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LITERACY Summer Program
This program will run 2 hours a day, 4 days a week for 8 weeks.  In order to maximize the benefits of Fast ForWord, 6 weeks is required.  We will target the areas of weakness of each individual child.  Working alongside an experienced coach, each child will work on a blending of necessary programs including Fast ForWord Language and Reading; Hear Builders Sequencing, Following Directions, Auditory Memory or Phonological Analysis; Inspiration and Ipad Storybuilders for writing, etc.  Using mostly computer technology, each child will work on areas such as reading comprehension, phonics, fluency; story retelling, sequencing; writing sentences, paragraphs, essays; proofreading; organized oral expression; executive function, etc.  This year’s program will begin on or around Mon, June 27 (there is some flexibility in start dates).


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Articulation Therapy  
Correct sound production is essential to communication. Articulation and phonological disorders comprise the greatest number of speech disorders we face. Whether a child's speech is unintelligible or just not as clear as it could be, effective communication is a primary goal of all speakers

Brain Fitness  The Brain Fitness Program for adults is designed to speed up auditory processing, improve working memory, and encourage the brain to produce more of the chemicals that help it remember. Auditory processing is a fundamental root of brain fitness because much of the important information we take in each day—and that we want to respond to, remember, and use later—comes in through speech. The Brain Fitness Program improves the quality and quantity of the information your brain absorbs from your ears.
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Earobics - A Trademark of Cognitive Concepts, Inc. Earobics teaches auditory processing, phonemic awareness, phonics and language comprehension skills for speech and language development and academic success. Earobics uses scientifically-based computer training techniques. Visit www.earobics.com  

Fast ForWord -
A Trademark of Scientific Learning Corporation

Training the brain to develop basic language and reading skills. Fast ForWord, a computer-based training program, rapidly develops the oral language skills that are necessary for reading. Based on over 25 years of brain research, Fast ForWord's patented technology adapts to each student's progress, and continually cross-trains critical skills to improve thinking, listening and reading. On average, students have achieved gains of one of two years in language skills with Fast ForWord. Visit http://www.scilearn.com/our-approach/the-fast-forword-program/index.php


Fluency Therapy
For hundreds of years people have been mystified by stuttering, the most well known of fluency disorders. There are many different therapy programs for stuttering. Our program teaches techniques which make it difficult to stutter if the techniques are used properly.     

 

InSight : InSight sharpens the brain’s visual system, much as glasses can do for the eyes. Did you know that your ability to see depends as much on your brain as on your eyes? The eyes take in visual information, but it’s the brain’s job to process that information. Visit http://positscience.com/products/cortex/ 

Kids Talk Groups
What makes our Center different from the programming offered in most school settings is individual attention and treatment. While this is crucial to the individual success of most patients, it is often helpful to have group sessions to apply all that is learned in a more realistic environment. Kids Talk is a unique concept in group language therapy. The ultimate goal of all speech and language therapy is carryover and use of appropriate language into all speaking situations. For some children, this does not happen automatically and needs to be facilitated externally. Kids Talk was designed to achieve this goal by grouping children with similar needs together. Children are grouped by language skills as well as general age and maturity. Our groups consist of 3 or 4 children working towards the common goal of appropriate social/pragmatic language use with the help of a speech-language pathologist as a facilitator.
Goals include: increased eye contact, appropriate social greetings and acknowledgment of others, use of reciprocal language (responding in kind), asking and answering questions, sharing information with others, commenting on the environment, knowing when to say something or not, use of appropriate voice volume/pitch/ intonation,the language of turn-taking, verbalizing during pretend play, knowledge of body language and body-space parameters, use of language for discussion and problem solving, learning alternative ways to verbally respond in a situation.
  

 

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Language Therapy

Language is the basis for most learning. Without language there is no communication. While there are varying degrees of language disorders, the ultimate goal of all people is to comprehend all that is heard and express ideas in all that is spoken.

 

The Listening Program - A Trademark of Advanced Brain Technologies, LLC

The Listening Program is comprised of psychoacoustically refined soundtracks. Specially selected, re-arranged, re-recorded classical music (featuring Mozart) and nature sounds have been processed in post-production with sophisticated sonic technologies. The Listening Program respectfully builds on the theories and clinical research of Dr. Alfred Tomatis, and other sound pioneers. Developed by an interdisciplinary team of educational, therapeutic, medical, music and sound professionals, The Listening Program helps to train the ear and brain to perceive a full spectrum of sound without distortion. The Listening Program exercises the middle ear muscles and provides valuable training and stimulation on through the inner ear, auditory pathways and onto the brain. The goal is to develop a flexible and balanced auditory system.

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Myofunctional Therapy Myofuctional Therapy involves training oral muscle groups to correct a deviant swallow pattern. Tongue thrust or deviant swallow often has a negative impact on dental alignment and speech production. Therefore, habitualizing a correct swallow can, in turn, strengthen muscles which are necessary for correct speech production.  

Oro-Motor Therapy
Oro-Motor Therapy involves all different levels of treatment. The nonverbal child often needs strengthening, sensitization, or sometimes desensitization to be able to use the same muscles for speech production. By working on feeding we can achieve these goals in a natural fashion. Individuals with articulation or phonological disorders often had training or retraining of muscle groups in order to achieve a correct sound placement.  


PROMPT Therapy - Copyright of Prompt Institute, Inc. The PROMPT System (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) was formally devised by D. Hayden in 1980 after working extensively with/and researching varied speech production disordered populations. Since that time, over a span of 19 Years, D. Hayden has continued to develop PROMPT as a Technique, System, Approach, and Philosophy. PROMPT is based on neurological, anatomical, cognitive-linguistic and motor theory principles. It has been said that "PROMPT directly translates the neuro-muscular movements required for the phonemic system, connects them to linguistic-codes and articulatory sequences for communicative interactions".

Rhythm Entrainment Intervention (REI) – Copyright ©1997-2005 REI Institute Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI) is a Music Medicine therapy program utilizing auditory rhythmic stimulation (usually in the form of percussion rhythms) to stimulate the central nervous system and improve brain function. This program is designed to facilitate long-term cognitive and behavioral improvement in the listener.
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Voice Therapy
Although less prevalent in the population, voice disorders are no less frustrating to the speaker. Voice quality disorders such as hoarseness may be a sign of physiological pathology in need of medical examination, while vocal resonance disorders such as hypernasality may be the result of structure anomalies. In most cases, voice disorders respond positively to therapeutic intervention.