WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW?
WHAT AREAS DO YOU SERVE?
We are licensed in New York State and serve clients through virtual platforms throughout the state. Our clinic is located in Westchester, NY, so New York State residents within travel distance are welcome in-person. We are not yet licensed in New Jersey or Connecticut.
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS TREAT EXECUTIVE FUNCTION DIFFICULTIES?
Executive function skills are built on language, and language is something that SLPs are highly knowledgeable about. At its core, executive dysfunction is a disorder of the internal language we use to manage self-control, self-evaluation, and self-motivation.
You may have heard of executive function as having problems with impulse control, difficulties planning and staying organized, or difficulties with time management and initiating tasks. This is all true. These are all symptoms of executive function difficulties. But, in order to help those who struggle, we need to do more than get a planner, a backpack organizer and some sticky notes.
In order to effectively treat executive dysfunction, therapy needs to help develop metacognitive and organized language skills to support true learning and build independent skills.
Executive function therapy can help students learn and establish skills to follow routines, learn how to break down and sequence the steps of a task, develop visualization and future imagination skills, follow directions and rules, control impulses, and develop cognitive flexibility.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SOCIAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS THERAPY?
Social communication skills are the foundation to language skills and are key to developing friendships and building a strong social support network. It includes verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction and social cognition, and can be viewed as the “unwritten rules” of the language of a culture. There are many different languages, communication styles and norms, however. Autistic children and adults have a communication style that differs in many aspects from that of non-autistics, or neurotypical people, and understanding across these is not always easy, making for frequent miscommunication. A social communication skills program can help bridge that gap, provide tools to interpret “the other language”, and build social confidence. The goal of a social communication skills program should never be to teach the participant how to change themselves to appear normal or how to mask, but rather to build self advocacy and social skills that feel genuine to the individual person.
WHY SHOULD WE OPT FOR PRIVATE SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY?
As a private practice, we have more freedom and can provide more individualized attention and care than what is possible in a school setting. Our treatment process will be catered to exactly what your child or teen needs and what makes the most sense for your specific situation. This often means that we can make progress towards goals much faster than school-based therapy. Rather than getting pulled out of important teaching content at school, and potentially in a group therapy setting, your child or teen will receive one-on-one specialized therapy.
SHOULD I CHOOSE SPEECH-LANGUAGE THERAPY OR ABA FOR MY AUTISTIC CHILD?
That is an excellent question! ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) is a commonly prescribed therapy for autistic children, and it differs in many ways from speech-language intervention. As of late, there is frequent discussions within the autism community regarding whether ABA is the right answer. ABA is a behavioral approach that seeks to shape the behavior of children. It is often criticized for choosing goals without consideration of autistic needs, such as sensory sensitivity or overwhelm, and without reflecting deeply on the need to change our behavior or the environment to better support the child.
In contrast speech-language pathology is based on a social-pragmatic and developmental approach that addresses challenges with language and communication. Speech-language therapy can help autistic children improve their verbal, nonverbal, and social communication, with the goal of helping the child communicate in more useful and functional ways.
Needs, of course, vary from individual to individual. Some autistic persons are not able to speak. Others can talk but have difficulty holding a conversation or understanding body language and facial expressions when talking with others. A speech therapist can help assess the needs and build a program that directly addressed the needs of the individual, based on their strengths and needs. Goals may include improving spoken language, learning nonverbal skills such as signs or gestures, or learning to communicate using an alternative method such as an augmentative and alternative communication device (AAC). Speech therapists use a variety of strategies including picture cues and tactile prompts, to develop and strengthen communication skills.
Speech-language therapy can be used as an alternative to ABA therapy or in addition to ABA therapy to help make children strong and confident communicators, while meeting them where they are and building on their individual strengths.
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
We do not bill insurance directly, but are happy to supply you with monthly out-of-network insurance paperwork (i.e., superbill) on request. We advise that you check with your insurance company to determine whether you are eligible for reimbursement. We accept private pay (cash, check, debit/credit card), Health Saving Accounts (HAS) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA).