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What to Expect with Speech Teletherapy During COVID-19

As our country continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic many speech therapists are finding they can continue to connect with their clients through video technology.  With speech teletherapy, your child is able to continue learning and developing the skills needed to communicate well as they grow.  Our team of specialists at Speech Source Therapy, Inc. is continually growing and working to offer the best services for our clients though we are unable to meet in person.

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Advantages of Speech Teletherapy

During this period of site closure, the Speech Source Therapy team is now providing teletherapy to our patients via computer, tablet, or smartphone. The benefits of continuing speech therapy via video include:

  • Continued Progress – your little one will not have a gap in learning new skills which will enhance their progress.
  • Learn New Skills – since we are able to see one another, we can continue learning new skills and techniques to best communicate and encourage growth in development.
  • Keeping Routines – your child will find comfort in keeping with their therapy routine by having a stable event to look forward to during this time of constant change.

In addition to the advantages for your children, many funding sources including regional centers, and insurance companies are covering teletherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are also waiving copays.

To learn more about how your child can participate in speech teletherapy, contact our speech and occupational therapy team at Speech Source Therapy, Inc. at SFV: (818) 788-4121 or LA: (213) 493-6698

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Child Development Infant- Toddler Program

Our goal is to better the lives of infants and toddlers who have a disability or who are considered high risk for developing a disability. Our Child Development Infant- Toddler Program is run by a Child Development Specialist using an individualized curriculum and intervention plans according to your child’s specific needs.

What Is A Child Developmental Specialist?

Child Developmental Specialists (CDS’s) are professionals who have a BA/BS or MA/MS in child development, psychology, education, communication disorders, counseling, or any other related field.

If the Child Development Specialist does not have a degree in child development, s/he must accrue 12 units of child development coursework OR a minimum of one year experience in a field of early childhood.

Our Child Development Specialists provide consultations, assessments, evaluations, and therapy to children who have developmental delays and difficulties in the areas of cognitive development, gross/fine motor development, communication, adaptive skills and social-emotional development.

Speech Source is dedicated is to helping children achieve their optimal capabilities in all aspects of their lives. Contact us today for more info about our Child Development Infant- Toddler Program.

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Benefits Of A Preschool Readiness Program

Here at Speech Source Therapy, our Little Learners Early Intervention Program (LLEIP) is a preschool readiness program specifically designed for your child. Preschool readiness (which can also be called kindergarten readiness) refers to a child’s readiness to make a smooth and successful transition and integration into the preschool environment and its routines and expectation.

Little Learners Early Intervention Program

LLEIP is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary center-based group program designed for children between the ages of 18 and 36 months who are demonstrating overall developmental delays and/or disabilities in the areas of speech and language, social/ cognitive development, self-help, motor development, feeding and play skills.

Our program is geared toward children who are at risk or demonstrate global developmental delays or have a diagnosis of Down Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The Little Learners Early Intervention Program uses all of the below strategies to help children learn.

  • Build on a child’s interest
  • Offer a predictable schedule
  • Develop joint attention, communication and social understanding
  • Teach tasks as a series of simple steps
  • Reinforce appropriate behaviors
  • Make use of visual strategies to help understanding
  • Parent education during class time and in support group settings

To schedule a tour of our preschool readiness program, contact our Program Director Lusine Martirosyan at 818-788-4121 ext. 109.

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What Does A Child Occupational Therapist Do?

What Does A Child Occupational Therapist (OT) Do?

Child Occupational Therapists work with premature babies to young children.

In short, the therapist looks at how you do any kind of activity or task. Then they come up with a plan to improve the way you do it to make it easier or less painful.

During your first appointment, the OT will assess your child’s needs. They might tell you to move furniture or get an assistive device. They can help show your child how to perform daily tasks.

Next, they’ll work with you to come up with a therapy plan and set goals designed for your child’s needs, disability, or limits. Your OT can train your child to adapt movements, improve motor skills or hand-eye coordination, or do tasks in new ways like:

  • Address behavior problems in kids who act out or hit others
  • Build hand-eye coordination so they can hit a tennis ball
  • Work on motor skills so they can grasp a pencil

Speech Source is dedicated is to helping children achieve their optimal capabilities in all aspects of their lives. Our passion is to make great accomplishments and strides with each one of our patients. Each patient receives dedicated 1:1 care and a committed team that works diligently to achieve the best possible results. We love seeing each individual child grow and succeed.

Contact us today for more info.

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Speech Source Therapy Tips For Special Education At Home

In light of the COVID-19 lockdown, we’ve put together some helpful tips for providing special education at home in addition to teletherapy.

1. Interact With Your Child: Engage & Explain

Following a routine is important. Even more important is to actively interact with your child by engaging during routine and learning activities, while also making sure to explain each activity.

2. Observe Your Child

Some children with special needs perceive sensory input in different ways and may be unable to verbalize discomfort. Remember that all behavior is communication.  Always keep a lookout for these differences and think about what the child’s behavior is communicating to you.

3. Use Common Sense 

Put safety first and arrange the home environment or any place for learning/engaging for physical and emotional comfort.

4. Use Tactile, Auditory, Or Visual Cues With Your Child

Having the right cues in an environment can mean the difference between participation and non-participation for many children with special needs. Tactile cues like gently touching a person’s shoulder, offering a blanket or other soft fabric, or providing silly putty are easy ways to mark a transition and get a person’s attention. Using color or auditory cues can also help reinforce lessons.

5. Stay Positive, Every Situation Is A Learning Opportunity

A positive attitude is imperative for anyone who works with children with special needs. There will always be ups and downs throughout any learning process, but having the right attitude can make all the difference. Turn struggles into lessons, and bring light to every activity through your positivity.

For more tips or for any questions, please call or email our front office at 818-788-4121 or  support@speechsourceinc.com

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Strategies For The Little Learners Early Intervention Program

The Little Learners Early Intervention Program uses all of the below strategies to help children learn.

    • Build on a child’s interest
    • Offer a predictable schedule
    • Develop joint attention, communication and social understanding
    • Teach tasks as a series of simple steps
    • Reinforce appropriate behaviors
    • Make use of visual strategies to help understanding
    • Parent education during class time and in support group settings

To schedule a tour of our Little Learners early Intervention Program contact our Program Director Lusine Martirosyan at 818-788-4121 ext. 109.

If you are interested in joining a professional team with whom you can grow, please contact us at SFV: (818) 788-4121

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What To Look For In A Child Developmental Specialist

Child Developmental Specialists (CDS’s) are professionals who have a BA/BS or MA/MS in child development, psychology, education, communication disorders, counseling, or any other related field.

If the Child Development Specialist does not have a degree in child development, s/he must accrue 12 units of child development coursework OR a minimum of one year experience in a field of early childhood.

Our Child Development Specialists provide consultations, assessments, evaluations, and therapy to children who have developmental delays and difficulty in the areas of cognitive development, gross/fine motor development, communication, adaptive skills and social-emotional development.

If you are interested in joining a professional team with whom you can grow, please contact us at: 

SFV: (818) 788-4121
LA: (213) 493-6698.

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Reading to Toddlers: Why It’s Essential

The importance of reading to young children has become a common part of parenting life.  Many hospitals even send parents home with a book to start reading to their newborn. So what makes reading to toddlers and babies so essential?  There is evidence that proves reading to children under three years old helps to develop their vocabulary and prepare them for their school-aged years.

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Reasons to Read to Toddlers

There are a variety of different reasons to read to your toddler or baby, including:

  • Early language building.  Reading to your child early and regularly will help them to learn new words and phrases setting a foundation for future communication skills.
  • Expand their vocabulary.  Early reading introduces your child to words they may not hear during day-to-day conversations with family and friends.  Find a book about their favorite character and note how many phrases or words you say while reading and you’ll see the difference in vocabulary.
  • Read with purpose.  While reading to your child, you can point out the feelings a character is expressing or have them point out different actions while you read.  This gives them a clearer understanding of the vocabulary they are reading and it can be fun.
  • Grow vocabulary with questions.  Asking your child questions about the story can help your child develop communication skills for future learning that will stay with them through their development.  By answering your questions they are not only engaging with the story but also with you.

To learn more about how to build your child’s vocabulary skills, schedule a consultation with our speech therapist at Speech Source Therapy, Inc. at SFV: (818) 788-4121 or LA: (213) 493-6698.

 

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The Advantage of Daily Routines for Kids

For many children, daily routines create a structure where they can thrive.  In fact, you may find you have a clearer outlook once regular family routines are in place. So how do you figure out which daily routines for kids are best for your family?

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Designing the Best Daily Routines for Kids

If you are finding it difficult to create daily routines for your kids, visiting a licensed developmental specialist near you can help you better understand how routines help your child and where to start. Common suggestions include:

  • Choosing a portion of the day that is most difficult.  Whether it’s getting ready in the morning, cleaning up toys, or getting ready for bedtime, figuring out which part of your day needs the most attention and creating a routine will transform your family’s day once you have in place.
  • Write down every step in the routine.  Knowing where to start and what to do next will give your child a clear picture of what is expected to complete the routine.
  • Add pictures to the routine.  If you have a young child, pictures are a great way to help them visualize each step.
  • Do the steps with your child.  When beginning your new routine, it is essential that you walk through the steps with your child.  It may be necessary to even demonstrate the step so they clearly understand what to do.  Once your child starts to understand the routine, you can let them take the lead which will give them a boost of confidence.

To learn more about the value of daily routines, contact a developmental specialist near you at Speech Source Therapy, Inc. at SFV: (818) 788-4121 or LA: (213) 493-6698.

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3 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Self-Esteem

For many little ones, confidence is never lacking.  Many young children are ready and willing to try a new skill even if they have to try several times to get it right.  However, there are children who struggle to believe in their capabilities even if they have successfully completed the task before.  As a parent, this can be challenging to navigate at times because you know that your child has the ability to succeed.  So, what do you do?  There are a few steps you can take to help encourage your child’s self-esteem to grow.

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Developing Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Helping your child understand their capabilities and build confidence is an essential part of their development.  There are various ways you can encourage your child, including:

  • Take a Step Back – let your child take a risk, make a decision, or solve a problem.  By taking a step back, you are encouraging your child to use their natural abilities to succeed.
  • Don’t Overpraise – encouraging your child is important, but too much praise may limit their ability to push themselves on their own and make it difficult to persevere during challenging moments.
  • Cultivate Their Interests – help your child discover more about things that interest them and encourage them to follow it through to completion.  By completing the task, they will develop a sense of accomplishment and boost their confidence.

For more tips on how to encourage self-confidence, schedule a consultation with our team of child development specialists at Speech Source Therapy, Inc. at SFV: (818) 788-4121 or LA: (213) 493-6698.

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