Speech & Language Therapy
Speech therapy sessions are scheduled depending on the intensity of treatment required. Sessions can be scheduled from once per week for mild impairments and up to five times per week for more severe cases. Session lengths range from 60 to 90 minutes in duration, depending on the treatment goals and the child's ability to sustain attention.
Individual therapy sessions will focus on the following skills:
- Increasing expressive communication
- Following directions
- Improving speech clarity
- Enhancing conversational skills
At times, children require additional supports to understand language and communicate effectively. When implemented correctly, technology services can dramatically enhance communication skills and decrease frustration and aggressive behaviors.
In addition to speech and language therapy, the following services are available:
- Implementation of speech generating devices
- Support and follow through with Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
- Visual aids to support comprehension of vocabulary concepts, daily routines and following directions
Don't live in Los Angeles? Not a problem. Telepractice is quickly becoming recognized as an effective medium to deliver high quality therapy services. I typically use a hybrid approach where in-home therapy is supplemented with occasional check-ins via teleconferencing. It's also an excellent way to connect with parents regarding specific strategies they might be working on at home and answer any questions that arise.
SPEECH & LANGUAGE SCREENINGS
Are you worried that your child might not be meeting developmental milestones? Early intervention is crucial to prevent a child from falling behind. A speech and language screening allows me to discuss your concerns via teleconference and then implement trial therapy to determine if speech therapy is necessary.
Executive Functioning Skills
Executive functioning skills are the cognitive processes that allow our brains to function properly and learn new things. Often times executive functioning deficits can result in children who have a difficult time regulating their behavior and have challenges with learning. These deficits must be specifically targeted in order to unlock a child's ability to learn new information.
Individualized treatment programs are developed to address the following areas:
COGNITIVE FLEXIBILITY: a child's ability to sustain attention or shift attention appropriately during learning tasks.
When a child's brain is unable to sustain adequate attention they often miss out on numerous learning opportunities. Being able to filter out distractors and maintain attention is one of the most valuable skills a child can learn. When this area of functioning improves, you can expect to see rapid improvement in learning new skills.
WORKING MEMORY: a child's ability to remember and use information while in the middle of an activity.
Strengthening this skill allows children to begin processing more complex information and often leads to following directions more consistently, producing more sophisticated communication and engaging in more appropriate conversations.
INHIBITORY CONTROL: a child's ability to resist impulsive responses and regulate themselves in order to learn.
Being able to regulate impulses helps a child increase their ability to attend to a speaker, sustain attention and socialize more naturally with siblings and peers. Improving impulse control often allows a child to follow directions with more consistency and respond more appropriately in conversations.