Do you feel like your child’s speech and/or language skills are not typical for their age? Are you concerned your child’s speech and/or language skills are not progressing at the same rate as their peers? Do you just want someone to answer your questions? A 30-minute consultation will do just that! Rachel provides families with information on speech-language development, common developmental disorders, and up-to-date treatment strategies.
Speech-Language Evaluation without report
Using both informal and formal standardized testing assessments; a thorough speech-language evaluation is conducted in order to determine a child’s need for speech therapy. Area’s include behavior observations, expressive and receptive language, pragmatic language, articulation, oral motor exam, and play skills.
Speech-Language Evaluation with report
Following an evaluation, a comprehensive speech-language report is written. Reports provide a detailed outline of your child’s current speech and language skills and highlight areas of concern using standardized testing norms. Families are educated on the evaluation results and report explanations. Parents often request these reports in order to assist in determining eligibility for state-funded services.
Speech Therapy for Toddlers
From ages 1-3, therapy focuses on expanding our little ones attention to toys, objects and people. Through play and meaningful interaction, a toddler’s vocabulary will grow from a simple babble or word approximation, into a 500 word vocabulary! While much of their speech is initially characterized by jargon (unintelligible speech), you will see an increase in speech intelligibility (amount of speech you understand) by the end of this time period. They will start by understanding simple questions, point to pictures, and eventually follow 1-2 step directions.
Sometimes our babies can be late to talk, referred to as late talkers. Speech therapy can enhance a toddler’s speech & language skill through a combination of modeling, repetition, music, visuals and basic play.
Speech Therapy for Preschoolers
A little bit of work, a little bit of play…
We are now little people! During ages 3-5, preschoolers are gradually increasing the length of their utterances. They will use & understand more complex language (pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, plurals, prepositions). They will begin to answer a variety of WH- questions and follow complex directions. Their sentence structure will start to resemble that of adult speech. Much of the jargon will disappear and become fully intelligible speech. Some preschoolers need a little push at this stage to master their speech sounds. It’s an excellent time to hone in on precise articulation as our preschoolers are now independent and social beings.
Therapy for preschoolers combines both unstructured and structured activities to enhance these skills. In preparation for school and other group activities, structured activities will improve their ability to use language in an academic setting. Unstructured activities will facilitate language in a naturalistic setting in order to build friendships and interact with peers.
Speech Therapy for School-age Children
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By ages 5-6, children will have mastered the majority of speech sounds in the English language. They speak in complete sentences, with multisyllabic words. They understand complex statements and questions. Children will begin to use higher level language for the purpose of inferencing, problem solving and other critical thinking skills.
However, we are only human. What comes naturally to some, doesn’t come as easy for others. Precise articulation is an important prerequisite for early literacy skills (e.g. phonemic awareness) and socialization. Expressive language and receptive language skills are essential for learning, reading comprehension, and socialization. It’s hard to think of a time when articulation and language skills are not essential! Speech therapy can focus on a variety of skills based on your child’s area of need.
Remote Speech Therapy Sessions
30-, 45-, & 60- minutes speech therapy sessions may be conducted via telecommunication (Skype, Face Time).
A little more information can go a long way! Please see our case history form to let us know more about your child so that we can best serve his/her needs.
Private pay is accepted. Speech Therapy service codes are provided for insurance reimbursement.