Carry-Over Articulation Groups
Our articulation groups are designed to encourage carryover or generalization of correct articulation for the child that can produce target sounds in articulation drills, but is not yet producing them correctly during spontaneous conversation. Children engage in various activities, which give them opportunities to correctly produce these phonemes while the therapist facilitates correct production in naturally occurring situations.
Activities include reading and discussing stories, playing games (“I Spy”, “Guess Who”, “Go Fish”, “Memory”, etc.) designed especially for articulation drills, oral motor exercises, singing songs, reciting nursery rhymes, and arts and crafts projects.
The Earobics Auditory Development and Phonics CD-ROM program features six interactive games that teach a comprehensive range of auditory processing and phonemic awareness skills. Each game features an imaginative, friendly character to guide the child through learning the following skills: auditory attention, auditory figure-ground discrimination, auditory discrimination, auditory (sequential) memory, auditory synthesis, auditory segmentation, auditory identification, sound-symbol correspondence and rhyming and phonological awareness. To learn more about Earrobics, visit: www.earobics.com
Preschool Language Program
Our preschool language program is based upon principles of language acquisition and early literacy awareness. During each therapy session, the children engage in interactive storybook reading, story telling, art, snack and music activities in a group setting. Throughout the session, the children are provided with interesting and motivating things to talk about and opportunities to communicate with others about real situations and real needs. Concepts and themes for each day are chosen based on the storybook being presented, and those concepts and themes are reinforced throughout the session using various intervention methods and materials.
The therapist facilitates language development in naturally occurring situations through the use of a variety of techniques, such as cloze procedures, pantomine and gestures, use of relational terms (and, first, after, because, but, if, in, etc.), preparatory tests, constituent questioning, comprehension questions, summarization questions, binary choices, turn-taking cues and phonemic cues.
Reading is a complex activity that is highly dependent on learning ability, knowledge of the world, experiences with sounds and print, and overall language ability. The language that we use to express ourselves, and the language that we use to understand others is the basis of reading and writing. Children who are experiencing difficulty in reading or learning to read may not have a solid foundation of language and processing ability.
Our reading/language program utilizes techniques and strategies to improve phonemic awareness skills, oral reading, comprehension, spelling, written expression, and study skills. With an emphasis on comprehension by discussing what is being read, a child also has the opportunity to improve overall receptive language, expressive language, and processing abilities.
Social Compass Groups
Our social skills groups are designed to help individuals learn social pragmatic skills, the understanding and management of emotions, physical and emotional self-regulation, and organizational skills. We utilize a teaching method of breaking tasks down into small, incremental steps with reinforcement through repetition and skill building.
Topics addressed and practiced during group sessions include attending to social cues, considering the thoughts and feelings of others, decreasing socially and emotionally inappropriate behavior, and using and attending to gestures, body language and facial expressions while interacting with peers.
Bullying and developing appropriate responses to problems and anxiety are also addressed. During role play, children are taught to be more aware of the perspective and thoughts of others, and flexibility in thinking is developed by having the children practice thinking of alternative strategies and learning to ask for help.
Others skills addressed include using appropriate opening comments and learning to seek clarification or assistance when confused. Theory of Mind and perspective taking are emphasized throughout our social skills groups.
The children meet in small groups within the clinic and attend field trips to experience using their newly developed skills in real social situations.
Call and talk to one of our Access to Better Communication team members by phone at 225-930-0208 or via email on our contact us page.
We look forward to working with you and your child!
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