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What does speech therapy look like at AnetSpeech?

Consultation

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At your scheduled phone consultation, we'll have a 15-20 minute conversation. You can share your main concerns about your child's speech and ask questions. Together we'll decide if proceeding to an evaluation appointment is the next best step for your child.

 

If so, we'll set a tentative date for the evaluation and I'll send you a link to my online office intake forms. This will help me know more clearly what areas to evaluate. An invoice for pre-payment will be sent to you, which locks in your evaluation date and time.

Evaluation

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AnetSpeech starts with an evaluation session. This is essential if you will be submitting receipts to your insurance for my out-of-network services. It's also crucial for establishing an up-to-date snapshot of your child's current strengths and weaknesses in speech development.

 

In most cases, both standardized and informal tasks will be utilized with your child.

 

After the evaluation, we'll schedule a mini session to discuss the evaluation results, the treatment frequency, duration, and speech goals.

Speech Sounds Therapy

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Speech Sound Disorder (SSD) is my specialization at AnetSpeech. This is an umbrella term for different types of speech impairments, including phonological disorders and childhood apraxia of speech.

 

Children with speech sound disorders are often frustrated because they know exactly what they want to say, but the words don't come out right. 

 

Other times, they may not be aware their words and stories can't be easily understood by others. Some children have far fewer sounds or words in their everyday speech repertoire.

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Treatment for a SSD depends on the results of the evaluation. Some questions I ask are: what is most important for the child to say, what sound sequences are they not yet producing, or what sound patterns do they need correcting?

For treatment, using the child's interests, I incorporate activities they enjoy between the hard work of capturing their next dream sounds anwords.

AnetSpeech also evaluates and treats the following impairments:

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Language

Language Disorder is a term for delays or challenges with either receptive language or expressive language, including the following: 

  • Understanding spoken instructions

  • Producing more than one-word or very short sentences

  • Using pronouns and verb endings correctly

  • Using more specific vocabulary words pertinent to the situation

Treatment for language delay can involve story listening and retell, describing or question tasks, as well as activities to highlight grammatical structures.

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Stuttering

Children who struggle with stuttering, or fluency, will repeat the first sound or syllable or even a word until they can continue with their sentence. Or they may be stretching out a sound while their motor planning catches up with their thoughts. They may even just have a silent but tense block of the flow of speech.

 

Treatment considers not just techniques to manage the flow of speech, but strategies to manage situations and educate those they converse with.

Social Communication

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Social Communication covers the nonverbal aspects of connecting with others. Children who struggle in this are tend to miss nonverbal cues like body language, facial expressions, tone of voice, or group dynamics. They also may be highly literal thinkers, and don't know idioms or figures of speech sprinkled in most people's every day speech.

 

All this can impact the child's level of comfort, confidence, and competence in peer interactions or academic subjects.

Ready to capture next speech goals?

Now that you're empowered with the information on this page about the speech and language disorders that I treat at AnetSpeech, you might want to chat with me about your child's speech needs.

I'd love to hear how I can tailor just the right approach to helping your child capture their next speech sounds or language skills!

You and I both believe in the long-haul transformative power of a great therapy fit!