Late Talkers

 

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We have extensive training and experience in providing speech therapy to young children who are not yet talking. Through meaningful and engaging opportunities, children learn words associated with the world around them. Our therapists are trained in programs specifically for working with “late talkers” such as “Target Word” and “It Takes Two to Talk.”  Individualized therapy and specific suggestions for carryover throughout the week are provided following each session. Our compassionate and engaging therapists make therapy fun and meaningful for your little one!

Is my child a Late Talker?
A child is considered a “Late Talker” and would benefit from intervention if:
18-20 months = Less that 24 words
21-24 months =  Less than 40 words
24-30 months = Less than 100 words
OR is not using word combinations by 24 months
Has relatively  good understanding, play, social motor, and cognitive skills.

And has two or more risk factors:

What are the Risk Factors?
______ Was your child quiet as a baby?
______ Did your child have reoccurring ear infections?
______ Is there a family history of speech, language, or academic difficulties?
 ______Does your child imitate sounds?
______ Does your child engage in limited sequenced pretend play?
______ Does your child have a vocabulary consisting of mostly nouns with little or no verbs?
______ Does your child have difficulty communicating with peers?
 ______Does your child use limited use of gestures?
______ Does your child make a limited number of sounds? 

Adapted from Target Word Program (www.hanen.org).

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.

Autumn M

 

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