Speech

Speech-Language Pathology services at Center for Speech, Language, and Learning Inc. encompass the assessment and treatment of many aspects of communication.

Assessment


Observation is the basis of Speech and Language Assessment. Assessment drives intervention so we complete holistic speech and language assessments, striving to understand each child fully in the environments where he/she lives and learns. We use the following assessment methods to complement this goal.

  • Parent, Teacher and Child Interview
  • SCERTS
  • I-LAUGH
  • SPELL-II
  • Dynamic Assessment 
  • Home and School Observation
  • Language and Speech Sample Analysis
  • Standardized Tests
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Devices to support the child in using visual symbols to communicate.

The SLPs at Center for Speech, Language, and Learning, Inc., have up-to-date training and experience in diagnosing communication disorders. When a family approaches us, they typically want to know whether the child’s symptoms mean that the child has a communication disorder, and if so, what will help their child develop and grow their ability to communicate. For children who work with us on a long-term basis, we complete re-evaluations yearly to demonstrate growth and recommend the next course of action.

The SLP diagnoses the following communication disorders using skilled observation of the child’s communication techniques and comparison with data on the communication development of other children of the same age and background.

  • Expressive Language, including grammar, vocabulary, language organization, late talkers, and nonverbal      individuals
  • Receptive Language, including listening and understanding 
  • Written Language, including spelling, punctuation, and organization
  • Phonological Awareness, a language-based cause of Dyslexia
  • Social Communication, with or without a diagnosis on the Autism spectrum or Asperger’s
  • Phonology, including intelligibility, articulation and speech sound accuracy
  • Fluency Disorder, including stuttering and cluttering
  • Reading Disorder, including decoding, encoding, and grammatical study of words
  • Any of the above communication disorders in children who have a bilingual or multilingual background.

For some children it is important to develop a team of professionals in order to achieve the most accurate differential diagnosis. The SLPs collaborate with the following professionals to help diagnose the following disorders that affect communication.

  • Audiologist: auditory processing disorder and hearing loss.
  • Neurologist: Rule out more involved neurological concerns.
  • Optometrist/Ophthalmologist: Vision related to reading and visual processing
  • Occupational Therapist: Sensory Processing, visual processing, sequential processing, executive functioning
  • Physician/Pediatrician: ADD/ADHD, anxiety, autism
  • Psychologist: social thinking and autism diagnosis, anxiety, ADD/ADHD

Intervention


Speech-Language therapy at Center for Speech, Language, and Learning, Inc. occurs through regular appointments and close family collaboration. The SLP, the child, and the child’s family are continually developing an intervention that is interesting, motivating, and enlightening for everyone involved. At parent request, we attend IEP meetings and medical appointments, and collaborate with other significant individuals in the child’s life.

The SLPs value above all else, being aware of the child and in tune with the child. This allows us to honor the child’s own personal learning process as we support it to address their specific challenges. It is our goal to develop each child’s self-regulated learning: their curiosity, their recognition of barriers to learning, their willingness to experiment, and their love of learning.

We respect each child by meeting the child however he or she is feeling or behaving that day. We are flexible in that we address the child’s communication goals by using the child’s experience and interest as a bridge to new learning. Our approach to intervention uses evidence-based methods that are considered best practice in our field. Through continuing education, we are highly trained in a variety of methods to assess and treat speech and language disorders. We are discerning in how we apply these methods.


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We Offer:

  • Family counseling related to disability
  • Extensive Parent library including books, DVDs, videos and handouts
  • Attend IEP Meetings (School) to support and advocate for children in the educational setting
  • Attend medical appointments when requested
    by parent
  • In-home support
  • Collaboration with schools, daycare, preschool professionals
  • Employment support for adults
  • AAC, PECS and visual support systems
  • Referrals to appropriate providers, if necessary