Making communication easier is the goal of our Speech and Language Therapists. Our therapists start with building a foundation of skills needed for the development of speaking, reading, and writing. They may start with oral-motor skill development for speaking or phonemic awareness for reading development. It may be that non-verbal communication is the goal. Whatever a child needs to experience successful communication while at play or school, our Speech and Language Therapists are experts at creating a recipe with the right ingredients for success.
Our specialists treat all children experiencing communication difficulties, including those with:
Auditory Processing Disorders
Apraxia Of Speech
Expressive Language Difficulties
Fluency Disorders (Stuttering)
Oral Motor Difficulties
Social Difficulties (Pragmatics)
Reading and Reading Comprehension
Receptive Language Difficulties
In addition to treating the above communication difficulties, our specialists also treat children with a variety of medical diagnoses, including those with:
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Cerebral Palsy (CP)
**Our approaches to therapy include, but are not limited to:
Alternative Communication (AAC)
AAC tools and devices aim to facilitate, supplement, or replace verbal speech.
Picture exchange systems, communication boards, choice cards, and speech generating devices are all examples of AAC options.
AAC isn't just for people who have motor impairments which limit their verbal speech. AAC can also be used for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays, or Cognitive Disabilities.
Language is represented across four modalities of listening, speaking, reading and writing. A child with a language disorder or language processing difficulty may show weakness in one or more of these areas. The Speech and Language Therapists at Abilities can help children with reading/writing difficulties by addressing the underlying deficit in language. Reading and Language Intervention emphasizes the construction of meaning through interaction with print to learn and recognize new vocabulary, expand use of sentence structure and grammatical markers and build comprehension skills for recalling, interpreting and reasoning about text.
The social language groups at Abilities target a variety of skills that are important for children to successfully participate in various academic and social environments. These social skills are key for maintaining appropriate interactions, cooperation, participation and enjoyment during group activities. Our social language groups consist of similar aged peers who are in need of direct and explicit instructions in these pragmatic language skills. Group members will learn skills through new vocabulary, role playing , social stories, visual demonstrations , interactive activities and cooperative play.