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Speech and Language Therapy Services
Speech therapy services benefit children with articulation delays, phonological disorder, auditory processing disorders, language delays, and social skills difficulties. Our therapists have experience working with children with a variety of disorders including down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder, auditory processing disorder and learning disabilities. These services are overseen by Nicole Orellana.
Occupational Therapy Services
Occupational therapy services work with children and young adults to help them improve participation in everyday activities. Occupational therapy services benefit children who have sensory dysfunction, gross and fine motor delays, handwriting deficits, executive functioning deficits and visual/perceptual deficits. They have experience working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder and developmental delays.These services are overseen by Angela Liston.
Applied Behavior Analysis Services
ABA services provide instruction to children and young adults who have skill deficits in a variety of areas; these areas in include communication, behavior management, play skills, academics, self help skills and vocational training. ABA therapy services are either provided by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst or supervised by one. In cases where the Behavior Analyst is supervising the program, highly qualified ABA instructors implement the programs. These services are overseen by Kimahni Peele.
Handwriting Without Tears
Handwriting Without Tears is a proven, multi-sensory approach to teaching children how to write.
PROMPT (PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) from "Technique Level" and "Bridge Level" therapists
PROMPT is a technique to help those who struggle articulating sounds and sounds sequences, in particular, but not exclusive to, those diagnosed with Apraxia of Speech. PROMPT therapy provides "tactual sensory information (in addition to auditory and visual), to support and develop speech-motor functioning leading to improved communication functioning across all domains." (taken from https://promptinstitute.site-ym.com/).
The Hanen It Takes Two to Talk® Program is designed specifically for parents of young children (birth to 5 years of age) who have been identified as having a language delay. In a small, personalized group setting, parents learn practical strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout their day together.
What does the Hanen certified SLP provide?
Over the course of the 12 week period, the SLP leads 2.5 hour weekly parent training groups of 6 to 10 families. The therapist will teach Hanen strategies for encouraging language development through dynamic, engaging sessions in which families practice strategies and develop a plan for how to incorporate these strategies into their daily routines. Videos will be used and the SLP will teach families how to problem solve and make the most of their child’s early years to develop better communication and language skills.
In addition to individualized feedback provided during the group sessions, the SLP will meet individually with families and their child for 3 sessions. During these individual feedback sessions, the SLP will provide specific, individualized support and coaching to help each family incorporate learned strategies into their everyday routines.
What is the cost? Are there any funding sources?
The 12-week program costs $1500.00. The 3 individual feedback sessions may be submitted to insurance for reimbursement.
Pre-K Play and Learn Group for Ages 4-6, Wednesdays 10:30-12:30
Our preschool playgroup will be fun and educational; led by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Speech Therapy Assistant with over 15 years of experience each in their respective fields. Our groups will encourage active engagement by capitalizing on individual strengths and providing scaffolding and support for more challenging skills. The groups will focus on joint attention, communication, play, and transitions. More specifically, based on the needs of the group, we may address: sitting with a group, following directions, labeling, commenting, play and conversational turn-taking, following a schedule, transitioning, and expanding play repertoires. These skills will be taught in the context of highly structured activities such as circle time, sensory- motor activities, story time, musical activities and lunch. For children not already enrolled in a preschool program this will help teach the skills necessary to be successful in a school setting. For those already enrolled in school, this group will help reinforce, generalize and expand on their school based skills. We will be using a combination of Natural Environment Teaching (NET) and trial-based teaching to achieve our goals. Children will need to bring lunch. For children who use augmentative communication systems we will require that you bring these to the group. We ask that children and their parents meet with a therapist prior to starting the group so that we can discern their needs.
*The group will run for 8 weeks with a 1 week break before resuming for another 8 weeks.
*Payment – The cost for 8, 2 hour sessions is $800.00, with partial payment (50%) due at the 1st session and the balance due at the 4th session.
*Cancellation policy – We understand unexpected things come up, however a successful group depends on full participation from all attendees. The Children’s SPOT, Inc. will
refund or credit your account the cost of 1 session per 8 week block.
Contact Holly Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Thinking TM and Play Groups
Social Thinking TM groups are organized by age and ability. Groups include the following topics from the Social Thinking Curriculum: expected vs unexpected behaviors, thought bubbles/weird thoughts, how my behavior influences how people feel about me and how their feeling about me make them treat me a certain way, big problems vs little problems, flexible thinking and "social detective"- looking for clues to determine how people feel and what they are thinking about and much more. There will be hands on games and activities as well as group discussions. Specific topics and activities will vary based on the needs of the individual participants.
Play groups are also organized by age and ability. These groups utilize some of the Social ThinkingTM foundation concepts with an emphasis on interaction through hands on activities and games. Specific topics and activities will vary based on the needs of the individual participants.
Groups run in 6 week blocks or on a rolling schedule depending on the group. Participants and their parents will meet with a therapist prior to starting the group so that they can be placed appropriately and so that the therapist can discern their needs.
In addition to the groups, Social Thinking TM vocabulary and techniques are also weaved into speech, OT and ABA programming where appropriate for individual clients.