The Speech Dynamic is a unique private practice that specializes in social communication and language development. Brooke Andrews, M.A CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Director of The Speech Dynamic. Brooke has completed the SocialThinking™ Clinical Training in Boston, MA.
The Speech Dynamic utilizes SocialThinking™ methodology to teach social cognition to students with social communication challenges. These groups start at five years of age and are offered through high school. Lego-Based Therapy ™ is also offered.
The Speech Dynamic also offers individual and group therapy for early learners. These sessions utilize a variety of frameworks, including DIR Foortime, ™ The SCERTS Model, ™ and Hanen Programs™. These programs all emphasize meeting the child where they are and value the importance of family involvement.
The Speech Dynamic is uniquely qualified to assess social communication. A pragmatic communication assessment provides in-depth information about a student’s social skills that are often missed by traditional language and pragmatic tests.
Many students with social communication challenges also have difficulty with executive functioning. Students who struggle with EF have difficulty planning and organizing and often struggle in school. The Speech Dynamic offers executive functioning therapy in both individual and group formats.
Using cutting edge strategies, students learn how to “work backward to plan forward” (Ward, 2016).
The Speech Dynamic also specializes in language development and disorders. For developmental speech and language delays, programs such as It Takes Two to Talk ™ and Target Word ™ are utilized. For school age students with language and learning challenges, programs that build the language-literacy connection, such as Visualizing and Verbalizing ™ and Seeing Stars ™ are utilized to help students improve their reading comprehension and writing abilities.
Her gentle and compassionate approach was just the connection my son needed
My son Finnian was diagnosed with autism at age 3 and was non verbal. I remember being so scared and stressed about Finn’s future until I met his team of teachers and therapists. Miss Brooke was my son Finn’s speech therapist in his EC Pre-K classroom. She was amazing with Finn and supportive to me. Her gentle and compassionate approach was just the connection my son needed to feel safe and grow. One of my favorite qualities of Miss Brooke is her genuine enthusiasm when working with my son. I will always be grateful for her twinkling eyes and contagious smile when discussing my son’s progress and growth. Thank you Miss Brooke!
A shy child speaks up loud and clear
At the age of 2, my son’s preschool teacher noticed he was a little behind in his speech, he was muttering in a low tone. It was hard for anyone to understand what he was trying to tell us. When I was told he needed therapy, I was a bit nervous because my son is very shy around people he is not familiar with. I was afraid the speech therapist would get nowhere with him, but boy was I wrong. By the end of his first session with Ms. Brooke my son was comfortable with her; he did not want the session to end. Ms. Brooke took the time to research new ideas and activities that would accommodate my son’s needs to help him open his mouth when speaking. She focused the entire session on making sure he practiced the ability to speak up loud and clear while still having fun and kept him engaged. He only had therapy for 5 short months; Ms. Brooke gave him the confidence he needed to speak up. He continues to ask to see Ms. Brooke, he misses her so much. She left him with such great moments and experiences that I do not think he will ever forget her.
Brooke's heart is in her work, and you can tell she loves what she does
Brooke has been working with my son Colton for about a year now. She is an amazing speech path and has created a great relationship with him during that time. He is always super excited to see her, and sees the time he spends with her as play time. Yet he’s always learning. Colton has an obsession with trains, and so generally wants to show her how his trains are set up every week. Brooke manages to incorporate whatever skill they are working on into this play. Whether it was putting more than one word together, or focusing on certain sounds, or not dropping the endings of words. She also leaves us with suggestions on what to do with him over the next week to help with the goal that we are currently working on.
Brooke’s heart is in her work, and you can tell she loves what she does. If you choose to work with her, you will be happy with the results you see. Colton had had an explosion of vocabulary this year, and I know she contributed greatly to that.