Move Play Talk! offers services for children with varied diagnoses including: Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cleft Palate, Fluency Disorders, Brain Injury, Developmental speech/language delay, Hearing Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and Myelination Disorders. I also have experience with children who demonstrate feeding difficulties, sensory processing differences, and/or social-emotional or behavioral challenges associated with communication delay.
I empower families and children by recognizing and supporting unique family cultures of activities, interests, and priorities. The family participates in assessment, goal planning, therapy, analysis, and reflective review. Dynamic assessment of cognitive-linguistic, social-emotional, and physical-sensory developmental domains supports the development and implementation of treatment plans based on the child’s participation level and interests. Therapy focuses on the communication skills necessary to build increasingly rich and complex relationships within each child's family, community, and peer groups.
An initial evaluation is conducted during the first session in your home to determine current speech and language skills. Sessions focus on your child’s goals within motivating play and activities that are familiar to you and your child. We can also arrange to meet in a community setting to problem solve or practice skills in the real world. Within the larger framework of relationship building, I draw on a variety of approaches to teaching communication such as social interactional models that emphasize following a child's lead as well as traditional behavioral strategies. I use visual systems, sign language, music, sensory, and gross motor play to support speech and language practice. I also teach speech sound production using the PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) approach.