SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY
Speech and Language Therapy is dedicated to developing the communication skills of children. Our Speech and Language Pathologists, who are certified by the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA), will work in conjunction with the child’s therapy team implementing and monitoring language, social and play goals set out in the individual therapy plan. Baselines will be established using assessment tools and appropriate goals will be selected from the following areas:
Through the use of specialized therapy designs and models, selected goals will be achieved using evidence-based practice. Alternative and augmentative communication tools, such as computers, sign language, pictures boards or the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) may be used to facilitate functional communication skills.
CEIMC and CLEMC takes pride in ensuring your child’s evaluation utilizes the most-up-to-date and valid assessment materials. A dynamic assessment comprising of standardized test administration and informal evaluations within the speech and language domains are conducted to make comparisons of your child’s speech and/or language development to those of his/her age-matched peers. Furthermore, it aids the clinician in determining if a delay or disorder exists. Once testing and observations (including speech/language samples) are completed, the clinician will develop a comprehensive written assessment report, which involves a thorough analysis and interpretation of the assessment results.
An extensive Parent Training is available and can be conducted by our Hanen ® Certified Instructor who has extensive experience working with young children and their parents. The programs will guide you in learning strategies that you can apply to your everyday life. Through the use of activities and group discussions, parents learn to create and take advantage of everyday opportunities to improve their child’s communication skills.
Group sessions will consist of 4-6 families of children who are struggling with developing and using language.
Our Speech & Language Department offers the It Takes Two to Talk Program, which is specifically designed for parents of children with language delays. In a comfortable small group setting, parents will learn how to build your child’s language skills naturally within everyday routines and activities. The program focuses on:
Our Speech & Language Department offers the More Than Words Program, which is designed specifically for parents of children ages 5 and under on the autism spectrum. The program provides parents with the tools, strategies and support they need to help their children reach their full communication potential. The More Than Words program does this by empowering the parent to help the child reach the following three goals:
1. Improve social skills.
2. Master the ability to engage in back-and-forth interactions.
3. Improve understanding of language.