Pediatric Evaluations and Therapy
Autism Spectrum Disorder Evaluation
It's so important to diagnose autism; not getting a diagnosis can make so many areas of life difficult, distressing and bewildering for the undiagnosed person. This can result in difficult behaviours, social isolation and young people who do not attain their best in school. Once diagnosed, the young person can understand themselves better and realise they are not alone in the way they feel. Their parents and the professionals working with them can all learn how best to help them. The right autism support services can be accessed and adaptations can be put into place in the educational setting. A diagnosis can prevent so much distress as the child develops, and can stop further psychiatric illnesses developing. Some autistic young people also benefit from medication to help with anxiety or low mood, or to help manage some behaviours, but these would need to be prescribed by a child and adolescent psychiatrist.
Speech & Language Evaluations
My comprehensive assessments evaluate speech sound production, as well as their receptive and expressive language abilities. Each evaluation is inclusive of an oral mechanism examination (which examines the functioning of the lips, tongue, and jaw), an examination of the vocal quality, and fluency of speech.
Assessment results will include recommendations such as whether therapy is warranted, as well as the frequency and length of treatment sessions. A full report with a detailed treatment plan that includes recommendations, goals and objectives is provided.
I provide in-person (at the clinic) and teletherapy speech and language therapy services to clients between the ages: birth -18 years. We work together towards building speech and language skills through various programs and techniques, homework activities and family education. Therapy sessions are typically between 30-45 minutes in length, depending on the child's individual needs. To ensure the highest quality of therapy, services are provided on an individual basis and are always accompanied by home practice programs to allow for optimal carry-over of skills learned in each session.
I provide treatment in the following areas:
AAC (Alternative Augmentative Communication)
Communication Deficits due to Autism Spectrum Disorder
Apraxia of Speech (AOS)
Early Childhood Intervention
Oral Motor Control
Speech/Language Delays & Disorders
Central Auditory Processing Disorder
School Evaluation Contracts
I assist school districts throughout Johnson and Tarrant county that have a need for assistance with speech and language evaluations.
Please contact me for more details and rates.