Speech – Language Therapy at Arbor Psychology Group
Speech-Language services at Arbor Psychology Group include assessment and evaluation, generation of treatment goals, and therapy for a range of concerns, including:
- Articulation Disorders
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- Developmental Delays
- Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders
- Fluency Disorders (Stuttering)
- Nonverbal Learning Disability
- Phonological Disorders
- Pragmatic & Social Language Disorders.
Speech-Language Therapy at Arbor Psychology Group includes 3 main areas
Speech therapy focuses on the sounds of speech- how to articulate/pronounce sounds and words, reduce stuttering and lisps, and how to modulate tone of voice.
Language therapy focuses on how to use language effectively, such as what words to say (expressive language) and how to understand what is being said (receptive language).
Pragmatic language or social language refers to how language is used within social settings. Therapy focusing on social pragmatics teaches the unspoken rules of communication. It targets eye contact, understanding and using appropriate facial expressions and body language, how to take turns in conversation, how close to stand to others. Kids learn how to change the way they speak based on the context. For example, kids should speak to teachers differently than how they speak to their friends. Pragmatic language also includes understanding inferences, sarcasm, and humor.
How does our speech-language therapist work?
Arbor Psychology Group’s speech-language therapist uses a strengths-based approach and engages children based on their interests. She has spent the majority of her career working within the schools, so she is very familiar with how to support current IEP goals & objectives as well as supporting communication outside of the school context.
When working on speech, she focuses on core vocabulary that is meaningful to that individual child and uses a scaffolded prompting hierarchy to improve speech production.
When working on language, she focuses on functional communication, core vocabulary, and teaching effective strategies to improve interpretation and expression across the reading, writing and verbal modalities.
When working on social pragmatics, she works one-on-one with kids or in small and large group environments using a combination of structured, taught skills and coaching kids during unstructured social interactions.
APG’s speech-language therapist draws from several evidence-based interventions including strategies from the Social Thinking Curriculum, Floor Time and More Than Words – Hanen Program. Our overall objective in speech-language therapy is to empower clients to effectively communicate in their everyday life.
If you have concerns about your child’s speech, language, or social development- please contact us to discuss these concerns with our Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist.