-Comprehensive Communication Assessment/Speech & Language Evaluations
-One on one/individual therapy, including: speech/articulation, language, social communication, voice, stuttering, preliteracy, AAC, feeding therapy, etc.
-Small group therapy/friendship 'pairs'
-Collaboration with other service providers
-Social Skills groups
-Sensory based FEEDING groups
-Aquatic therapy (Bellevue)
PSLT therapists are trained in state of the art speech and language services and are able to create an individualized plan of treatment for each child/family that it serves. If your child has not been evaluated yet, PSLT is a great place to start! In our friendly, playful environment, we offer comprehensive speech and language assessments which are undertaken to determine whether or not communication skills are developing typically, and whether or not professional intervention is warranted.
If it is determined, either through an assessment at our facility or somewhere else, that a child will benefit from speech and language intervention, we have a variety of techniques at hand. Often, our therapists will be able to pick-and-choose aspects of a approaches that will most benefit your child. This results in an effective, ecclectic approach, and an individualized approach, for each child. In addition to traditional speech and language therapy - which all of our clinicians are highly capable of doing - we offer some specific techniques as well. Some examples of therapy techniqes and models that we are trained in include but are not limited to:
PROMPT - Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. PROMPT is a multidimensional, multi-sensory therapeutic system that is holistic and dynamic. PROMPT has often been recognized singularly for its use of tactile-kinesthetic articulatory prompts (cues) on the jaw, face and under the chin, that help to develop or restructure speech production output. In reality, PROMPT therapy as an approach is about the dynamic way a child is viewed and treated, including all aspects of interdependent systems.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)- AAC provides a means of communication for people with complex communication needs who can not use speech as their primary mode of communication. We have therapists who specialize in assessment, intervention and device training for people who use AAC, and their families. Our goal is to help increase their communicative competence and become more effective communication partners. One, non-technological type of AAC is described below (PECs). Many other devices including voice-output systems are available to AAC users.
Picture Exchange Communication System - PECs. The Picture Exchange Communication System is a non-technological augmentative communication system using picture symbols that is designed to help individuals quickly acquire a functional means of communication (Bondy and Frost, 1994). PECS is appropriate for individuals who do not use speech or who may speak with limited effectiveness: those who have articulation or motor planning difficulties, limited communicative partners, lack of initiative in communication, etc.
Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking - Nanci Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing For Language Comprehension and Thinking® Program. Nanci Bell has identified visualization as a primary factor basic to language comprehension and critical thinking. Language comprehension is the ability to connect to and interpret both oral and written language. It is the ability to recall facts, get the main idea, make an inference, draw a conclusion, predict/extend, and evaluate. It is the ability to reason from language that is heard and language that is read.