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[Play is] a natural and pro-social activity of childhood, which supports developments in knowledge, language, and social interactions (Lifter, Ellis, Cannon, Anderson, 2005).

Our therapists have advanced training in the following methodologies:

VISUALIZING/VERBALIZING

The Visualizing and Verbalizing® (V/V®) program develops concept imagery—the ability to create an imagined or imaged gestalt 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.

Individuals of all ages may experience the symptoms of a weakness in concept imagery. This causes weakness in:

  • Reading comprehension

  • Listening comprehension

  • Critical thinking and problem solving

  • Following directions

  • Memory

  • Oral language expression

  • Written language expression

  • Grasping humor

  • Interpreting social situations

  • Understanding cause and effect

ZONES OF REGULATION

The Zones of Regulation is a systematic, cognitive behavior approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete zones.  The Zones curriculum provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of, and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, managing their sensory needs, and improving their ability to problem solve conflicts.  


By addressing underlying deficits in emotional and sensory regulation, executive functions, and social cognition, the curriculum is designed to help move students toward independent regulation.  The Zones of Regulation incorporates Social Thinking® (www.socialthinking.com) concepts and numerous visuals to teach students to identify their feelings/level of alertness, understand how their behavior impacts those around them, and learn what tools they can use to manage their feelings and states.  

FAST FORWORD

Fast ForWord stands alone in its research foundation and results. More than 250 research studies prove that Fast ForWord can build the foundational language and cognitive skills that so many students with special needs, struggling readers and English Language Learners need to succeed. After Fast ForWord, students can improve their language and reading skills by up to two grade levels in as little as three months, simultaneously boosting performance across all areas of study. Research has shown that these gains endure over time. Fast ForWord does what no other intervention can do: it starts with cognitive skills like memory, attention and processing speed and works from the bottom up, using the principles of neuroplasticity. Fast ForWord aims to remediate the underlying difficulties that keep struggling readers and English language learners from making progress.

SOS APPROACH TO FEEDING

Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders: The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach to feeding is a trans-disciplinary program for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties and weight/growth problems from birth to 18 years. It integrates posture,sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.

CAPDOTS

CAPD Online Therapy System (CAPDOTS™) is a deficit-specific, online treatment program for CAPD (Central Auditory Processing Disorder).


Ideal candidates for CAPDOTS™ include those with the following symptoms:
• Difficulty hearing in background noise
• Distracted from listening activities
• Distracted by noise and other sounds
• Inability to follow conversations if more than one person is speaking
• Difficulty following group directions
• Difficulty following complex, multi-step directions
• Does not understand what is required from verbal directions
• Comments “I don’t get it”
• Gets overwhelmed with too much information

 

CAPDOTS™ can be completed in the convenience of your own home, school or wherever there is a computer with an internet connection. No special equipment is required. The listening exercises must be completed 5 days per week, 30 minutes per day for a duration of approximately 12-14 weeks.


Changes in behavior may be observed within 6–8 weeks after starting the program. Improvements in conversational skills, verbal output, participation and alertness may be seen. However, completing the program is required to fully entrench the training. Pre- and post- CAPDOTS™ testing has shown significant improvements in hearing in background noise, and hearing multiple inputs simultaneously.

DIR/FLOORTIME

Stefanie Burns of the Bay Area Speech Studio is a certified Basic DIRFloortime provider. The Developmental Individual-Differences & Relationship-based (DIR) model is effective in improving challenges in relating, interacting and communicating. The play-based Floortime approach supports natural growth in interpersonal relationships, as parents and therapists follow the child's lead in engaging, playing and communicating. The meaningful interactions developed through play are tailored to your child's unique strengths and weaknesses, while promoting their social, emotional and intellectual capacities. 

HANEN: IT TAKES TWO TO TALK, MORE THAN WORDS, & TALKABILITY

It Takes Two to Talk® --- The Hanen Program® for Parents and Children is designed specifically for parents of young children (birth to 5 years of age) who have been identified as having a language delay. In a small, personalized group setting, parents learn practical strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout their day together. The It Takes Two to Talk Program teaches you, step-by-step, how to become your child’s most important language teacher.

 

More Than Words® — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: As a parent, you know how challenging it can be for your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder to interact meaningfully with others and connect with the world around him/her. The More Than Words Program was designed specifically for parents of children ages 5 and under on the autism spectrum. Addressing the unique needs of these children, the program provides parents with the tools, strategies and support they need to help their children reach their full communication potential.

For more information on the benefits of the More than Words Program, please see the following research summary: http://www.hanen.org/Helpful-Info/Research-Summaries/More-Than-Words-Research-Summary.aspx

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