Services include independent consultation, evaluation and treatment for infants, toddlers, children and adolescents, for:
Articulation and Phonological Disorders/Apraxia
Some children are difficult to understand or sound younger than they really are. Their unclear speech can be caused by difficulties with motor planning, by weakness of some parts of the mouth, by poor production of certain sounds or by use of immature speech patterns. Evaluation is performed through the use of standardized tests, combined with systematic observations performed during conversation or while playing with your child. Pace and choice of treatment approach are "custom-made" for each child. Some therapeutic approaches are very systematic, while others are embedded in play interaction. The main goal of intervention is to increase your child's intelligibility, allowing him or her to participate fully in social interaction.
Auditory Processing Disorders (APD)
APD refers to difficulties processing and making sense of what we hear. APD signs can be subtle but can have an important effect on learning. Audiologists test for APD in controlled conditions, to assess how the auditory signal is transferred from the middle ear through the brain stem to the cortex. Using a battery of tests as well as teachers' reports, speech-language pathologists test the impact of APD on learning. Treatment includes a combination of skills training and compensatory strategies that will improve your child's learning skills, while his or her auditory system continues to mature.
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Asperger syndrome
ASD affect all aspects of language, play skills, and social interaction. A thorough evaluation of social interaction skills, communication skills and play skills, performed in various settings, leads to a decision regarding the most appropriate therapeutic approaches. You, as parents, are full partners in this evaluation process as well as in the therapy itself. Efficient collaboration between your family, the teachers, the therapists and other professionals involved with your child is essential to ensure progress.
Expressive and/or Receptive Language Disorders
Language disorders refer to difficulties expressing ideas, thoughts, and feelings and/or understanding other people. These problems can affect speaking and understanding, as well as writing and reading. The use of standardized testing combined with observations performed during play (for young children) and/or conversation provides a precise and comprehensive assessment of strengths and weaknesses. Therapeutic approaches and therapeutic goals are based on the results of this holistic assessment of your child's strengths and weaknesses.
Some children appear to start talking later then expected. Some of them are "late bloomers", while others are at increased risks for language disorders. It is very important for late talkers to be evaluated by a speech language pathologist, to understand the possible cause and to help you use the best possible strategies to help your toddler develop healthy communication skills.
Language and Learning Problems
of Children and Adolescents
- Difficulties learning in school sometimes stem from language problems. Those language problems can be subtle; they are not always identified early, and can affect both your child's learning abilities and his or her self-confidence. They can have negative ripple effects well into adolescent and adult years. A comprehensive assessment, including a thorough speech, language and hearing evaluation, and academic information from your child's teachers and therapists, are the first steps necessary to develop an appropriate holistic treatment approach. The intervention, using kids' and teens' academic and social interests, is designed to teach new learning strategies, to regain self-confidence, and to foster enduring motivation.
Some children and adolescents have difficulties navigating social interactions, have a hard time making friends, often misunderstand social cues, and overall feel lonely and misunderstood. They need to learn to explore, understand and use social interaction skills in a secure environment. Small social groups are regularly formed, allowing kids and teens to develop new social-pragmatic skills in a controlled environment.