THERAPY AND EVALUATIONS
Reading and writing are language-based processes which require that specific skills are learned in a systematic manner. We excite and inspire children to appreciate reading and writing! Our speech-language pathologists assess and treat disorders of pre-reading (phonological awareness), reading, and written language skills. With our individualized treatment, we demonstrate significant gains in children's skills that are measurable on standardized testing. Following Orton-Gillingham methodologies, we access all learning pathways (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile), we use motivating materials, including paint, glue, markers, play dough, sand, glitter, beans, rice, water, scissors, clay, a yoga ball, and a trampoline. We encourage children to use critical thinking skills and to self-monitor their progress, therefore increasing carry-over at home and school.
The frequency and duration of treatment sessions are determined according to your child's individual needs. Sessions may be 1-5 times weekly for 30-60 minutes in duration. We allow the final 10-15 minutes of each session for necessary parent consultation time.
CONSISTENCY of attendance and CARRY-OVER of strategies at home is imperative for the quickest PROGRESS of your child's skills.
To most effectively determine your child's strengths and needs sn evaluation MUST be completed prior to starting therapy. If your child has had an evaluation in the past SIX MONTHS at another facility, we will review the report. We may create a treatment plan based on the prior evaluation, observation and parent concerns. If we believe we need MORE information, we will require a full evaluation. If your child has not had an evaluation in the past six months, we will complete one before starting treatment.
Our SLPs and OTs are certified by the State of Illinois Early Intervention Program to work with children ages birth to three years. We provide family-centered therapy in your home while collaborating with all the people in your child's environment, including parents, siblings, grandparents, and other caregivers. Our team keeps an open dialogue with all caregivers about your child's needs. During your daily routines, we help you to improve your child's skills. We value every family's unique style of interaction and focus on your concerns and priorities.
Our licensed occupational therapists (OTs) integrate child-directed treatment strategies to produce significant gains in children's fine motor (using the hands to perform activities such as cutting with scissors, buttoning, coloring, etc.), visual motor, self-regulation, organizational, sensory processing, motor planning, and handwriting skills. Our creative strategies motivate children to take an active role in their skill development. We use the Zones of Regulation (Kuypers, 2011) approach to teach self-regulation and self-control. Using a holistic perspective to working with children, we arrange our environment for success and incorporate families into the treatment process. We offer support families to adapt their home environment to fit their child’s needs. Our OTs use the Handwriting Without Tears multi-sensory curriculum. Parents are always welcome to stay in the room for a session or watch from a monitor in the waiting area.
Our licensed speech-language pathologists (SLPs) honor your child's curiosity and interests while using a multi-sensory approach to improve your child's communication at home and in the community. Using highly effective strategies, we evaluate and treat children's articulation / phonological (speech sound) skills, language comprehension and expression, childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), stuttering, feeding / oral-motor, and auditory processing skills. Our treatment activities are child-centered, fun, and motivating! We embrace family relationships and encourage self-monitoring of skills which leads to quicker progress. We respect the emotional needs of children and we do not use reward / punishment systems. Families are always welcome to participate in therapy or to observe from a monitor in the waiting room.