Visualizing & Verbalizing
The Visualizing and Verbalizing® (V/V®) program develops concept imagery—the ability to create an imagined from language—as a basis for comprehension and higher order thinking. The development of concept imagery improves reading and listening comprehension, memory, oral vocabulary, critical thinking, and writing.
AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION (AAC)
Children and adults with severe speech or language problems may need to find other ways to communicate. There are two main types of AAC—unaided systems and aided systems. You do not need anything but your own body to use unaided systems. These include gestures, body language, facial expressions, and sign language. An aided system uses some sort of tool or device. There are two types of aided systems—basic and high-tech. A pen and paper is a basic aided system. Pointing to letters, words, or pictures on a board is a basic aided system. Touching letters or pictures on a computer screen that speaks for you is a high-tech aided system. You may use one or both types. Most people who use AAC use a combination of AAC types to communicate. Our staff has experience with a variety of AAC unaided and aided systems, including, PECS, GoTalk, ProloQuo2Go, TouchChat, and LAMP.
Contact our offices for current availability of multi-lingual therapists.
We coordinate with agencies and resources throughout Marin and Sonoma counties in an effort to be familiar with personnel and services to facilitate effective and applicable referrals.
Our therapists are well versed in the state-of-the-art evaluation and therapy techniques for apraxia. These include but are not limited to the Kaufman method and the use of specific "tools" to facilitate kinesthetic feedback and the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) program. Frequent and intensive practice is emphasized to facilitate appropriate motor planning along with enhanced sensory input (auditory, visual, tactile and cognitive cues for speech production) and timely/appropriate feedback.
CLIENT FAMILY COUNSELING
Parents, family and patient education and counseling are provided by our speech pathology staff as an integral part of the therapeutic process. Providing education and counseling to our families and caregivers allows therapeutic techniques to carryover and generalize into activities for daily living.
We work with community agencies providing consultative service and in-service training. We consult with schools, hospitals and community agencies to provide comprehensive programs to better serve our clients. We welcome the opportunity to provide consultation and referrals, as well as educational training sessions for parent groups, medical practitioners, educators and businesses in regard to speech and language disabilities.
What Our Clients Say
"My son has been going to Speech and Language Services for about four years. He has a disability and they have worked wonders with him. I have seen tremendous growth in his speech and communication skills. He has seen all the therapists in the office and they have all been fabulous. The front desk has been great as well. Between other therapies and school, Debra has worked with us on schedule changes. It's not easy with a special needs child but I never worry about his speech. They always follow through and it makes my life easier."