What is Speech Therapy?
Areas of concerns may include
- Receptive/Expressive language – difficulty in understanding and/or using language (e.g., limited vocabulary, difficulty putting words together to communicate ideas)
- Speech sound production – difficulty producing or pronouncing sounds appropriately
- Fluency (i.e., stuttering) – interruption in the flow of speech
- Resonance/Voice – problems with pitch, volume, or vocal quality
- Cognitive communication – difficulty with communication skills that involve memory, attention, perception, organization, and problem solving
- Social communication – difficulty responding to and using language in socially appropriate ways to interact with others
Speech therapy assessments and treatment programming are provided by a licensed Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP). An SLP is a professional educated in the study of communication disorders, who holds at least a Master’s degree and a Certificate of Clinical competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. At ABS our speech team also includes qualified and trained Speech/Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs), who may implement ongoing treatment under the supervision of the SLP.
We provide speech therapy at the following offices:
What Makes Speech Therapy at ABS Different?
At ABS, speech therapy can be an integral part of your child’s overall treatment program. We take a team approach, with consistent collaboration with ABA and other clinical providers. This ability to provide speech services as part of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary plan sets us apart from other providers, and provides an exceptional standard of care. Our shared expertise allows us to incorporate ideas and treatment strategies across disciplines and settings.
What a Parent Can Expect?
Most often, speech therapy sessions are scheduled weekly, but other options are available to fit the needs of the client and family. Specific goals are set and data is kept, recorded and analyzed so that progress can be monitored and shared. During a session, the therapist will work one-on-one with the child in a variety of play and skill-based activities. Sessions are fun and individualized to meet the child’s developmental level and specific needs. Parental involvement is highly encouraged, whether it be in session or in implementing modeling strategies and conducting practice of skills at home.
Who Might Benefit?As a wrap-around clinic, with a strong ABA component, many of our clients are children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and as such our speech therapy providers are experienced in working with the specific needs of this population. However, speech therapy at ABS is available for children with a variety of speech and language needs.