Early Language Development
Between birth and 3 years old, children are learning to use language. Their mouths are learning to form sounds and combine them into words. Some young children have oral-motor difficulties that prevent them from making sounds correctly, while others don’t begin to talk when their parents believe they should. Together with a parent, I will complete a series of assessments that will help us better determine whether your child is achieving developmental communication norms appropriately. If therapy is recommended, it will be conducted with parent and child together so that parents can take newly learned techniques and practice using them at home to illicit communication.
Language & Listening
A child’s primary job is going to school. When a child struggles academically (with listening, comprehending, talking) it can effect his self-esteem and personality. Using a variety of treatment techniques, I can help your child to become a better learner. We will begin with a comprehensive, neuro-developmental language evaluation to provide information about how your child’s brain is functioning for language tasks and academics. After evaluation, a plan will be developed detailing what goals should be addressed in therapy. I will then use research based treatment techniques to help your child meet these goals.
Reading success is closely tied to language proficiency. We will begin with a Language-Literacy Evaluation, which will assess your child's reading, language, and phonological awareness skills (understanding and using the sounds of English). Then, as part of weekly therapy, I will train both parents and children to use multi-sensory techniques to learn these foundational skills needed for proficient reading. By building vocabulary, phonological awareness, sound symbol association, rapid recall, and auditory memory we can help your child to improve his/her reading skills. In order to facilitate success, parents should be willing and prepared to work on target activities 3-5 times per week outside of therapy.
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