What is the process to get started with therapy?

Initial Phone Contact:
This allows us to determine if an in-office visit is necessary. We treat each individual differently and recognize that each person requires a different approach. Sometimes we are able to give suggestions over the phone and if necessary follow-up at a later time.

Initial Evaluation Session:
The first meeting includes:
  • Informal Assessment:
    We will review background information and previous reports (if available). Additionally, assess the patient with direct and clinical observations.
  • Discussion of Our Findings
  • Determination of the Need for Therapy
  • Obtain a Baseline for Therapy:
    We will determine the patient’s current level of performance for treatment and follow the growth of progress with or without prescribed therapy. This is a critical part of the diagnostic process, especially for children who are borderline!
  • Recommendations (may possibly include):
    1) providing suggestions and re-checking at a later time;
    2) extending the diagnostic process using appropriate tests;
    3) when necessary, initiating effective treatment through therapy; or
    4) discussing whether additional referrals may be necessary.
Speech-Language Therapy:
General Overview of Therapy: We work together with each family and tailor our services to each child’s particular needs and goals. We determine factors which may be slowing down speech and language development and counsel parents on the next step to be taken (i.e., how they can participate in their child’s growth and development). We approach each case individually, and are therefore flexible in our approach to treatments. We offer methods to stimulate speech and language development, demonstrate speech and language techniques for home use, monitor a child’s progress with various time intervals, and provide traditional therapy with the most current therapeutic techniques.
Session with the Patient: The individualized sessions are designed to serve each client’s particular needs and goals. At SLS, we strive to create a trusting, safe, and fun learning environment. We want the children to achieve their goals outside of the therapy setting, so we make learning FUN! If appropriate, we use a multi-sensory approach, which may include active or calming activities.
Parent Involvement: We believe parents play a crucial role in children’s therapy carryover techniques.

As such, we generally include a ten minute follow up consultation at the end of each therapy session. During this time, we summarize the session, outline progress, and discuss skills that need to be further developed at home.

Parents are encouraged to be involved and updates are provided over the phone for parents who are unable to attend sessions.
Most Common Conditions We Treat:
  • Language Delays/Disorders
  • Articulation Disorders
  • Phonological Disorders
  • Oral Motor
  • Verbal Apraxia
  • Speech Delays/Disorders
  • Developmental Delays
  • Early Intervention
  • Stuttering/Disfluency
  • Tongue Thrusting/Lisp
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Voice Disorders
  • Selective Mutism
  • Accent Reduction