Speech language pathology services that provide for the intervention and treatment of a variety of communication disorders, including cognitive aspects of communication (attention, memory, problem solving, executive functions), speech (articulation, voice, and fluency), receptive and expressive language skills, as well as pragmatic (social) language skills.
Private speech and language evaluations are available during after school hours. Please contact us if you wish to schedule a consultation.
A private language evaluation by our speech and language pathologist is administered if a student with a specific language impairment is enrolled in our school and updated data is not available. The student is provided language therapy with the speech/language pathologist as needed. Recommendations for language remediation for an individual with a specific language impairment are developed. This information is shared with the classroom teachers and recommendations are made. Teachers are made aware of the linguistic and metalinguistic ability levels required for the student to benefit from the daily instruction. Our speech and language therapist is available for assistance with modifications in the classroom.
Assessment and intervention may focus on various disorders of speech and language such as:
Students improve their ability to understand verbal and non-verbal cues such as body language and/or voice tonality. Students further develop their knowledge of labels for objects and classroom activities. Students learn through short, clear sentences and phrases and continual use of phrase. Concepts are introduced slowly with many practice examples and reinforcement activities. The same concepts and skills are taught in many situations so that skills will become generalized.
To further develop expressive language skills, students are encouraged to communicate with peers and adults. They are taught appropriate ways to verbally express need and frustrations. Additional time is allowed for students to respond to a question or a situation. Appropriate responses are encouraged and reinforced. Students continually learn new vocabulary terms and phrases as well as synonyms and antonyms.