How We Can Help
Potential Results from a Consultation with Simply Spoken Therapy
- It is determined that your child’s skills are age appropriate and you can put your mind at ease. We may offer additional home suggestions to ensure that your child’s language continues to progress and develop.
- Your child is identified with a communication delay, and you can begin the speech-language therapy process so that your child can learn age-appropriate communication skills. The best therapy outcomes occur when services are implemented early, which is why seeking a consultation or evaluation as soon as you have concerns is extremely important.
I get it, you’re tired of other people interrupting your child and you hate that you still have to translate for him day after day. You worry that he won’t be able to make friends at school or communicate to his teachers how amazingly smart and funny he is. It breaks your heart when kids walk away or worse yet, asks YOU what he said. You wonder if they will ever be able to tell you what he did at school that day.
Rest easy, I can help. After an evaluation to determine what type of speech sound disorder it is (yes, there are many types), we can put some specific and highly personalized goals into action. Your child will learn how to say sounds in a new way so he can make friends, tell you what he needs, and share moments with you without any stress or worry!
Late Talking Toddlers
Your pediatrician said he should have 2-word phrases by age 2, but your little one just isn’t there yet. You know that he understands everything you say and is smart, funny, and creative but why isn’t he talking yet? During playdates or at school you find yourself counting how many words kids his age are using and wondering what those parents are doing differently. Most of the time you can anticipate exactly what he needs but not always. In those moments there are tears, screaming, frustration, and you wish that he could just tell you what he wants. Your friends tell you not to worry and give him time, but what if you are just wasting time?
Having a late-talking toddler can be frustrating for both parents AND your child. We know how important it is to meet your child where they are and put some goals in place that challenge them to use more verbalizations while allowing them to feel successful.
Difficulties with social skills can be hard to pinpoint in some kids. You know he has his own way of doing things but he doesn’t seem to understand that other kids see his actions as a little strange. He doesn’t get invited to birthday parties, does not have a ton of friends, and prefers to do what he wants without compromising with others. He is smart, so he doesn’t get much help in school. You want him to get along with his peers, but explaining how to act in social situations is hard. Your other kids just understood that you have to wait in line at the store, that not everyone wants to talk about the newest video game, making eye contact is important, and having a meltdown because he got a ham sandwich instead of turkey is not appropriate. Will these difficulties hold him back? Will he struggle to make real meaningful connections?
Difficulties with social skills are complex. Many of the challenges these kids face isn’t with the black and white areas, its with the grey. Many social skills are not explicitly taught which can be confusing. At simply spoken therapy we work together to help your child understand perspective-taking, how to be part of a group, the importance of hidden rules, and how his reaction should match the size of the problem.
Language-Based Learning Disabilities
How hard should school be? Your child does ok, but not great. And he is working SO hard to be just “ok”. Many of my clients say homework is a struggle and they spend hours arguing over it. Kids with language-based learning issues will often say their favorite part of school is art, music, and gym class, and it’s usually because reading and math are hard. Maybe they have a hard time understanding the directions in a fast-paced classroom setting, or they can’t quite come up with the right word and get stuck with that “tip of the tongue” moment. Some kids even struggle with organizing their thoughts in an efficient and concise way verbally or in writing. You have talked to the teacher but he just isn’t “low enough” and does not meet the criteria for further support. Gosh is it frustrating!
It doesn’t have to be this way. I have helped families find their way back to less painful homework sessions and give kids the tools they need to navigate their learning style, asking for support when needed, and how to think about language in a different way.