Speech and Language Therapy

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Speech and Language Therapists play an essential role in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities.

Autism is an umbrella term that is used to describe children with varying developmental delays and disorders.

Current research suggests that despite the many behavioral and social characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), ASD is a disorder primarily of communication.

 

 

What does Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) do?

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At Think, individualized SLT programs aims to help your child to develop:

  • Functional communication skills (i.e. the ability to express basic wants and needs),
  • Understanding and use of language, and
  • Ability to follow conversational rules (such as topic maintenance and turn taking).

 

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We are also able to provide the assessment and management of Feeding, Eating, Drinking, and Swallowing (FEDS) Disorders. Children with ASD often present with specific food preferences and aversions, these may also be addressed throughout sessions or during special ‘messy food play’ groups throughout the year.

Keeping in mind the Total Communication approach, we equally value all methods of communication (including PECS, Sign Language, gesture, eye gaze), and utilize the most appropriate method for each child.

What to expect from your first Speech and Language Therapy Session

1) Informal Observations: Whenever possible, the therapist will observe your child during his/her ABA SLT2sessions.

2) Initial Free Interview: This interview covers your child’s case history to help us better understand your child’s developmental milestones, medical history, etc.

3) Assessment: Using a variety of formal and informal Speech and Language assessments, the therapists will determine the level and type of intervention best suited to your child. While we aim to complete all assessments in a single session, some children need more than one session to show us what they can do.

4) Identification of Therapy Targets: After the assessment, our SLT will review the findings to identify appropriate therapy targets, which will be implemented throughout the SLT sessions. These can also be provided to you in the form of a home programme.

SLT4Inclusion of Family and Care Givers

Parents and care givers play a very important role in the rate of progress the children we work with make. In fact, the whole community around the child plays a role. Thus, we believe in including the child’s community as much as possible; We encourage parents to attend therapy sessions and provide training for parents, care-givers and educators.

Other Populations

Although Think is tailored to working with children with developmental disabilities and ASD, we open our doors to anyone who requires Speech and Language assessment and intervention. This includes developing children with speech and language delays/disorders, individuals with voice disorders, individuals who stutter, and those who have suffered a stroke and subsequently have limited language (aphasia).

If you or someone you know would like to have a Speech and Language assessment conducted, please contact us to arrange an initial interview.