apraxia - strength and coordination of the muscles of the mouth area; good oral-motor skills are needed for feeding and speech
  • Tongue Thrust - tongue pushes forward against teeth when swallowing
  • Auditory Processing
  • Dyslexia/Reading/Language Based Learning Disabilites
  • Written Language/Spelling
  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cleft Palate
  • Hearing Impairment/Cochlear Implants
  • Selective Mutism
  • Vocal Cord Dysfunction
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We provide in-depth diagnostic evaluations to determine if your child's speech, language and/or reading performance is within the expected range for his or her age and grade. The evaluation consists of a battery of standardized diagnostic tests as well as non-standardized testing and observation to gain a complete assessment of the child's abilities. Interpretation of testing is considered in conjunction with information about the child supplied by the parents. Following the evaluation, a parent conference is scheduled (without the child present) in order to give a complete explanation of the testing and our findings, and to make specific recommendations. If your child's performance is below expectation levels, speech/language therapy and/or reading intervention is recommended and goals/objectives for treatment are presented. A formal report is written following the parent conference and a copy is sent to the parents and to any other professionals upon parent request.

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Children are seen for treatment on an individual basis, usually for 30-60 minute sessions depending on your child's age and specific needs, as determined from the evaluation. Goals and treatment activities are individualized for each child. Games are often used to make learning more fun and to provide reinforcement. Homework is assigned when your child is ready to practice a skill on his/her own, but with the parent available to help.

Group treatment is occasionally recommended for children who need to practice their skills in a group setting. Intensive reading camps and language groups are offered during the summer.

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Parent Involvement

We believe parents are an important part of treatment. We encourage parents to observe your child's evaluation, either in the room (for very young children) or in an observation room where parents can watch and listen through the one-way mirror. During therapy, we again encourage parents to observe sessions and sometimes to participate in therapy directly. After each session, parents are given information about your child's progress during the session. Homework is often assigned between sessions to help your child make faster progress.

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