Individual Speech and Language Therapy:
We provide individual therapy for children with delays or disorders in:
Diagnostic Speech and Language, and Pragmatic Language Evaluations:
We provide comprehensive written evaluations to detail the students speech and language profile, strengths, weaknesses, current status and recommendations. We also provide pragmatic language evaluations to describe the student’s ability to use language as a social tool, and his/her ability to use language based social thinking skills.
DRAMATIC PRAGMATICS Social Language Groups:
We are well known for our "Dramatic Pragmatic" groups which were created by Barbara and Alexandra to improve pragmatic language, social skills, and language-based social thinking. The world often assumes that a bright, academically achieving child or teen will automatically and intuitively learn social skills from their environment and experiences. However, for many children and teens, their social development is not commensurate with their intelligence and acquiring the skills necessary to navigate the social world is not intuitive. To achieve social success and master subtleties of the "social code", pragmatic language and social skills must be taught in a systematic way and carried over to the home and school when possible. We also believe that these sessions must be fun, age-appropriate and engaging, as the most effective learning occurs when children are actively engaged. The goal of our groups in to arm and empower each student with the tools of social communication using:
In addition, some of our Dramatic Pragmatic groups employ theater games and specific use of monologues and "dialoguing", (our original techniques which help groups of students practice and develop social pragmatic skills). The drama games we use foster skills in social interaction such as:
During group, general pragmatic language and social skills goals are addressed, as are the individual needs of each student. We believe that creating appropriately matched groups is VITAL to the success of each child's learning process and creating a positive learning experience. Therefore, we meet each child for a consultation and assess their strengths and weaknesses in the social domain and get to know them as a "whole child". When creating groupings, we take interests, personality types, specific strengths and areas of weakness into account. Having a practice of well over 250 clients, we have a large pool of children and teens to create the RIGHT groups to maximize the therapeutic learning process. We do not believe it is effective to group children solely based on age and schedule! Therefore, our scheduling/grouping process is quite complex, but is highly effective.