SERVICES FOR CHILDREN
At Rockford Speech Therapy there are a variety of services available for children ages 0-18 years old. We serve children who have communication disorders such as expressive/receptive disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, stuttering, and children who need Alternative or Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices or services. We offer individual one-on-one therapy as well as alternative locations and parent coaching.
One-on-one speech therapy tailored for your child's needs with fun activities that keep them engaged. Sessions run from 45 minutes to 75 minutes depending on your needs and timeline. The needs would be assessed in a consultation/meet and greet and from there we would decide the path to take.
Babies have lots of new skills to learn—lifting their heads, sitting up, and saying their first words! Parents are often concerned when a child’s development seems slower than expected. If your toddler is not saying words as quickly as his peers, he may need some support for the early language. Early language is for children from birth-3 years old who need support with their early communication skills.
Along with the clinic, I'm able to meet you where is most convenient for you. Whether it's in your home, daycare, or a meeting to discuss progress at a coffee shop that's close to your work. Let me know what works best for you and your family.
Fluency/Stuttering is when a child may struggle at times to get words out or repeat part or whole words. There are various treatment techniques for stuttering depending on the age of the child, including direct, indirect therapy, or a combination of the two.
Expressive/Receptive Language Disorder
A Receptive Language Disorder is when a child may have difficulty understanding language, they may not understand what certain words mean or how they go together. They may have difficulty following directions or answering questions appropriately. An Expressive Language Disorder is when a child may have difficulty using language. They may have difficulty with putting words together in the right form or order (grammar) or knowing the appropriate names for things (vocabulary).
Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC)
AAC refers to methods of communicating that do not involve direct speech from an individual. These methods include gestures, facial expressions, writing, sign language, communication aids (charts, language boards), and electronic devices. AAC is considered a language in itself. If your child is nonverbal or using AAC to help support their communication skills. We can help you choose the correct device and how to incorporate it into your everyday routines!
Parent/Caregiver coaching is available. This includes activities and strategies to incorporate into your everyday routines that promote language development. This would include meeting with the parent for 30-60 minutes individually, or parent coaching can be incorporated into the child's therapy. The goal is to give the parent the strategies that they need to effectively help their child with their speech/language development.
Articulation and Phonological Disorder
An Articulation Disorder is when a child may have difficulty saying a certain sound or sounds (such as saying “wabbit” for “rabbit” or “wamp” for “lamp”). A Phonological Disorder is when a child may have difficulty with certain patterns of sounds (such as leaving off the beginning or ending sounds in words, or one sound in consonant clusters, such as saying “top” for “stop”).