Speech therapist, Melinda Schatz, celebrates 6 years at C&FD

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Melinda Schatz!

Melinda Schatz, MA CCC-SLP is a speech therapist therapist at Child and Family Development- Midtown.  This month, she celebrates 6 years!   

She shares her secret professional joy:

"Working with children gives me a reason to play with all the cool new games and toys!"

Have fun!

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Speech therapist, Melinda Schatz completes PECS training

Monday, May 23, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

Speech therapist, Melinda Bumgardner Schatz MA CCC-SLP, completed a continuing education course this month about the widely used Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).   

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. Others may transition to a voice output system. 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

Melinda was even pleased with the course than she expected and shares: 

"While I have used pictures as communication tools and visual aids for a long time in my speech therapy sessions, the PECS training was very helpful.  PECS is a very structured, research driven approach to building functional communication. A big focus of the program is initiating communication, a skill that children with autism spectrum disorder and other communication difficulties often struggle to acquire. I am excited to implement the PECS approach with some of the children I work with to help them become functional communicators."

The Child and Family Development team of 9 speech therapists offers 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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What is Speech Therapy?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

 

Speech therapists can help with communication, eating and more. 

We provide services to children, teens and young adults with developmental, neurological and congenital impairments.  Services can be habilitative (learning a skill for the first time) or rehabilitative (becoming more proficient at a skill or relearning a skill).  We focus on improving a child's ability to interact with and enjoy his environment.  

If you notice difficulties in one or more of these areas, an evaluation and treatment may be appropriate: 

  • Articulation/ Phonemic Awareness
  • Auditory Processing 
  • Communication
  • Oral Movement for speech and eating 
  • Phonological Awareness/ Phonological Processing
  • Voice/ Fluency 

Some of our speech therapy specialty services are:

Click here for more information on the Child and Family Development speech therapists at our Charlotte and Pineville offices!

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: Stephanie Tolley, Allison Parker, Ann Guild, Melinda Schatz, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Kristin Lyman, Lisa Peterson

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

Monday, May 2, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 


May is Better Speech and Hearing Month and we are celebrating with our team.  

MIDTOWN

  • Amy Elder MA CCC-SLP
  • Ann Guild MA CCC-SLP
  • Allison Parker MA CCC-SLP
  • Melinda Schatz MS CCC-SLP

PINEVILLE

  • Kristin Lyman MA CCC-SLP
  • Lisa Peterson MS CCC-SLP
  • Stephanie Tolley MS CCC-SLP 

Click here for more information about the speech therapists at Child and Family Development!

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: Stephanie Tolley, Allison Parker, Ann Guild, Melinda Schatz, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Kristin Lyman, Lisa Peterson

PROMPT© speech therapy with Melinda Schatz

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016 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 limited number of Charlotte pediatric 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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Speech therapist, Melinda Schatz celebrates 5 years at C&FD

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Melinda Schatz, MA CCC-SLP 

Melinda Schatz is a speech therapist at the Midtown office and is celebrating 5 years at Child and Family Development this month. 

With 17 years in practice, Melinda brings experience and expertise to her clients each day. Her specialties include:

  • Augmentative communication
  • Early language intervention
  • Hanen It Takes Two To Talk®
  • PROMPT© training 
  • Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson Oral Motor Intervention Approach:Talk Tools®

Her colleague shares:  

Melinda is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable clinician! I admire how she is always expanding her pediatric therapy skills. Melinda always is looking for the best continuing education courses. She has unique trainings, including PROMPT to help people with apraxia. 

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Pediatric speech therapy with PROMPT©

Friday, Oct 2, 2015 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 limited number of Charlotte pediatric 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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Speech therapist endorses treatment for children who are nonverbal

Friday, Aug 7, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Melinda Bumgarder Schatz MS CCC-SLP, speech therapist at Child and Family Development endorses an assertion from a recent Friendship Circle post by Becca Eisenberg about the importance of speech therapy for nonverbal children. Melinda confirms that speech therapy is important for many different types of delays and disabilities, but even more so for children who are not communicating with words.  

Melinda shares that many people have the misconception that if someone is unable to speak that they can not communicate. Speaking is just one way we communicate! Other ways that people  communicate include gestures, sign language, facial expressions, photographs, pictures and low and high tech devices that produce speech.  

She loves helping children find their “voice”, even if it is not using spoken words!  

Read the full article here.  

Our team of 8 speech therapists collaborate with one another in our offices.  We use various treatment methods to create custom communication devices for our clients and work with pertinent community colleagues, including augmentative communication vendors and providers. 

Child and Family Development is accepting referrals for speech therapy in both our Charlotte and Pineville offices.  We are in-network with many insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Cigna, Medcost, North Carolina Medicaid, Primary Physician Care and United Health Care. Clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.

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Is my child ready for preschool?

Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Preschool is a wonderful introduction to the school setting. Fun, play, and academics are incorporated to prepare your young child for the increased academic demands of kindergarten and elementary school. 

Based on the standards and expectations expressed by the North Carolina State Board of Education, a preschooler should be have the following receptive and expressive language skills:

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RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE 

  • understand sentences of increasing length and complexity, including past, present, and future tenses
  • understand a growing number of words
  • attend for longer periods of time, such as when books are read, people are telling stories, and during conversations
  • consistently answer questions and follow two-step directions
  • understand and talk about feelings, ideas, information, and beliefs
  • understand non-verbal communication, such as gestures and facial expressions

EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE 

  • use verbal and nonverbal language to communicate for a variety of purposes
  • use language in pretend play 
  • use language to make and keep friends 
  • follow a conversation by asking a question or making a comment
  • communicate using appropriate inflection, tone of voice, and expression
  • use more and more complex language forms, grammar, and vocabulary

A pediatric speech-language therapy evaluation can determine existing and emerging skills.  

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

All of our therapists have Masters degrees and are licensed by the state of North Carolina.  We do not employ assistants or aides. We are in-network with many insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Cigna, Medcost, North Carolina Medicaid, Primary Physician Care and United Health Care.  Our clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.

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Topics: Stephanie Tolley, Allison Parker, Ann Guild, Melinda Schatz

Don't Take Our Word For It: how sweet the sounds for speech therapist

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Melinda Bumgardner, MA CCC-SLP, speech therapist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development, received a fantastic note from a parent.:

"Last night when we were putting <our son> to bed, he said both "Mom" and "Daddy" independently! Yes, I cried (just a little).  He had a little prompting with me saying, "What's my name?" when he didn't say it clearly at first. But I didn't say it first for him to repeat. He did it independently. His verbal apraxia has been a bigger challenge for us than Down syndrome or ADHD.  I am so grateful every day that we found such an excellent speech therapist to work on the apraxia. He makes slow progress one word at a time - and each new word is a blessing."

 

Read more about Melinda's work with verbal apraxia on our blog.  

 

Our 9 speech therapists have Masters degrees and are licensed by the state of North Carolina.  We do not employ assistants or aides. We are in-network with many insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Cigna, Medcost, North Carolina Medicaid, Primary Physician Care and United Health Care. Clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.

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

 

 

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Don't Take Our Word For It: OT, PT and Speech

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Discharging a young client so he can pursue other opportunities in the community can be bittersweet for the pediatric therapists at Child and Family Development.  Receiving a note like this from parents makes it a whole lot easier.  

Here is just a portion of the note we received from the mother of a child who was receiving Physical Therapy with Leslie Cordero, Occupational Therapy with Megan Bevington and Speech Therapy with Melinda Bumgardner at the Midtown office: 

...We are so very thankful for each one of you!  Words are not adequate enough to describe the heartfelt thanks to each of you and the staff at C&FD  over these past two years!   From our first moments with Mr. Fisher Price Piggy Bank, to swings, balance beams, bean bags, buckets, puzzles, books, bubbles, Cookie Monster, the scooter board, the pedalo, the ball pit, trampoline, legos, food, eat , more, drink, eat more, drink more,  Go Go, Yo Yo,  and I am not all done yet  LOL, scribbles, laughter, frustration, tears, trials, successes, TGIF for the Listening Program, brushing,  rocks (poop) in the diapers, the I Pad, Mr. Potato Head, balls, peg boards, flash lights, spinners, drums, music, cars, chewy tubes, tunnels,  gears, and for everything else I didn't mention in the past two years,    you have done it all and you have  a special place in our hearts and lives forever!

We thank you for loving  our son, teaching him, and teaching us how to bring out the best in him, in order to maximize his potential and meet his needs.   You have a special place in our hearts and lives forever!   We feel  C&FD has been a good starting point for our family, and now my sweet caterpillar  is ready to spread his butterfly  wings and fly!   Regardless of  all the changes going forward...I will continue to keep you posted of  all his  progress.    

There is a poem I  read  that you may be familiar with, though at the moment I cannot recall the title of the poem or its author.    It is about a boy throwing starfish back into the sea after they washed up on a shore.  An older gentlemen approached  the boy and questioned why he would waste his time doing such a thing, when there  were far to many starfish on the shore dying  than the boy who could rescue them.   He wondered how the boy could possibly make a difference.   As the little boy threw a starfish back into  the water, he told the old man, "I made a difference for this one!"    Thank God for choosing to be a therapist as your profession .  He has a special calling for each of you, and I am thankful that part of it  was fulfilled for our family at this place and time!  Thank you for taking time to throw" our starfish "back in the water!  Your profession and dedication do not go unnoticed.  Continue to reach out to all your "little starfish"and don't ever grow weary, because you will continue to make a difference for that one! 

With heartfelt thanks and gratitude, thank you for touching our hearts and lives FOREVER.  We love you all!... 

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Topics: Megan Bevington, Melinda Schatz, C&FD Testimonials

Speech Therapists celebrating Better Speech and Hearing Month!

Friday, May 1, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Brochure_SpeechOur team of 9 speech therapists is celebrating better speech and hearing this month!

MIDTOWN OFFICE  PINEVILLE OFFICE

Allison Parker, MA, CCC-SLP

Ann Guild, MA, CCC-SLP

Amy Gossett, MA, CCC-SLP

Melinda Bumgardner, MA, CCC-SLP

Jayne Walton, MA, CCC-SLP (afternoons)

Barb Hartshorn, MS, CCC-SLP

Michelle Pentz, MS, CCC-SLP

Stephanie Gerlich, MS, CCC-SLP

Lisa Peterson, MS, CCC-SLP (community) 

All of our therapists have Masters degrees and are licensed by the state of North Carolina.  We do not employ assistants or aides. We are in-network with many insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Cigna, Medcost, North Carolina Medicaid, Primary Physician Care and United Health Care.  Our clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.

 

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: Stephanie Tolley, Allison Parker, Ann Guild, Melinda Schatz, C&FD Speech Therapy Services

C&FD celebrates with Melinda Bumgardner, speech therapist

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Melinda Bumgardner, MA, CCC-SLP marks 4 years at Child and Family Development this month! She is a speech therapist at the Midtown office.

Melinda brings so much to her work with clients.  Her ability to relate to and engage children is something that makes her unique as a therapist.  She shares that even before she decided to be a speech therapist, she knew that she wanted to work with children.  She thinks her office space is a reflection of who she is and we agree.  She strives to make everyone feel comfortable and welcome.  Melinda has a slight obsession with children’s toys and loves to find a new toy or material that can be incorporated into speech therapy sessions – at a bargain price of course.  All of her co-workers know that her shelves are the go-to place for awesome games and toys!  

One of her great acquisitions this past year was a play kitchen set for the room.  She like toys that facilitate speech and language and encourage a child to use their imagination.  She shares that the kitchen has been a big hit! We have cooked pizza, made coffee and even ordered food off of menus.  What would you like from the “L Sound Café”?

Read more about Melinda's clinical expertise, including the Hanen Program, here

Happy C&FD Anniversary!

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Parents as speech therapists and the Hanen Program

Friday, Feb 6, 2015 by Child & Family Development

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Melinda Bumgardner Schatz, MA, CCC-SLP, a speech therapist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development, is one of two Hanen certified speech therapists here. 

The Hanen Program - It Takes Two To Talk is appropriate for children that are not yet intentionally communicating to children that are beginning to combine words. The child must also have an identified language delay. Parents and caregivers will learn how to identify their child's current stage and style of communication and practical strategies for developing their child's language skills. 

Melinda places high importance on parents and caregivers.  They have a big influence on a chlid's speech and language development.  

Find information about parents as therapists here and the Hanen website, www.hanen.org.   

Read more about our It Takes Two To Talk program here

Our Hanen certified therapists, Melinda Bumgardner Schatz and Stephanie Gerlich, are available to share their expertise.  

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

 

 

 

 

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PROMPT speech therapy services from Melinda Bumgardner Schatz

Sunday, Jan 4, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Melinda Bumgardner Schatz, speech therapist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development, offers PROMPT-based speech therapy services to Charlotte children. 

Recently, she received a lovely note from a grateful mother: 

"...Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  Within 2 minutes of coming home today, <my son> said, "MaMa, Bye and his name".  I can't even explain how much every new word he says means to me.  Thank you again for believing in him and for helping him continue to make progress!"

Read more about Melinda's PROMPT speech therapy services on our blog: http://tinyurl.com/lpsfdo8  

Want to learn more?

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

 

 

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Why is writing so hard for my child?

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Writing difficulties are often seen in children in the upper elementary grades, as well as in middle school and high school.  Many of these children present with or have a history of language delays, language processing difficulties, or even diagnosed learning disabilities. 

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Gretchen Hunter, Stephanie Tolley, Allison Parker, Mary Froneberger, Marie Arrington, Jessica DeLing, Melinda Schatz, Brandyn Street

Don't Take Our Word For It!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Occupational Therapist, Abbey Wash, and Speech Therapist, Melinda Bumgardner are getting rave reviews from clients!

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Don't Take Our Word For It about Speech Therapy!

Sunday, May 11, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family Development's team of speech and language therapists are getting great reviews from parents!

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Topics: Ann Guild, Melinda Schatz

Melinda Bumgardner, speech therapist, marks 3 years at Child and Family Development

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 by Child & Family Development

 

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