Speech Therapy at Soar

Meet our Speech-Language Pathologist

Amanda, our Speech-Language Pathologist, has been working with children with autism for the last 6 years.

She is trained to help children with a variety of therapy techniques to improve speech, language, play, and social skills.

She also specializes in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for those children who are non-speaking, limitedly verbal, or have severe speech disorders.

This involves the use of pictures, visuals, sign language, gestures, and/or speech generating devices (SGDs) to encourage multi-modal communication in children with no or limited verbal words or unclear speech.

Types of children that we see

Our speech program focuses on children with autism who would benefit from speech therapy interventions.

We also provide services to children when there are concerns about a speech-language developmental delay or autism though it has not been formally diagnosed.

Additionally, we work with children who use AAC or SGDs as a means to support communication and language development.

We also provide speech and language assessments to children and can make recommendations on whether Soar’s program is a good fit for your child.

How do you help a child with Speech Therapy?

Our program helps children with understanding language (receptive), using language (expressive), play and conversation skills (social and pragmatic language), speech sound clarity (articulation), and overall functional communication skills (AAC, sign language, gestures). All are important to a child’s well-being.

There are a variety of approaches that may be used in a session. These include traditional speech-language interventions, use of AAC and/or SGDs, and other evidence-based methods, techniques, and strategies to help your child develop and meet their goals.

Each treatment plan is individualized to the child in joint effort with their parents and caregivers. Progress is reviewed regularly and goals are updated and modified as appropriate.

 

What does a typical session look like?

We will do whatever it takes to help your child communicate!

Amanda, our SLP, focuses heavily on relationship-building with her clients and their caregivers, as well as making therapy sessions fun for your child so they don’t feel like they are doing “work.”

Amanda will incorporate many different approaches and techniques to tap into your child’s motivation and determine what ways will work best to help them make meaningful progress.

Amanda will go the extra mile in sessions to foster social connectedness with your child to create a healthy and trusting space for them to be successful in practicing and gaining new skills.

How does autism affect speech and language?

Differences and challenges in social communication and interaction are one of the core criteria for autism. Such differences are often one of the first signs of autism that parents and caregivers may notice.

Roughly one-quarter of children with autism may also show a regression in speech and language, where children appear to lose speech and language skills they had previously shown. This commonly occurs between 18-24 months of age.

Speech therapy can be helpful to many children, especially those with autism. If you’re wondering whether speech therapy is right for your child, reach out to us today at (720) 706-3396 or schedule a call via the Get Started page to talk about your specific situation.

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