Each individualized speech therapy program begins with a thorough evaluation to identify the specific needs that must be addressed.
Using both standardized assessments and informal tests and obvservations, the type, scope and degree of each client's condition is described and documented. We also conduct parent or caregiver interviews to understand the conditions in the context of their daily lives.
We then develop a personalized plan for addressing the identified deficits, along with specific goals.
In most cases, therapy produces the best results when sessions are conducted once or twice each week. The length of each session is based on the evaluation and the client's age, but usually is for one hour.
The specific techniques employed depend upon the deficits identified in the evaluation, but often include play-based activities, conversational interactions, and language exercises with repetition for reinforcement.
Therapy is conducted in an environment appropriate for learning. The UA Speech clinical areas are especially conducive to this, with a full array of toys, games and props available to therapists. Having the right tools on hand gives therapists a wide range of flexiibility in designing and employing individualized therapy techniques.
A vital component of any speech therapy program is ongoing attention by parents and caregivers between therapy sessions.
To accomplish this, we thoroughly explain the nature of the difficulties the client is experiencing, our personalized treatment plans to address these difficulties and progress the client is making toward goals.
We also provide advice for reinforcing the therapy between visits, as well as homework assignments that directly address client needs.
This collaborative approach, with active cooperation from parents and caregivers, provides clients the best chance possible of achieving his or her goals.