Interested in learning how to facilitate speech-language strategies in your school or child-care program? Do you have children in need of services? Reach out to discuss how speech-language sessions can be provided through school contracts.
Parent & Staff Workshops
Interested in hosting a parent workshop for your student’s families? Are you a corporate office that would like to support the parents in your staff? Reach out to discuss what topics would best meet your group’s needs.
Wondering if your child’s speech and/or language skills are typical? Is your child progressing at the same rate as their peers? Over Zoom, Rachel provides families with information on speech & language development, and strategies to use within the home.
Initial Consultations (Informal Assessment)
Using informal measures and assessments, a written summary is provided including your child’s current skills, recommendations, and speech-language facilitation strategies.
Formal, standardized testing and informal evaluation methods are used to analyze all areas of speech and language development (e. g. adaptive behavior, pragmatic skills, play skills, expressive and receptive language, articulation skills). A comprehensive report is provided; thoroughly outlining your child’s current functioning, diagnosis, recommendations, speech-language facilitation strategies, and a treatment plan with therapy goals.
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-minute speech therapy sessions may be conducted via telecommunication (Skype, Face Time).
A little 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/they needs.
Private pay is accepted. Speech Therapy service codes are provided for insurance reimbursement.