Autism Spectrum / Family Communication
Many children with autism spectrum disorders are seen in our centers. depending on the specific disorder and the child's response, an individual program is developed for each child utilizing approaches such as ABA, Lovass, Miller, Project TEACHH, PECS and Pivotal Response Therapy (Koegel). Services to these children include occupational therapy, communication therapy and behavior therapy, and physical physical therapy as needed.
Social Skills Groups
Social communication is addressed in small group programs to enhance effective and appropriate communication with peers and adults. Goals emphasize turn-taking, task completion, sequencing, cooperation, responsiveness, non-verbal communication and conversational strategies.
Individual and strategy groups focus on self-regulation, impulse control, cognitive problem solving, social skills, self-esteem and organizational skills.
Sensory Integration Treatment
Sensory integration treatment enhances a child's ability to organize information received through the senses. Touch, smell, hearing, vision, movement and position in space are necessary for a child to pay attention and respond in learning enviroments. Sensory integration techniques are assessed and utilized in therapy sessions.
Aural/Oral Habilitation Treatment
Children with hearing impairments have unique communication needs and require special services. This program provides communication evaluations, treatment and auditory training for children who utilize hearing aids and chchlear implants.
Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention
The Beckman protocol uses specific intervention strategies to improve facial and intra-oral muscle function for eating and speech. While typical oral motor therapy is controversial in our field, the Beckman Approach is widely accepted and researched. Many children in our practice have benefited greatly from its use.
Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding
The SOS program is designed to evaluate and treat children with feeding, growth and weight difficulties. It integrates sensory, motor, oral, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors and is grounded in philosophy of "normal" developmental feeding. Children with feeding tubes, Down's Syndrome and on the Autism Spectrum greatly benefit from this intervention.
Language/Literacy/Auditory Processing Disorders Agenda
Difficulty is learning to listen, speak, read or write can result from problems in language development. Problems can occur in the production, comprehension, and awareness of language at the sound, syllable, word, sentence and discourse levels. Children with reading and writing problems may also experience difficulties in using language strategically to communicate, think and learn. (ASHA, 2005) Our program for these children is designed to assess auditory processing, phonological awareness, reading skills and attention. We then develop a therapy program for the child, make recommendations for the local school system, or make appropriate referrals to other professionals.
Applied Behavior Analysis
The Speech, Language and Learning Center provides contracted services with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst to provide treatments to children with autism and other disabilities that may cause behavior problems. These programs are evidence-based and data-driven meaning that the methods are used scientifically proven to be successful and that the child's progress is tracked carefully during intervention with data kept by parents and clinicians. Individual therapy plans combine verbal behavior therapy, play-based learning, discrete trial training, PECS, and pivotal-response training in a natural play and life setting.