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.

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:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Aspergers Syndrome
  • PDD-NOS
  • Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder
  • Social Cognitive Disorder
  • 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.

  • SCERTS®
  • Relationship Development Intervention® (RDI)
  • Social Thinking®
  • Story Grammar Marker® (SGM)
  • Positive Discipline
  • Language of Emotional Regulation
  • Developmental Normative Data for Evaluation and Treatment
  • Behavioral Supports