What We Do...
A basic 10-20 minute screening can be scheduled to look at the areas of articulation, comprehension and expressive language skills to determine the need for further assessment.
Individual screenings are available at the clinic by appointment only.
Group screenings can be scheduled for 5 or more children on site at private schools, childcare centers, etc.
We begin our assessment process with a detailed background questionnaire and information request process. This is done to give us as much background information as possible in order for us to be prepared to best assess the children when they arrive for the evaluation session. Thorough and detailed information provided prior to the evaluation session is greatly appreciated.
Our initial assessments are done as a team. Two speech-language pathologists observe a child’s communication abilities using a combination of parent interview, play assessment, standardized testing, informal assessment of various skills, teacher/caregiver questionnaires/interviews, observation of peer interactions at school or in play etc. Parents are active participants in our assessment process. We seek out, listen to, and carefully analyze the reports, observations, and insights of parents and professionals who interact regularly with a child.
The initial evaluation is followed up by a detailed and extensive written report which describes in detail the evaluation session, results of any standardized tests which were completed, a determination of the need for therapy, and a treatment plan including individualized goals and objectives if warranted.
An appointment will be scheduled once the evaluation report is complete to review the report with the caregiver. This may take place during the child's therapy session or may be scheduled at a different time.
Individual Speech Therapy
Individual speech therapy sessions are 55 minutes in length.
Your child will be seen one-on-one for 45 minutes directly by a speech-language pathologist.
Then you will be invited into the session for 10 minutes of observation and "Parent Talk Time". This is a time when you will be able to see things that your child is learning during his/her speech therapy session and when you will be given "generalization assignments" for the week. This is also a great time to ask your therapist questions that you may have about your child's program.
Individual speech therapy sessions are designed to allow for children to achieve their speech and language goals in a very individualized speech session. The speech pathologist will plan therapy sessions with your particular child's goals in mind and chose materials that he/she will respond best to.
Peer Social Group Therapy
Utilizing social thinking and social cognitive strategies (by Michelle Garcia Winner and others) to improve the communication skills of children with their peers and other people around them. Both Amy and Melissa have attended extensive training in California at Michelle Garcia Winner’s clinic in her ideas and peer social group strategies. Please see Social Thinking's Intern & Mentor Directory.
We will complete a social-thinking assessment and then group your child with peers who are on a similar functioning level as him/her if possible. Groups meet one or two times per week and usually are made up of 2-4 children and 1-3 adults as facilitators.
Utilizing social thinking and social cognitive strategies (by Michelle Garcia Winner and others) to improve the communication skills of children with the people around them and a better understanding of themselves. We also focus a lot of time in therapy on understanding the perspectives of other people and how the actions of one person can influence the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of others.
Before your child begins social-thinking therapy they would participate in an extensive social thinking evaluation to assess where their strengths and weaknesses in this complex area lie. After testing is complete, you will be provided with an extensive report that you can share with your child’s school, other therapists, other caregivers, etc. that will detail his/her strengths and weaknesses in the social-thinking domain.
Amy and Melissa have attended extensive training in California at Michelle Garcia Winner’s clinic in her ideas and peer social group strategies. Please see Social Thinking's Intern & Mentory Directory. Melissa and Amy work hard to train the entire staff and families in these principles and strategies so that carryover can be consistent throughout the clinic and homes
We believe in ongoing, regular assessments as part our treatment. We evaluate each child's progress and the appropriateness of our treatment plan and strategies during each session.
We conduct regular re-evaluations and write reevaluation reports/treatment plan updates at least every 6, 9 or 12 months. We do not believe that formal standardized tests are necessarily the best way to evaluate children's abilities, so instead we use a combination of techniques including parent interview, play assessment, standardized testing, informal assessment of various skills, teacher/caregiver questionnaires/interviews, observation of peer interactions at school or in play etc. to complete the reevaluation.
We will have caregivers complete a reevaluation questionnaire at the time of the reevaluation. This will help us determine what changes the caregiver has seen at home. We will also often have teachers and/or other caregivers fill out questionnaires to get their opinions as well.
Following the completion of testing and assimilation of information, a detailed report and updated treatment plan will be written and reviewed with the caregiver. An appointment will be scheduled following the reevaluation to review the report with the caregiver. This may take place during the child's therapy session or may be scheduled at a different time.
We can coordinate plans of care with other agencies and professionals involved with your child. For example: CARD services, ARD meetings, psychologists, school visits, etc. .
Parent Training Sessions
Foster Positive Relationships
Work with Families