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At the American Center for Special Abilities we provide a wide range of services to children with developmental, psychiatric, and emotional conditions. These services are provided by our team of highly qualified Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Special Educators, and Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapists.
Speech and Language Therapy services
Treatment Modes/Modalities for Speech and Language Therapy
The treatment modes/modalities described below may be used to implement various treatment options.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)—supplementing or replacing natural speech and/or writing with aided (e.g., picture communication symbols (PECS), line drawings, Blissymbols, speech generating devices, and tangible objects) and/or unaided (e.g., manual signs, gestures, and finger spelling) symbols.
Computer Based Instruction—use of computer technology (e.g., iPads) and/or computerized programs for teaching language skills, including vocabulary, social skills, social understanding, and social problem solving.
Facilitated Communication—use of a "facilitator" who provides physical and other supports in an attempt to assist a person with a significant communication disability to point to pictures, objects, printed letters and words, or to a keyboard and thereby communicate.
Video-Based Instruction (also called Video Modeling)—use of video recordings to provide a model of the target behavior or skill. Video recordings of desired behaviors are observed and then imitated by the individual. The learner's self-modeling can be videotaped for later review.
Some language intervention programs target specific language skills (e.g., phonology, semantics, syntax, morphology), while others are more holistic in nature, targeting a broader range of language and communication skills (e.g., expressive language interventions and receptive language interventions). Language intervention approaches can include the following.
Clinician-Oriented—the clinician selects the goals and the treatment setting and determines the stimuli to be used and the type and schedule of reinforcement for accurate responses. These approaches utilize operant procedures and are often used to teach language form (e.g., syntax and morphology).
Child-Oriented—the clinician utilizes indirect language stimulation techniques and follows the child's lead in more natural, everyday settings and activities in an effort to stimulate language growth. These approaches are typically used with young children but can be modified for use with older children.
Diagnoses seen by Speech and Language Therapist:
Medical and Developmental Conditions
Genetic Syndromes and Language Disorders
Occupational Therapy services
Diagnoses seen by Occupational therapist:
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http://www.playingwithwords365.com ( for parents )
http://www.stutteringhelp.org/ (stuttering therapy )
http://mommyspeechtherapy.com/ (for parents )
http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster2/sptherapy.html (home activities )
http://www.cochlear.com/wps/wcm/connect/au/home/support (hearing loss therapy)
http://www.listeningforlife.com/avtprogram.html (hearing loss therapy )
http://www.apraxia-kids.org/ (childhood Apraxia of speech )
https://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2013/03/19/seven-ways-help-your-nonverbal-child-speak ( autism /nonverbal child )
http://speech-language-therapy.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=108 (articulation and phonological disorders)
Anxiety (separation, anxiety, performance anxiety, social anxiety…)
School refusal https://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/children/school-refusal
Difficulties belonging to expatriation condition (culture shock, third culture kid, difficulty to make friends or to adapt to new situations, disobedience and severe boundary testing behavior…) http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/culture-shock.html
Difficulties belonging to adolescence process Attachment disorders http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/915447-overview
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