Regardless of what your communication concerns may be about your child, from “not talking enough” to “I can’t understand what he is saying” we are here to help! Our licensed Speech-Language Pathologists and related staff specialize in treating children. From the first meeting to discharge, our clinicians aim to make the interactions fun and engaging while building on your child’s communication skills.
Speech and Language Screenings
A speech-language screening is a quick assessment (approximately 15 minutes) of a child’s articulation, fluency, voice, and language to determine if there is a need for further evaluation.
A speech-language evaluation is the measurement of a person’s communication skills to determine if a delay or disorder is present. The therapist working with the child will gain caregiver input and determine the child’s communication strengths and areas of need based on caregiver report, observation, and formal and informal assessment tools. Materials involved are child-friendly and therapists are trained on how to assess children while playing as well as conducting testing activities. Caregivers will receive a report detailing the findings and if needed a plan of care that outlines goals for therapy. Caregivers are encouraged to ask questions and feel comfortable sharing information regarding their children’s skills as well as their goals for their child.
At Cheshire Center, we encourage a Neurodiversity- Affirming approach to speech-language therapy for autistic children and teenagers with some staff specifically trained. We partner with families to create goals that lead to functional gains at home, school, and in the community. Each client can expect a unique plan of care designed to incorporate their individual strengths, interests, and needs.
Expressive and Receptive Language Therapy
Receptive language is your child’s ability to understand or comprehend language. Receptive language therapy is treatment that focuses on listening and comprehension skills. Expressive language is your child’s ability to express themselves using words and/or sentences. Expressive language therapy is treatment that focuses on vocabulary and grammar skills. Language therapy may also focus on social language (pragmatic) skills to help your child functionally communicate with other people for successful daily living skills.
“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the personal attention and support you gave him (and our family) when you worked with our son. You were encouraging, patient, honest, and thorough. I am SO grateful for the work you did with him and I just wanted to make sure you knew that.”
Audiological services are available to ensure children being served at Cheshire Center have adequate hearing skills. Our on-staff audiologist helps us determine how well your child hears and how to best serve your child depending on their hearing abilities. See audiometric services for more information.
Articulation therapy is a treatment that focuses on the accurate production of speech sounds to improve speech clarity and pronunciation.
Stuttering is an involuntary disruption in the forward flow of speech. Stuttering involves not only the surface behaviors but the person’s thoughts and feelings about stuttering and how it impacts their life. The main goal of treatment is to support those who stutter and their families as they navigate the complexities of stuttering in order to be able to freely and confidently communicate with others.
Feeding and Swallowing Therapy
Feeding and swallowing therapy are treatments that focus on improving children’s difficulties with eating and/or swallowing skills. Difficulties may be caused by behavioral, sensory or medical issues.
Caregiver Consultation and Training
As a part of all evaluations and therapy sessions, our therapists partner with parents/caregivers to provide hands on training and education regarding how, when and why to work on certain communication skills. Caregivers are encouraged to take part in sessions so that the development may continue throughout the times in the week when a child is not in therapy.
Even if the language of your home is not English, Cheshire Center can help identify speech or language issues and case manage your child to receive appropriate services. Cheshire Center employs several therapists bilingual in Spanish and English.
Excellent Customer Service
Our therapists and office administrative staff are here to help answer questions and guide you through the process of making a referral. We strive to make the process of accessing speech therapy for a child seamless and successful.