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Pathways Speech and Language specializes in evaluating and treating children with the following:

  • Apraxia of speech
  • Articulation disorders
  • Auditory and language processing disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Early Intervention (0-3)*
  • Expressive language delays or disorders
  • Fluency Disorders
  • Pediatric Feeding Disorders
  • Phonological processing disorder
  • Receptive language delays or disorders
  • Social and pragmatic language delays or disorders

Pathways offers these specialized programs to meet the additional needs of our clients:

PROMPT ©

We have clinicians who are specially trained to apply the PROMPT method. Within this system it is suggested that speech production may be disrupted due to a multitude of reasons. The clinician is responsible for looking across all domains (i.e. cognitive, social, behavioral, pragmatic, physical, and sensory-motor) and to find ways in which to utilize the client’s strengths to maximize their potential for communication. PROMPT helps the clinician plan and organize the direction and type of treatment needed for the specific type of speech production delay or disorder. The PROMPT clinician gives input to all areas by using touch, pressure, specific placements, creating auditory and visual awareness, and by being sensitive to timing.

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The Hanen Program ©

It Takes Two to Talk is a program for parents of children up to the age of 5 who have language delays. The popular program was developed by The Hanen Centre and is recognized around the world for its research into how parents communicate with their children and how the communication skills of children with language delays can improve with their parents help. This program helps a child’s parents, the most important people in their lives. A parent learns to help his or her child communicate and connect with the world around them. The program includes individual videotaped sessions of you with your child, informative and personalized classes for small groups of parents, a written assessment at the conclusion of the program and a parent guidebook.

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Toddler Time

We have clinicians who are specially trained to apply the PROMPT method. Within this system it is suggested that speech production may be disrupted due to a multitude of reasons. The clinician is responsible for looking across all domains (i.e. cognitive, social, behavioral, pragmatic, physical, and sensory-motor) and to find ways in which to utilize the client’s strengths to maximize their potential for communication. PROMPT helps the clinician plan and organize the direction and type of treatment needed for the specific type of speech production delay or disorder. The PROMPT clinician gives input to all areas by using touch, pressure, specific placements, creating auditory and visual awareness, and by being sensitive to timing.

Narrative Language Group

The narrative language group at Pathways is comprised of a small group of age/skill matched peers and is focused on building oral narrative skills through story books. Narrative skills have a key role in language and overall communication development as it involves a wide range of abilities including language processing and formulation, expressive and receptive vocabulary and cognitive organization (e.g. attention and memory). Structured story-book activities are used to develop critical oral narrative skills, and activities are tailored to individual needs. The group context promotes awareness of social-communication rules involved in story-telling and simultaneously helps to build imagination and confidence in a social context. The group runs for 10 weeks.

Pathways Pals

Pathways Pals teaches and facilitates social and play skills in a setting as natural as possible. The group is designed to set up fun and motivating activities during which specific social and play skills can be taught as they are occurring. The program fosters the development of skills such as: making friends, reciprocal communication, joining groups, and using verbal and nonverbal communication. Participants learn these new social skills in the clinic and carry that information with them for outings within the community (i.e. play dates, bowling, parks, etc.). Use of video clips allows parents and participants to observe and learn from events. Parent participation is facilitated by parent meetings and written materials; ongoing dialogue is maintained to ensure carry-over of learned skills to the home.

Social Thinking

A treatment framework and curriculum developed by Michelle Garcia Winner targets improving individual social thinking abilities, regardless of diagnostic label. Social Thinking strategies teach individuals how their own social minds work, why they and others react and respond the way they do. How their behaviors affect the way others perceive and respond to them, and how this affects their own emotions, responses to and relationships with others across different social contexts. For individuals being taught or treated the objectives of these strategies include the ability to recognize that they and others have different perceptions and abilities to process social information. It allows them to navigate their social thinking, social interaction and social communication toward more rewarding outcomes; and learn to better adapt and respond to the people and situations around them.

Pathways uses up-to-date technology in their evaluation and therapy including the use of:

  • Ipads
  • Skype
  • Specialized computer programs

* Vendored by Westside Regional Center

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