Speech therapists (also known as speech-language pathologists) assess, evaluate and treat a variety of populations that experience difficulty communicating. The scope of practice for speech-language pathologists is vast, and encompasses areas such a speech-sound disorders, language, swallowing/feeding, social skills and cognitive/executive functioning. Treatment approaches will vary depending on the needs of the child.
At JoyBridge Kids, we believe interprofessional collaboration is the gold standard model of care for children with Autism and developmental disabilities. We believe the integration of multiple therapy disciplines allows us to provide a holistic approach that most effectively supports the whole child and accelerates progress. Not only do our learners receive individualized one-on-one speech therapy sessions, but our SLP’s also support our registered behavior technicians (RBT’s) in carrying over and implementing our therapeutic approaches to communications throughout the course of the child’s day at JoyBridge. The speech therapist also collaborates with each child’s BCBA to help develop both functionally and developmentally appropriate skill acquisition goals for ABA therapy based on the child’s current strengths, abilities and communication modality.
Some children with Autism may benefit from other communicative modalities such as alternative/augmentative communication (AAC). A communication device, whether electronic or static, is beneficial in supporting verbal communication in addition to learning social functions such as requesting, commenting, negating, asking questions and initiating conversation. AAC devices are often recommended for children that are minimally verbal and/or lack intelligibility when speaking. At JoyBridge Kids, our speech-language therapists will evaluate your child’s needs, and determine which type of AAC device is most appropriate for both the child and the family. After a device is selected, the child’s entire therapy team and their family members will receive ongoing coaching and support on use of the device, and how to support the child utilizing communication skills throughout their day.