The ability to communicate is an essential life skill. It’s how children make friends, do well in school, and later succeed in the workplace.
The most critical years of child development are in the first five years of a child’s life. It is then when the brain is developing rapidly and children are most receptive to learning. Delaying intervention to those that are not developing language like their peers is not recommended. Research tells us that early identification and intervention can reduce or even eliminate future challenges in reading, writing and spelling.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ― Benjamin Franklin
We believe that parents are their child’s first and best teacher.
It is during this time that a parent may begin to get a “gut” feeling that something seems slightly off or something is just not right. There may even be a few well meaning family members trying to ease concerns by stating that another family member didn’t speak until he was four or that your child is just stubborn. At TeachSpeech, we always tell our parents that they should honor their feelings, as they truly know their child better than anyone. We are parent guides in this process. Parents leave our practice learning as much as their child has.
We believe that in this busy world, sometimes we just need to stop, take a breathe and get back to the basics.
In our practice we take an integrative, whole child approach. Speech and language skills do not develop independent of other developmental skills. We speak to families about a child’s nutrition, sleep habits, play and social skills, physical and cognitive development and home environment. By examining the big picture we are able to utilize the child’s strengths to improve their challenges. Our treatment plans are tailored to fit the exact needs of your child. We work directly with your child in a playful learning environment, all while involving the child’s first teacher (parents). Our take home activities are designed to be easily incorporated into the family’s daily routines as the predictability and repetition will help the child generalize their new speech or language skills.
We believe children thrive in therapy when they connect with their therapist.
We know that building and maintaining the child’s trust is a large part of our client’s success. Our rapport is built through playful learning. Playful learning is comprised of both free play and guided play. A child needs to engage in free play to expand their language and social skills, but sessions are structured to include therapeutic interventions geared towards the child’s goals. While we use evidence based practices, we combine it with our extensive experience … and what we “find in our pockets”.
We believe that the words “never” and “child” do not belong in the same sentence together.
Language is the essential building block for learning, interacting, and building relationships. It is how children make sense of the world around them. During these early years, children begin to interact with their loved ones. A parent begins to notice gestures, then sounds and later words emerge. We work with children to expand their abilities and provide possibilities and solutions. We do not believe in the word “never” when it comes to a child and their learning ability.
We believe that a relationship between a child and their therapist doesn’t end at the last session.
While we work hard to establish a great rapport and relationships with every child we work with, we also pride ourselves on what happens AFTER the sessions. In addition to therapy services, we also provide Oromyofunctional Therapy Programs, Finger and Thumb Sucking Programs, and Pacifier Cessation Programs. It is our privilege to be able to step alongside your family in the greater journey.