PROMPT© speech therapy with Melinda Schatz

Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 


Melinda Bumgardner Schatz MA CCC-SLP is a speech therapist at the Midtown office at Child and Family Development. She is one of a few Charlotte pediatric speech therapy professionals trained in PROMPT©, a technique which is often used with kids with motor speech difficulties. 

What does PROMPT© stand for? Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets

What is PROMPT©? It is a technique that involves manipulating/shaping the oro-motor structures to help produce sound. It provides multi-sensory information (tactile, auditory, visual) to the speech system.

What types of disorders does it treat? PROMPT© can be used with children and adults with varying speech disorders that are developmental or acquired. PROMPT can help people with apraxia, autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, dysarthria, dysfluency, hearing impairment and phonological difficulties.

How to find more information about PROMPT©? Visit their website or email Melinda

Who can administer PROMPT©? Speech-Language Pathologists who are “trained” or “certified” 

Is PROMPT© right for your child?  Call 704-332-4834 to schedule a free intake with Melinda 

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist

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Topics: Melinda Schatz, C&FD Speech Therapy Services

Multidisciplinary Feeding Clinic at C&FD

Monday, Nov 13, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family Development is pleased to expand our services to include: Multidisciplinary Feeding Evaluations & Clinic Services 

This specialty clinic offers both multidisciplinary evaluations and treatment services for children, ages 4-16 years old, with feeding disorders and/or extreme picky eating. This service is appropriate for children or adolescents who have been formally diagnosed with Avoidance/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (AFRID).

This clinic occurs at our Pineville office with an expert diagnostic team including: 

• psychologists and counselors 
• occupational therapists
• speech therapists  

Feeding problems are characterized by:

• A restricted range or variety of foods, usually less than 20 items
• Resistance to adding new foods
• Refusal of categories of food textures, temperatures or appearance
• Long feeding/ meal times (more than 30 minutes)
• Frequent gagging or vomiting
• Taking a few bites and then refusing more food
 

The Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Approach™ (SOS) model will work to expand children’s food repertoire, improve oral motor skills, and develop socially acceptable feeding behaviors. It is designed to help increase a child’s comfort with eating both in the home and community. The focus of treatment will be on food exploration in a comfortable and sensory supportive environment and will also include a parent education component. Many of our speech therapists and occupational therapists have specialty training in both the sensory and motor aspects of a feeding or swallowing problem. Treatment for feeding disorders can help a child become a functional eater. Treatment strategies include work on oral sensory awareness, motor execution and motor planning tasks, social modeling, structured meal and snack times, positive reinforcement and home programming. These services are designed to provide parents with the training they need to target their child’s eating strategies outside of the clinic and produce positive outcomes. 

EVALUATIONS: The evaluation would include an examination of the structures and movements in the mouth, observation of feeding behaviors, observations of the influences of respiration and posture, and informal assessment of nutrition. Food and drink trials are often included in an assessment. Review of medical history form and other records which are shared prior to first appointment. Standardized behavioral questionnaires are provided for parents and teaching/daycare staff to gain information on skills in the home/school settings and to identify any psychological symptoms which warrant specific treatment (e.g., anxiety). Consultative time is an essential portion of this specialty service and is an out of pocket expense.

• Intake 1-hour diagnostic interview with psychologist for parents only
• Testing Session: 1 ½ hour evaluation with both speech therapist and occupational therapist. This allows comprehensive observation of skills and represents a best-practice approach to evaluation services for feeding therapy.
• Interpretive Parent Conference (IPC): 1 hour appointment with parents and members of the diagnostic team during which parents are able to thoroughly understand their child’s development and feeding therapy plan. A written report includes findings, diagnostic impressions and recommendations.

Estimated evaluation cost: $2,381.00 (partially billable to insurance); may be billable to insurance ($1,205.00) and out-of-pocket only ($270.00). 

FEEDING CLINIC SERVICES: The clinic starts with a parent interview with a psychologist or counselor to review the child’s medical history and gather detailed information about the child’s feeding history, mealtime environment, and related behaviors. A behavioral questionnaire is provided to parents and teachers/childcare providers to gather information from both settings. The feeding clinic provides a 12 week structured curriculum to provide parents with all of the skills and knowledge they need to continue to produce positive outcomes after the clinic ends.

The clinic services are a 2-pronged approach that provides individualized intervention. Parents meet with psychologists and counselors without their children present to learn detailed strategies that work to change their child’s behaviors and approach to food (approximately 8 sessions). Parents and children also participate in several joint sessions to learn effective interventions to learn coping strategies and reduce anxiety (approximately 4 sessions).

Children work 1:1 with a feeding therapist using the (SOS) model with a focus on safe food exploration in a comfortable and sensory supportive environment. This evidence-based program includes a comprehensive parent education component, and parents are expected to participate on all feeding sessions in order to understand their child’s feeding behavior and effective management interventions.

A parent only summary session is provided at the end of the 12 week course with both feeding therapist and psychologist/counselor to review progress and provide a specific plan for next steps.

Both rehabilitation and psychological treatment is billable to insurance. Psychologists and counselors are in-network with Aetna and BCBS. Deductibles and copays apply. An out of pocket charge is included in the registration for services which covers consultative time for treatment team members to meet to discuss each case in detail.

Estimated clinic services cost: billable to insurance – 12 weekly therapy sessions for both psychology and rehab services and self-pay only - $ 336.00

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, C&FD Psychological Services

Cerebral Palsy: diagnosis and treatment at C&FD

Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family Development occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech therapists evaluate and treat people with cerebral palsy.  

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a physical disability that affects movement and posture and is considered a common childhood disability.  17 million people worldwide are impacted by CP.

CP is classified into 3 types:

  • spastic: most common type; muscles are stiff and tight
  • nonspastic/dyskinetic: characterized by involuntary movements
  • mixed: combination of types

CP can affect different parts of the body, especially limbs (arms, legs) but also the face, neck and torso. These conditions can be associated with CP and should be treated:

  • pain
  • intellectual disability
  • non-ambulant
  • hip displacement
  • non-verbal
  • feeding and swallowing difficulties
  • epilepsy
  • behavior challenges 
  • bladder incontinence
  • sleep difficulties
  • blindness
  • deafness

Our pediatric therapists offer a free phone consult to determine if an evaluation or intervention would be beneficial.

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Schedule a free phone consultation with:  Physical Therapist Occupational Therapist Speech Therapist

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Topics: C&FD Physical Therapy Services, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services

5 tips for Halloween communication and fun!

Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Emily Gammon MS CCC-SLP is a pediatric speech therapist at Child and Family Development.  She is offering 5 TIPS on a monthly basis to expand communication opportunities for all! 

Many children with sensory processing, speech- language and/or motor difficulties can experience unique challenges when it comes to the holidays, Halloween included. Costumes can be itchy and uncomfortable, other children can be loud and unpredictable in their behaviors during trick-or-treating and related activities, daily routines can be altered with celebrations and talking with strangers can be rather uncomfortable. Here are some tips and tricks for a ghoul-tastic Halloween: 

1. Prepare your children for Halloween and related activities by watching kid-friendly movies. Some suggestions include: It’s a Big Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Casper and Hocus Pocus for the older kids! These movies might help them to better understand how this holiday pastime really works.

2. Practice trick-or-treating at home! You could incorporate different family members while practicing the sequence of events from knocking on the door/ringing the doorbell to receiving goodies into their buckets! (Our therapy offices also have practice "go-arounds" from 10/25-10/31)

3. Create a visual schedule to depict what will happen while trick-or-treating. This is really good for those kids who need an extra picture cue for what to expect around an unfamiliar event. It is really helpful to use language such as: first, then, next and last when building visual schedules.

4. Carefully select a costume that is conducive to your child’s speech, motor and sensory challenges. Remember that masks and other pieces that cover the face might make it difficult to navigate the streets while trick-or-treating at night, scratchy and itchy fabrics might exacerbate underlying sensory challenges and long or heavy fabrics might make mobility more difficult. Try on costumes in advance to address any issues with fit or comfort!

5. For those children who are non-verbal, consider carrying a card or pre-programming their AAC device to help them become an active participant in trick-or-treating! The message could read somewhat like this:  “Hello, my name is ___________. I am not yet able to say “trick-or-treat” or “Happy Halloween” but I am learning. Thanks for understanding and Happy Halloween!” If your child can manipulate their device with consistency, consider adding a few short messages on the home page that say “trick-or-treat”, “Happy Halloween” and “thank you”!

Happy Halloween!  

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Emily Gammon

Worried about autism? Wondering if your child is on track?

Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Worried about autism? Wondering if your child is on track? 

Child and Family Development offers Multidisciplinary Developmental Evaluations for children ages 24 months-4 years

Our multidisciplinary infant-toddler diagnostic team offers these specialty evaluations at our Midtown Child and Family Development office. The diagnostic evaluation assesses domains for language and communication skills, early cognitive development, adaptive functioning, play skills and symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Fall 2017 expert diagnostic team:
Psychologist, Devon Redmond PhD
Speech-Language Therapist, Melinda Schatz MA CCC-SLP

Usual and customary tools:  
• Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2®)
• Autism Spectrum Rating Scales (ASRS™)
• Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, Third Edition (Bayley-III®) 
• Preschool Language Scales, Fifth Edition (PLS-5™)
• Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Third Edition (Vineland-3™)

Estimated cost: $2,381.00 (partially billable to insurance)

Read more about multidisciplinary evaluations here.   

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Topics: Melinda Schatz, Devon Redmond, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Psychological Services

Using the Sequential Oral Sensory™ (SOS) Approach for feeding difficulties

Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Many Child and Family Development occupational therapists and speech therapists are trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory™ (SOS) Approach to Feeding.

SOS is a feeding approach for children who have trouble at mealtime.  This approach was founded by a child psychologist, Kay Tommey, PhD and a speech therapist, Erin Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP.  SOS may be beneficial in many settings and populations. Parents and caregivers of children who will not eat are faced with a difficult and often puzzling challenge. Because the interplay between weight gain and a child’s experience of food can be complicated, there is rarely an easy solution when a feeding problem arises. SOS uses a transdisciplinary team approach which assess the “whole child”: organ systems, muscles, sensory development, oral motor, learning and behavior, cognition, nutrition and environment.  SOS focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food and allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way, beginning with the ability to tolerate the food in the room and in front of him/her; then moving on to touching, kissing and eventually tasting and eating foods.  Additional information is available on www.spdfoundation.net.

Recently, 4 C&FD therapists completed the "When Children Won't Eat: Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders Assessment and Treatment using the SOS Approach to Feeding" course in the Charlotte area.  

  • Rebecca Case MS OTR/L: I enjoyed the holistic strategies that include attention to behavior, cognition, core strength as well as feeding, that can be applied to many of her clients
  • Meghan Davidson-Palmer, MS OTR/L: The instructors were wonderful and provided a lot of practical tools I will use in occupational therapy regularly
  • Kristin Lyman, MA CCC-SLP: I appreciate this evidence-based program that will help my clients have more success when eating. I really liked that the course taught us how to help children develop oral motor and sensory processing skills at the same time through play.
  • Kim Toomer, MOT OTR/L: I gained so much knowledge in the areas of oral motor skills and feeding assessment and treatment. I used the techniques immediately after course and also learned new behavioral strategies that can be applied to all my clients, not just those with feeding difficulties.

If your child is a very picky eater or has a highly limited diet, consider scheduling a free phone Intake with one of the 9 SOS pediatric therapists here to determine if an evaluation is recommended.

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Schedule a free phone consultation with:  Physical Therapist Occupational Therapist Speech Therapist

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, Kim Toomer, Kristin Lyman, Meghan Davidson-Palmer, Rebecca Case

Speech & Language Social Skills groups

Friday, Oct 6, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Kristin Lyman MA CCC-SLP is pleased to offer SPEECH & LANGUAGE SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development. Speech therapists work with kids and teens to improve social skills. When there are shared goals, groups can be formed to expand opportunities for practice and friendships.

Objectives Social skills groups are for children who struggle during interactions with others. Participants focus on practical conversational skills, such as:

  • Greetings
  • Turn-taking
  • Expressing yourself
  • Initiating and maintaining conversations
  • Social awareness
  • Emotions
  • Reading nonverbal language from others
  • Problem solving difficult situations

In the group setting, speech therapists facilitate the interactions to help children understand how to navigate various social situations. Sessions involve a variety of activities including lessons, turn-taking games, social stories, and role-playing for application of skills.  Groups are typically formed by age, but communication skills are considered too:

  • 6 years old and under
  • 7-14 years old
  • 15+ years old

Here's what some parents say about these groups:

  • “<My child> has achieved a refreshing confidence and a fearless daring spirit in his language skills.”
  • “<Our teen> has not only increased his speech abilities substantially, he has made a great friend!”

Scheduling These groups are ongoing, so new clients may join in at anytime. Typically, up to 4 participants are in a group.   

Cost Families may use available insurance benefits. Regular deductibles and co-pays apply. Prior Authorization, medical necessity approval and evaluations are required, as applicable by funding source. Families may also pay privately. Group services are $54/ session.      

Contact

Kristin Lyman, MA CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, 704.541.9080 ext. 213

Click here to view and print the information page.

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Kristin Lyman

Don't Take Our Word For It! Takes one to know one!!

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017 by Child & Family Development

When services began for one family, the speech therapist knew she was talking to an informed parent.  Turns out the child's mother works with kids too! Recently she shared:  

"Kristin Lyman is amazing and <my son> loves her.  I really appreciate her energy to my kiddo.  You can tell she's devoted to her kids and this field.  We feel so lucky to work with her!"  

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Testimonials, Kristin Lyman

5 tips for talking with a teacher about a child's communication difficulties

Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Emily Gammon MS CCC-SLP is a pediatric speech therapist at Child and Family Development.  She is offering 5 TIPS on a monthly basis to expand communication opportunities for all! 

Often times, parents can become uneasy at the beginning of the school year hoping that they and their child(ren) will get along with their new teacher(s). This can be especially difficult if the child has speech and/or language difficulties. Try these tips:  

1. Foster an open line of communication early on in the school year. It is okay to ask for emails and updates about how your child is doing during school and activities and skills that your child is working on.
2. Inform the teacher(s) about the community services your child receives as well as the therapy goals. If the teachers the child’s strengths and weaknesses, ways to help him express himself and understand others via appropriate compensatory strategies, they will be able to support your child in the classroom successfully. 
3. Foster an open line of communication between school staff and therapist(s). It can be helpful for the professionals working with your child to communicate about therapeutic activities, school activities, mastered skills and ways to overlap and reinforce one another's strategies. An Authorization For Release Of Information form is required for this communication. 
4. Schedule regular meetings with teacher(s). Share details about your child's functional skills, ways the teacher can support the child and what you will do at home to facilitate school success. 
5. Discuss ideas for community involvement and extracurricular activities with your child’s teacher. They may have great suggestions related to academics and grade-level expectations. 

Our team of speech therapists can help your child be successful in school and other settings.  

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Emily Gammon

Multidisciplinary developmental evaluations at C&FD

Monday, Sep 11, 2017 by Child & Family Development

We are pleased to expand our services to include: Multidisciplinary Developmental Evaluations for children ages 24 months-4 years

Our multidisciplinary infant-toddler diagnostic team offers these specialty evaluations at our Midtown Child and Family Development office. The diagnostic evaluation assesses domains for language and communication skills, early cognitive development, adaptive functioning, play skills and symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Expert diagnostic team:
Psychologists, Ashley Kies PhD or Devon Redmond PhD
Speech-Language Therapist, Melinda Schatz MA CCC-SLP

Usual and customary tools:  
• Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2®)
• Autism Spectrum Rating Scales (ASRS™)
• Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, Third Edition (Bayley-III®) 
• Preschool Language Scales, Fifth Edition (PLS-5™)
• Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Third Edition (Vineland-3™)

Estimated cost: $2,381.00 (partially billable to insurance)

Read more about multidisciplinary evaluations. 

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Topics: Melinda Schatz, Devon Redmond, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies

Logan Carter, speech therapist, celebrates 1 year at C&FD

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Logan Carter

Logan Carter MS CCC-SLP is a speech therapist at the Midtown office.  She is celebrating year at Child and Family Development this month.

Inspiration to help others came early for her.  She shares this story:

"When I was in middle school, I would look after my neighbor’s mother, who had dementia. We would sit together and watch her favorite shows while her daughter would be away. She never remembered my name, who I was, or why I was there. The first time we met, I was wearing my volleyball jersey. She looked at me and said in her southern accent, “Volleyball. Do you play volleyball?” I replied, “Yes ma’am, I do. Do you like volleyball?” I would wear my jersey each time I sat with her because I knew she would talk to me about volleyball. I valued the time we shared, the discussions we had, and the opportunity I gave her daughter so she could have a little time for herself. From that day forward, I knew I wanted to help people and their families communicate. That’s what inspired me to pursue the field of speech and language pathology."

...and adds: 
"The best part about working at C&FD is being able to provide our families with a multidisciplinary approach to help them meet their individual needs. In the past year, I’ve learned so much from my colleagues, our families and our clients. I can’t wait to see what this year has to offer!"

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Logan Carter

Lisa Peterson, speech therapist, celebrates 18 years at C&FD

Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Lisa Peterson

Lisa Peterson MS CCC-SLP is a speech therapist and primarily works at community schools. She is celebrating 18 years at Child and Family Development this month.

Lisa provides off site therapy at The Fletcher School.  She loves the interface between the classroom and speech therapy, especially given her training and experience in education.  

Although we don't see her often in the offices, she always has a smile ready for the team!  

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Lisa Peterson

Kristin Lyman SLP celebrates 2 years at Child and Family Development

Monday, Aug 21, 2017 by Child & Family Development


Kristin Lyman MA CCC-SLP marks 2 years at Child and Family Development this month! She is a speech therapist at the Pineville office.    

She shares:

"I am so thankful to have the opportunity to work with many different children and families at CFD.   Being an SLP is so rewarding and it always keeps me on my toes.  I love having such a diverse caseload- from working on language skills with toddlers, leading social skills groups,  helping kids learn to use communication devices and helping children improve feeding skills.  Each day is different from the next.  I truly enjoy getting to watch these kids grow and do amazing things."   

Happy Anniversary Kristin! 

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Kristin Lyman

Stephanie Tolley SLP celebrates 5 years at Child and Family Development

Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017 by Child & Family Development


Stephanie Tolley MS CCC-SLP marks years at Child and Family Development this month! She is a speech therapist at the Pineville office.    

She has been a star pediatric therapist throughout her time at C&FD.  While we celebrate her tenure here we are also saying farewell as she transitions to a new opportunity closer to home. 

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services

5 tips to encourage preschooler's communication skills 

Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Emily Gammon MS CCC-SLP is a pediatric speech therapist at Child and Family Development.  She shares 5 pro tips for parents to encourage expressive language and receptive language in the little ones:

  1. PROVIDE CHOICES: To increase expressive language output, give your child two choices to decide between. Presenting these choices verbally and visually is helpful for your child’s cognitive organization as well as highly motivating.  It gives them a chance to choose what they want to do! Try this games, activities or even daily routines like getting dressed or choosing a breakfast item. For kids that tend to always revert to the choice on the same side, you can try presenting the options vertically, one on top of the other!
  2. TAKE YOUR TIME: Give your child a chance to respond or make a communicative attempt even if it feels a little awkward. Whether your child is a verbal or a nonverbal communicator, some kids require extra time to process the information that has been given to them and to formulate a response. Sometimes, silence is key!
  3. NARRATE: Talk about what you all are doing while it is happening. The technical word for this is parallel talk. Parallel talk gives your child the ability to hear language being used as it directly corresponds to what is happening before their eyes. You can think of it as narrating a daily routine or describing play time! Plus, it exposes your child to new vocabulary and related concepts.
  4. GAMETIME: Make a game out of building vocabulary! While preparing a meal, label stuff that is red/items in a recipe/tools being used.  While at the park or taking a walk, label items that are circles/things that moves/colors you see. This will build your child’s understanding of different words by attaching a physical object to it.  Don't be surprised to hear those words pop up in future conversations! 
  5. SHORT AND SWEET: Speak in shorter, more functional phrases. Instead of saying to a young child, “Go over there and get the green ball and bring it here, please” you could say, “green ball please” to help the child understand clearly what is being asked of them. For kids who are just starting to become verbal communicators, this type of functional language is simpler and easier to follow. The idea, too, is that the phrase is comprised in a way that the child could imitate it. Speaking in shorter phrases gives both the child an opportunity to understand what is being requested and also the ability to repeat or recreate the phrase!

Our team of speech therapists can help get communication going for your child! 

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist

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Speech therapist, Logan Carter completes PECS® training

Wednesday, Jul 12, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Speech therapist, Logan Carter MS CCC-SLP, completed a continuing education course about the widely used Picture Exchange Communication System® (PECS).   

  • Picture Exchange Communication System® (PECS) Level 1 training
  • Picture Exchange Communication System® (PECS) to Speech Generating Devices (SGD)- Guidelines & Recommendations

PECS was developed in 1985 as a unique augmentative/alternative communication intervention package for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and related developmental disabilities. It has received worldwide recognition for focusing on the initiation component of communication. PECS does not require complex or expensive materials. It was created with families, educators, and resident care providers in mind, so is readily used in a range of settings.  PECS begins by teaching an individual to give a picture of a desired item to a “communicative partner", who immediately honors the exchange as a request. The system goes on to teach discrimination of pictures and how to put them together in sentences. In the more advanced phases, individuals are taught to answer questions and to comment. 

PECS has been successful with individuals of all ages demonstrating a variety of communicative, cognitive and physical difficulties. Some learners using PECS also develop speech and others may transition to a speech generating or augmentative communication device. The body of research supporting the effectiveness of PECS continues to expand, with research from countries around the world.

Read more about PECS on their website

Logan enjoyed both courses and shares: 

  • The Picture Exchange Communication System®  (PECS) is a communication training program that is designed to help students who do not speak at all, speak only when prompted to, or those who exhibit no functional or socially acceptable speech. PECS is an intervention that has been researched and proven to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) communicate; however, the picture based system can also be used with a variety of individuals who have other related communication difficulties. The most essential component when learning to communicate, is initiating. The student being trained to use PECS is initially taught “how” to communicate by using a single picture in exchange for a highly motivating reward, called a reinforce. Students progress through six phases starting with single pictures, then later learn to combine pictures to make sentences. These phases are implemented across environments and with a variety of people in order for them to remain effective. PECS is extremely systematic and highly tailored to each person. I am excited that I am able to provide individuals with a functional and practical method of communication. 
  • As the person moves through all the phases of PECS, a specific and customized communication notebook is developed just for him.   Once able to use PECS across settings and with multiple communication partners, some individuals may be an ideal candidate for transitioning to a Speech Generating Device (SGD). With this training, I am more able to assist with the transition of choosing a device and teaching functional use of a device. 

The Child and Family Development team of 8 speech therapists offering free phone intakes and screens.  

  Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist

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Allison Parker, speech therapist celebrates 3 years at C&FD

Friday, Jul 7, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Allison Parker

Allison Parker MA CCC-SLP is a speech therapist at the Midtown office.  She is celebrating years at Child and Family Development this month.   

She is known for her sweet and giving spirit and gentle nature.  Kids and families love her-- and so do we! 

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introducing solids, a speech therapy article review 

Friday, Jun 30, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Stephanie Tolley MS CCC-SLP, speech therapist at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development, recently reviewed an article from Eat Right about introducing solids to your baby.   

The article highlights how to know when your child is ready to begin eating more varied food textures and provides developmental expectations at 6 months, 9 months and 12 months.  

Stephanie shares, "I find a lot of families are unsure about when to introduce solids. I love that this article comments on what to look for so you know when baby might be ready as every child is different and some children may be ready sooner or later than others. I think it’s also a nice outline of ages for introducing appropriate foods."

Read full article here.  

Read more about C&FD speech therapy here.      

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Child and Family Development welcomes speech therapist, Emily Gammon

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Emily Gammon MS CCC-SLP, joined the Child and Family Development team this month.      

Emily received her BA from Indiana University and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology at West Virginia University.  Emily has had the opportunity to work with a vast population of children with varying speech- language, developmental and congenital disorders. She uses components of these these approaches in speech therapy: Talk Tools®, PROMPT©, Beckman© oral motor exercises and other therapeutic interventions. She has worked children with a variety of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, sensory processing disorders, receptive and expressive language delays, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, traumatic brain injuries, non-traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, auditory processing disorders, dysphagia/ feeding disorders and other developmental and genetic diagnoses. 

Emily enjoys working with children because of the connections she makes with the family. She enjoys watching kids progress, while helping their family members understand how to help their children effectively communicate.

She works at both the Midtown and Pineville offices.

Welcome Emily!  

Read more about our speech therapy services here.       

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Emily Gammon

Speech-Language Social Skills groups

Monday, Jun 12, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Kristin Lyman MA CCC-SLP is pleased to offer SPEECH-LANGUAGE SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development. Speech therapists work with kids and teens to improve social skills. When there are shared goals, groups can be formed to expand opportunities for practice and friendships.

Objectives Social skills groups are for children who struggle during interactions with others. Participants focus on practical conversational skills, such as:

  • Greetings
  • Turn-taking
  • Expressing yourself
  • Initiating and maintaining conversations
  • Social awareness
  • Emotions
  • Reading nonverbal language from others
  • Problem solving difficult situations

In the group setting, speech therapists facilitate the interactions to help children understand how to navigate various social situations. Sessions involve a variety of activities including lessons, turn-taking games, social stories, and role-playing for application of skills.  Groups are typically formed by age, but communication skills are considered too:

  • 6 years old and under
  • 7-14 years old
  • 15+ years old

Here's what some parents say about these groups:

  • “<My child> has achieved a refreshing confidence and a fearless daring spirit in his language skills.”
  • “<Our teen> has not only increased his speech abilities substantially, he has made a great friend!”

Scheduling These groups are ongoing, so new clients may join in at anytime. Typically, up to 4 participants are in a group.   

Cost Families may use available insurance benefits. Regular deductibles and co-pays apply. Prior Authorization, medical necessity approval and evaluations are required, as applicable by funding source. Families may also pay privately. Group services are $54/ session.      

Contact

Kristin Lyman, MA CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, 704.541.9080 ext. 213

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