Dana Weinberg. M.S., CCC- SLP, TSSLD WeinbergSLP@gmail.com (914) 703-2879
Articulation refers to how sounds are produced. For example, a child with an articulation difficulty might have trouble producing the R sound.
Our speech therapists use verbal and tactile placement cues and visual and auditory feedback to teach a misarticulated sound. The sound is first introduced in isolation, then in words, phrases, sentences and finally in conversation. We take the time to ensure generalization of a new sound in everyday speech and keep children engaged through stimulating activities such as art projects and sound scavenger hunts during sessions.
Expressive language is the ability to share thoughts, ideas and needs and includes vocabulary, sentence formation and organization of thoughts.
Our speech therapists use research-based approaches such as “recasting”. During “recasting“ the therapist recasts what the child has said to make a longer and complete sentence. For example if a child playing said, “Car fast” the therapist would say, “ That‘s right, the big red car is going really fast!”
Additional approaches used includes expanding vocabulary through describing activities such as Eye Spy and organizing story ideas through use of graphic organizers.
Receptive language is the ability to understand what is being said such as the ability to understand questions and stories.
Our speech therapists use engaging visuals, games, and activities to target receptive language goals. Some examples include playing a game of Go Fish to target answering “yes/no” questions, reading a book to target “who“ questions or putting stickers on a picture scene and answering “where” questions. Other receptive language sessions may include learning how to make a predictions first using pictures, then using books of increasing difficulty.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder characterized by a child having difficulty producing accurate movements when speaking. It occurs when there is a disconnect between the brain and the mouth muscles during the formation of speech.
Our speech therapists use evidence-based practices including using a motor-based approach to focus on the movement necessary to produce sounds and starting at the syllable level instead of the sound level (e.g., “me” instead of “m”) to help a child with CAS develop clearer speech.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is an umbrella term for Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PPD-NOS). Children with ASD may have difficulty with communication including social communication.
Our speech therapists meet the child where they are and encourage all forms of communication through everyday activities. We harness a child’s interest to engage them in therapy such as using toy trains to teach a child interested in trains prepositions or using animals to teach categories. Additionally, we understand the unique sensory needs of a child and encourage movement and kinesthetic learning.
At Communication First Speech Therapy, we believe in Total Communication which means that all forms of communication is encouraged. This includes gestures (e.g., pointing, signing), vocalizations, word approximations, speaking, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
AAC is the use of pictures or technology to communicate. This can include a picture communication board or an app on a tablet. Research has proven that AAC can be beneficial to children who have difficulty communicating verbally. Our speech therapists are AAC experts and use AAC to promote speech and language development when appropriate.
Speech and language evaluations are comprehensive assessments in which every aspect of speech (e.g., voice, articulation, etc.) or language (e.g., cognition, expressive language, receptive language) is assessed. An evaluation is used to determine need for speech and language therapy and to determine speech and language therapy goals.
Speech therapy services are provided after a formal speech and language evaluation. Speech and language therapy sessions occur 1-2 times per week at your home, yoru child’s school or online via teletherapy. Every session is planned specifically for the needs of the child based upon the speech and language therapy goals determined during the evaluation.
Consultations are available for any parent or caregiver who has concerns about their child’s speech and language development. During a consultation be prepared to share pertinent information about your child’s medical and schooling history.
We travel across New York CIty so that speech therapy services can take place at a location convenient for you! Services take place in your home, at your child’s school or online via tele-therapy.
Scheduling and availability is flexible as well. Session times include after school, in the evening or over the weekend.