What is Speech Therapy?
Speech Therapy focuses on receptive, expressive, and social language communication, both physically and cognitively.
How is Speech Therapy Used at Barrett?
Barrett Family Wellness Center, Inc. offers a multi-disciplinary approach to speech therapy, which is also beneficial for children with additional sensory based concerns. A language-based approach will foster more effective communication with others.
Our Speech and Language Department assesses and treats children with a variety of communication delays/disorders including those children diagnosed with PDD/Autism, Asperger’s, receptive and expressive language delays, speech sound disorders including articulation and phonological issues, social/pragmatic difficulties, and feeding and oral motor difficulties.
Following an initial speech and language assessment, therapeutic intervention may be recommended to treat your child’s delay or disorder.
Our Services Includes the Following:
- One to one therapy which allows for specifically designed programs to address the child’s needs including targeted goals, customized therapy length, and home work assignments to promote use of skills outside of the Center.
- Therapeutic tasks may involve new skills (e.g. how to produce a new sound), reduced behaviors that interfere with communicative intents, use of augmentative or alternative means for communication, or training parents on a variety of treatment strategies.
Treatment techniques are determined based on a child’s need and skill level, motivation and progress. Some examples used are:
- Drill and practice
- Cognitive play
- Child-led / clinician-led play
- Casual conversation
- Sensory gym activities (e.g. swing, zip-line)
- Fine motor room activities (e.g. painting)
We also have staff trained in PROMPT, which is a multi-sensory and dynamic assessment and treatment approach designed for children with moderate to severe speech and sound disorders such as childhood apraxia of speech.
Parent reports are relayed verbally following each treatment session as to what happened that session and areas that can be practiced during that week. Therapists are also available by email to answer questions you may have during the week.
For more information, please click on topics from the following list:
- Speech and Language Assessment
- A Speech Therapy Formal Evaluation / Second Opinion
- Assistive Technology
- School Speech Therapy vs. Outpatient Therapy at Barrett
- Social Groups