Are you worried about your child’s language skills? Do you find your child has difficulty understanding what you are saying or expressing himself? Has your child’s teacher expressed concern about your child’s language development? The first step would be to have an assessment done with your child. This will give you a clearer picture of your child’s language strengths and weaknesses. A comprehensive language assessment includes an initial telephone consultation where we discuss reasons for concern and establish the need to conduct an assessment. I then see your child for 2-4 one hour sessions. Finally, there is a follow-up meeting for the parents, where a full report is discussed and recommendations are given.
Is your child’s speech unclear? Is it hard for him/her to produce certain sounds and you don’t find that he is acquiring them on his own? You may be interested in a speech sound (articulation) assessment. This includes a telephone consultation where the need for an assessment is established and areas of concern discussed. An evalution is then scheduled. This includes 1-2 one hour sessions with your child. This is then followed up with a report of finding and recommendations.
If language intervention is found to be necessary, we set up 45 minute weekly sessions where your child will receive direct therapy targeting the language areas found to be difficult for your child. Therapy sessions are child-centered. He/she is an active participant. Parents are encouraged to be present at sessions so that they can be given tips and methods of interacting with their child that will serve to help develop and reinforce the language goals currently being addressed.
If direct speech therapy is deemed necessary, I book you in for 30 minute weekly slots where your child will receive direct intervention to remediate speech sound disorders. Your presence in encouraged as your child will be given work to practice at home. At the session, you will learn to distinguish between the correct and distorted version of the target sounds and provide the appropriate feedback.