Evaluations are individualized based on the child's age and areas of concern and consist of a combination of play observation, parent/guardian survey and standardized testing. Standardized testing may include administration of tests in the areas of receptive/expressive vocabulary development, language processing, articulation or fluency. A written report will be available upon request.
Evaluations for adults who have suffered a brain injury/stroke are designed to identify appropriate targets for rehabilitation and will include assessment of spoken language skills including articulation, fluency and word retrieval. In addition, written language and math and organizational skills may also be a focus.
Voice evaluations are usually completed upon referral from a physician and consist of a complete assessment of vocal quality as well as a survey of vocal habits. Patients should be prepared to discuss detailed medical history including medications which are sometimes found to interfere with the voice. The specialist will work in conjunction with the physician to maximize positive results.
We believe speech therapy should be fun but understand that for true change to happen, target skills must repeatedly practiced. For that reason, children will be fully engaged throughout each session using a variety of toys and games that foster work on targeted skills while feeling like play. We utilize a wide variety of materials from the latest Ipad apps to traditional flashcards always working toward positive outcomes.
We understand that stuttering is much more than just a "speech problem". For that reason, we treat the whole person and in the case of children, the whole family. This involves training both children and adults in fluency enhancing techniques but also educating the stutterer and family when appropriate about the nature of stuttering, latest research on causes and prevention as well as counseling. In treating stuttering, we often practice in real life situations and have been known to venture offsite for a more realistic experience.
A language based reading disability requires expertise not only in reading instruction but in understanding of language acquisition and phonemic awareness as well. That is why making speech pathology an integral part of the reading intervention program is key to success. With training in Lindamood-Bell learning systems and Wilson Reading Program, our specialist is highly equipped to help your struggling reader succeed.