We are the catalyst in helping your child communicate. Our speech therapists educate parents in specialized communication techniques. Teaching children how to use language to create lasting friendships.
Speech and Language Therapy
The Speech Therapy Department at ALLS provides services for pediatric populations. We specialize in speech production, development of the understanding of language and the use of language to communicate thoughts and ideas, strengthening of the muscles used for speech, and how to use language socially to talk to others and form friendships. Our younger clients also benefit from learning how to play and engage with toys, books, and people. Play includes pretend play, block play, turn taking, flexibility, role play, and sequential play. Our school aged clients learn organization skills, reasoning, problem solving, and how to determine and recall important pieces of information.
Our services include screenings, evaluations, individual treatment, social and play groups, and parent education. A speech pathologist will determine what areas of weakness are present and develop a plan of intervention. The plan of therapy will strengthen the weak areas, allowing for a more solid foundation for the next level of skill acquisition. A plan of therapy always includes parent education and training in techniques to enable parents to confidently support their children in their advancement in the areas of speech and language. Customized home programs are developed for each family, and collaborative consultations with the education staff is available at parent request.
We assess and treat a variety of areas of need. These can include:
- Expressive Language (use of language)
- Receptive Language (understanding of language)
- Auditory Processing (attending, recognizing, discriminating and comprehending auditory information)
- Articulation/Phonology (how speech sounds are produced)
- Oral Motor (weakness of the jaw/tongue/lips that affect speech clarity)
- Social/Pragmatic Language (language for the purpose of interacting with others)
- Augmentative & Alternative Communication (systems to support learning and communication)
- Fluency (stuttering)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Parent Education and Training (Hanen Program ®)
Our therapists are trained in many specialized therapy techniques including, but not limited to the following:
- Hodson’s Cycles Approach
- Kaufman Apraxia Approach
- Visualizing & Verbalizing
- LiPS (Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program)
- Oral Motor Therapy
- O.P.T. (Oral Placement Therapy)
- P.R.O.M.P.T. (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets)
- The Hanen Program ®
- More Than Words
- It Takes Two To Talk
- Learning Language and Loving It
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication
- Social Skills (Michelle Garcia Winner)
Speech and language therapy services are also available for adults.
- Referrals typically come from doctors, teachers, schools, or parents etc. In order to commence Speech Therapy services, we need a completed evaluation dated within the past 12 months. We can conduct evaluations on site.
- Once we have an evaluation, it is reviewed by our Speech Therapy Manager.
- We accept Blue Shield and Kaiser insurances for Speech Therapy services.We will need a referral from the pediatrician if insurance is used. If we are an out-of-network provider for your insurance, we can provide you with documentation to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
- We schedule an appointment after determining services needed.
- We send out a confirmation email to the parent stating the appointment information.
- We will also send a registration packet to the parent, which can be turned in during the first appointment. There is no fee for registering.