Driving communication development with purposeful play and learning
As communication specialists, we coach both the parent, a child’s most important speech and language model, and the child. For most children, communication develops when purposeful parents and caregivers create meaningful interactions for a child’s speech and language exploration in daily life.
When communication development is delayed, it is essential for adult guides to create positive daily interactions in real world activities where children can test and try their emerging skills. This is especially critical for children on the autism spectrum. To encourage growth in children with speech and language disorders or autism spectrum disorders, our speech language pathologists teach parents the “what, when, where, and how” of communication so what is learned in the child’s therapy can be used every day with the family.
Communication skills grow when therapists and family work together
In the same way a plant needs water, sunlight and rich soil to grow tall and strong, a child needs opportunities to practice and explore new communication skills with supportive guides in a multitude of real world settings. Our experienced speech language pathologists help parents with special needs children learn how to model, guide and encourage the communication skills that their child is acquiring in therapy. A child’s success in communicating in a variety of safe environments gives them confidence that will carryover in other aspects of the child’s life, regardless of the impact of deficits caused by disorders such as apraxia, autism or Asperger’s syndrome.
Communication grows in developmental steps
As experienced speech language professionals, we evaluate and guide parents through the necessary developmental steps for their child. We work with parents to determine the pace that is needed for each child to progress to the next step in the developmental pathway.
Positive experiences for children build competence and resilience and a willingness to try new things. Knowing the developmental steps and setting the correct pace in achieving these milestones, means our speech language therapists are uniquely qualified to help children with ASD or speech, language and social communication impairments. As we help children, families have positive communication experiences.
No need to travel Autism journey alone
A diagnosis of autism impacts the entire family. Whether parents just found out or it has been years since they were first told about the diagnosis, having an experienced guide to walk the journey with them is invaluable. Our specialists in autism spectrum disorders help parents develop early relationship skills in their everyday life with the entire family. For a child with ASD, a simple glance or sharing a facial gaze opens so many opportunities in early communication development between a parent and child- regardless of the child’s age. Seemingly small steps can change life for everyone in the family, balancing the needs of the marriage, siblings and progress for the child on the autism spectrum. Our experts provide real world problem solving specifically designed for each family.
Customized treatment plans tailor-made for you and your child
Our speech and language services are unique, as we combine collaborative treatment and today’s technology to provide parents with the tools for helping their child experience communication success. Our therapists recognize that every child and family learns and grows in different ways and our treatment plans are tailor-made for individual families.
A treatment plan may consist of any combination of direct therapy, parent education, parent coaching, video observations and written video feedback as tools to grow richer communication for children with autism spectrum disorder or speech and language impairments. Both parents and children may be provided individual and mutual objectives. As objectives are met, parents and children alike gain competence and move closer to speech, language and social communication success.
Homeschool support for special needs children with communication impairments
Communication deficits impact academic learning, particularly in the area of reading and language arts. When parents find themselves ready to home school their special needs child because of their unique needs, teaming with speech language pathologists will greatly benefit their home school efforts. From our monthly parent consultations providing thematic developmental maps, to one-on-one speech language treatment sessions, a custom plan to improve speech, language and social communication skills will support a family’s academic programming.
Communication Services in Alpharetta and Johns Creek
As speech language pathologists we evaluate and treat speech, language and social communication impairments associated with the following delays and disorders:
- Articulation Disorder
- Phonological Processing Disorder
- Apraxia of Speech
- Motor Sequencing Disorders
- Auditory Processing Disorders
- Receptive and/or Expressive Language Disorder
- Reading Comprehension Disorders
- Listening Comprehension Skills
- Critical Thinking Skills
- Discipline/Behavior Skills
- Emotional Regulation Skills
We have great tools and are experts in using them
Our communication specialists have expertise with these evidence based tools and many more.
- Lindamood Bell Learning Processes
- Visualizing and Verbalizing®
- Seeing Stars®
- Story Grammar Marker®
- Kaufman Speech Praxis Evaluation and Treatment
- Positive Discipline
- Development of Critical Thinking Skills
- Language of Emotional Regulation
- Developmental Normative Data for Evaluation and Treatment
- Behavioral Supports
- Language Comprehension for Math Reasoning
- Phonological Awareness Treatment