INDIVIDUAL SPEECH THERAPY
Speech therapy sessions are play-based and held in whichever setting is most appropriate for the child, whether it be in-home, school, daycare or clinic. Sessions are meant to be fun and engaging and activities are chosen based on the child’s specific strengths and interests. Following an assessment or 2-4 therapy sessions, treatment goals are written based on the child’s level of development and goals are targeted during therapy. Shannon has experience working with children with receptive and expressive language delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), social communication disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and motor speech disorders, craniofacial abnormalities, fluency disorders, oral motor delay, articulation/phonology disorders, auditory processing disorder, and children utilizing Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
SOCIAL LANGUAGE GROUPS
Group sessions are available to students with social pragmatic difficulties. A free trial is offered so that Shannon can get to know the student and place him or her with an appropriate group of peers. Please contact Shannon for current group therapy offerings. Sessions focus on facilitating friendships, promoting self-regulation, building conversation skills, and teaching higher level social thinking concepts such as perspective taking and social problem solving. Shannon draws from the following curricula:
Social Thinking: Superflex, You are a Social Detective, and We Thinkers!
Zones of Regulation
Joel Shaul’s Green Zone Conversation Book and Conversation Train
Carol McCloud’s Bucket Filling Books
Shannon offers speech and language assessments to children who are new to speech therapy or who have not had an assessment in the last six months. Following caregiver interview and completion of a questionnaire, the appropriate battery of testing is determined and the child is evaluated. A comprehensive report including recommendations and treatment goals is provided to the caregiver.
Shannon is available to conduct speech and language screenings for private schools and daycares to determine if formal evaluations are necessary for any of their students. Screenings are quick and informal and take into account any information from teachers or caregivers.
Shannon is a Hanen-certified SLP trained to provide the following programs: It Takes Two to Talk for parents of late talkers, More than Words for parents of young children with ASD, and Talkability for children with social pragmatic disorders. Parent trainings run over 8-10 weeks with weekly lectures to go over strategies for promoting language development in the home. There are 3 video modeling sessions in the home where parents are coached on using the strategies with their children. Please inquire about current parent trainings offered.
STAFF TRAININGS AND IN-SERVICES
Shannon has provided university lectures and staff trainings on a variety of speech and language related topics including Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), promoting language development during circle time, and speech and language development in the preschool population. Please inquire if you are seeking training for your school or organization.