Speech Therapy Process
At Child Success Center®, we work closely with parents, teachers, and other therapeutic professionals to implement the most effective speech and language strategies available. By working as a team, your child is afforded the greatest opportunity for progress and development.
Our speech therapy sessions are typically 50 minutes, and are offered both individually or in small groups. Sessions are followed by a brief discussion with the parent or caregiver in which we take time to review recommended strategies and practice for home. We strongly encourage parent involvement and believe that home practice is an integral part of your child’s speech and language development. As a family-centered practice, we also welcome caregivers to attend our speech therapy sessions. Together we can make a difference in your child’s life!
Common Speech Disorders
We treat a variety of speech-language deficits at Child Success Center. The following provides a brief overview of the most common types of communication disorders:
- Receptive and expressive language delay or disorder
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Apraxia of speech
- Auditory processing disorder
- Articulation disorder
- Phonological speech disorder
- Social/pragmatic disorders
- Voice disorders
- Literacy and writing delays
We are proud to offer social skills groups at Child Success Center! We pair children with related goals and skills in groups of 2 or 3. Treatment groups can be beneficial for children who need extra support to socialize, interact with peers and practice using language in different ways.
Our groups are specifically designed to help children with social language impairments. We target the following skills in our social skills groups:
- Following routines and taking turns
- Playing in novel ways and using flexible thinking
- Awareness of verbal and nonverbal social cues
- Conversational volley
- Abstract and inferential thinking
- How to create and foster friendships
- Emotional regulation
- Advocating for themselves; asking for help and problem solving
We are now offering the PROMPT method of treatment in our Speech Department.
PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) is a client-centered philosophy that embodies neuromotor principles. This technique combines the physical-sensory aspects of motor performance with the cognitive-linguistic and social-emotional aspects of learning. The system was formally devised by Deborah Hayden in 1980 and has been used successfully with speech disordered populations including apraxic, dysarthric, autistic, phonological, hearing impaired, and dysfluent children. Children are provided sensory motor “touch- cues” that can signal place, manner, duration, voicing, and tension for phonemes, words, or phrases. PROMPT can be used for clients with varying degrees of verbal motor production disorders.
The PROMPT Institute is the only organization that trains speech-language pathologists in the technique. The intense training requires a series of workshops. The Introduction to PROMPT course is the first course completed training the therapist to use “touch-cues” on the articulators. This helps clients to learn to produce phonemes and sounds. Therapists are also able to evaluate if a child will benefit from PROMPT therapy after completing the Intro to PROMPT course. The Bridging PROMPT Technique to Intervention course is the second level course that teaches therapists to use the technique more intensely across settings. Additional self-study projects are completed working towards Certification. Therapist’s at Child Success Center use PROMPT to help children communicate within a play-based sensory environment.