In addition to weekly individual therapy services, we provide the following:
Cochlear Implant Rehabilitation
The Speech Pathology Group has two staff members with special training in treating children with cochlear implants and hearing aids.
This service is currently available at our Walnut Creek Clinic site.
Early Intervention Services
The Speech Pathology Group endorses early detection of speech-language and hearing disorders by offering low-cost screenings to community preschool sites. We also provide parent/caregiver and professional in-service trainings upon request.
• Building Bridges (scheduled per parent request)
A workshop designed to help caregivers and families of infants, toddlers and children bridge communication gaps that may exist due to delayed language acquisition.
The workshop will focus on techniques families can use in the home and during naturally-occurring activities to facilitate language growth and improved social
language interaction. An experienced speech-language pathologist in the area of early language development will model appropriate linguistic structures,
foster vocabulary development growth, and expand language in natural environments. Participants will receive materials and activities they can take home
and immediately use in the home to make learning fun for the entire family. Upon request, staff trainings are available.
Phase 1: Infant/toddler population
Phase 2: Preschool/Pre K population
• Communication Power Hour (offered once per month)
A monthly parent and toddler group session where parents meet have an opportunity to learn about typical language development; ask questions about their own child’s speech and language difficulties; learn strategies and techniques to stimulate language development; discover ways to use toys at home in order to enhance play skills and promote early concept development; help improve social skills; and learn about community resources which may be suitable based on the family and child's level of need.
Let's make talking fun! SPG offers weekly fluency groups for elementary, middle, and high school students who stutter. Group sizes vary from 2 to 6 children or teens (depending on age and comfort level of participants). Groups will focus on understanding stuttering; exploring positive feelings, thoughts, and attitudes about speaking; and increase overall confidence communicating with peers and adults. Optional individual treatment sessions in conjunction with or separate from group treatment are also available.
Reading Intervention Services
The Orton-Gillingham Approach is an instructional method intended primarily for use with persons who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing of the sort associated with dyslexia. The method focuses primarily on decoding and encoding strategies and preliteracy skills.
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Consultation, assessment and direct treatment in clinic, school and community settings as needed. SPG licensed speech therapists utilize a combination of "best practice" behavioral therapy techniques to target increasing social comfort and communication across partners and settings.
Social Language Summer Adventure Camp
The Social Language Summer Adventure Camp is an opportunity for children with social language impairments to have shared positive experiences with peers within
therapist guided interactions both in and out of the clinic environment.
Clinic sessions focus on conversational skills, planning field trips, and problem solving any social or communication issues that may arise during field trips.
Community excursions are hosted by licensed, Speech-Language Pathologists with experience in teaching social skills and pragmatic language, and focus on pro-social skills such as turn-taking, polite requesting, perspective-taking, and interpreting nonverbal social cues.
Social Language Small Group Intervention
On-going weekly sessions of language therapy conducted in dyads and/or small groups with emphasis on perspective-taking, conversational skills
(topic initiation and maintenance, active listening), and appropriate nonverbal communication skills (e.g. eye contact, facial expression, and body posture).
Intervention also emphasizes social cognitive development through implementation of Michelle Garcia Winner's "Think Social" program.
Program includes initial consultation, parent meetings, individualized treatment plan, weekly sessions, school and/or community observations as needed.
Appropriate for children with autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders, nonverbal learning disability (NLD), and children with social-emotional problems.