Speech and Language Therapy
The therapy process follows a thorough assessment which enables the therapy to be focused on the child’s individual speech, language and communication needs. Parent participation is encouraged in order to maximize progress.*
Auditory Verbal/ Listening and Spoken Language Intervention (with parent participation)
This is a highly specialized therapy which equips parents with the skills to maximize their deaf or hard of hearing child’s speech and language development. The approach aims to stimulate auditory brain development and enables deaf and hard of hearing children to make sense of sound and to develop listening and spoken language skills, with a goal towards enjoying the same opportunities as hearing children. Parent participation is mandatory and aims to coach parents in the use of strategies that can be implemented 24/7. While this type of therapy is beneficial at any age, it is critical for babies who are just beginning to explore the world around them and for new listeners.*
Aural habilitation aims to assist with hearing loss/ deafness- induced deficits of function (speech and language), activity and participation (in all contexts- social, school, home, work etc.) and quality of life, through a combination of sensory management (collaboration with your audiologist), instruction (understanding your hearing loss, your devices etc), speech perception training, and counseling.*
Planning for a Person- Centered Life/Self-Advocacy Through Improved Communication
Person centered planning is an approach to forming life plans that are centered on the individual for whom they are built. Person centered planning is a discovery process used to search out what is truly important to and about a person and what capacities and skills that individual possesses. It is difficult for some individuals to express what is important to them for many reasons. Sessions are focused on helping the client/ child express their wants and desires in such a way that parents/ support team truly understand the client/ child. This information will then be available to implement a person- centered plan.*
Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD).
Although CAPD is diagnosed by an audiologist, it may affect listening and communication along with academic success and psychosocial wellness. Therefore speech and language therapy is often recommended. The goal of this therapy is to provide the individual with the ability to communicate more effectively. Improving acoustic access and communication requires an assessment of functional deficits first. Following that, specific recommendations can be made for intervention across settings. A team approach to treatment is often utilized.*
* Services are offered in office, in home or via teletherapy via HIPAA compliant platform.