WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS OF OPERATION?
At All For Speech Center we make every attempt to accommodate our client’s scheduling needs. Our office is open by appointment only Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 7:00pm and Saturday from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
HOW LONG IS EACH SPEECH THERAPY SESSION?
An average therapy session lasts thirty-fifty minutes, although this may vary depending on the age of the child/adult and/or severity of the delay/disorder. Because attention spans vary between individuals, your speech therapist will suggest an appropriate length of a session using their clinical judgment following the evaluation.
HOW OFTEN WILL MY CHILD/ AN ADULT NEED THERAPY?
We will decide that together. The frequency of therapy is determined by the extent of the child's/adult's delay/disorder, their age and attention span, and what works with each family's schedule. The standard recommendation is two 45-minute sessions per week. This may vary depending upon the type of therapy the child/adult is receiving and compliance. If a therapy schedule is not aggressive enough, progress will be slow. Our goal is to facilitate these changes during the time the neurotransmitters of the brain are most receptive to changes and development.
WON'T MY CHILD JUST GROW OUT OF THIS?
The answer to this question can be yes or no. While some language and articulation errors are perfectly normal at certain ages, others are not. If your child is demonstrating articulation errors or language errors that are age appropriate, chances are they will just grow out of that. However, not all errors are typical and some processes should resolve by a certain age. A skilled Speech Pathologist will be able to assess your child’s speech and inform you if their speech patterns are typical for their age or should require intervention. Atypical error patterns seldom resolve without proper intervention and can impact all aspects of communication and education, so if you are concerned about your child’s speech it is best to have them evaluated by a professional.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY CHILD/ AN ADULT IS PROGRESSING IN THERAPY?
At All for Speech Center we are committed to involving you, the parent/caregiver, by periodically providing individual session and overall progress updates that outline overall progress.
MY CHILD IS NOT EVEN TWO-YEARS-OLD, BUT I’M NOT SURE IF HE/SHE IS MEETING DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES. WHEN SHOULD I CONSIDER CONTACTING A SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST FOR SERVICES?
You should contact a professional as soon as any speech-language-feeding, or any other developmental concerns arise. No child is too young to be helped. If there is a problem, early identification is crucial. Speech and language skills are like building blocks. The foundation is built when a child is very young. Babies begin developing speech and language skills as infants when they “coo” and “babble. The earlier a problem is identified the earlier the skills can be targeted, which can positively affect the rate of progress for your child. Remember: testing recommendations are made to “rule out” a problem. Being sure their child is developing appropriately offers peace of mind for many parents.
WHY SHOULD MY CHILD STOP SUCKING HIS/HER THUMB?
Most children will naturally stop sucking their thumbs between the ages of 2 and 4 years of age. We like to encourage parents, and work with them, to have children stop sucking their thumbs between the ages of 3 and 5, especially if a child is a perpetual thumb sucker. The reason for this is that should thumb sucking persist, it contributes to a variety of dental problems as permanent teeth grow in, around the age of 5 years of age. Frontal lisps can develop, which impact speech production, tongue thrusts, teeth may be malformed, and malocclusion of a child’s jaw might develop