TALK caters to parents with high expectations and standards. Our philosophy is to make therapy fun so that children can advance quickly; at TALK your child will play and progress. With over 20 years of experience and rigorous continuing education standards, you can be confident that your child is receiving the highest quality therapy with innovative approaches while parents find a quiet moment to relax in our specially designed offices.
All parents worry about their child's development. You want them to grow up to be all they can possibly be. Sometimes that worry is warranted, other times it is not. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association created this list of developmental milestones to help you understand where your child is in their journey. If your child is not progressing like you feel they should, or they exhibit any of the challenges listed below, we can help.
With over 20 years of experience in the field of Speech-Language Therapy, TALK offers the most current therapy, backed by the most current research, for delays and disorders in the following areas:
Early Childhood Sign Language is a wonderful way to accelerate your child's language development. We start with children as young as 8 months old and begin laying the scaffolding to a lifetime of strong speech and language skills. Babies that can sign experience less frustration because they can communicate their needs with confidence. Signing with your baby is also a great bonding experience, enabling the entire family to engage in this precious and fleeting period of life.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech is TALK's area of expertise. Heather Hamilton, Owner of TALK has spent years pursuing additional training in how best to remediate this disorder in children. While expert training in specific apraxia treatment is crucial, a child's success in apraxia therapy is profoundly impacted by their family's understanding of the disorder and their direct support of the child who is struggling to communicate. The core philosophy of TALK is to engage families in the process of speech therapy in a way that works. The combination of TALK's therapy expertise, setting and philosophy is the combination of elements your child needs for success.
Receptive Language is a child's ability to understand what is said to them. Some signs that your child may be having difficulty with receptive language or processing include:
- Difficulty following one-step or multi-step directions
- Not answering questions, or responding with yes/no instead of a meaningful answer
- Repeating part of what you say
- Understanding single word or short sentences but not longer age-appropriate sentences
Expressive Language refers to how you use language to communicate thoughts, ideas, and needs. Expressive language is using words, grammar, and sentence structure to communicate. It does not refer to how words are produced by the mouth (e.g. sound errors). A child with an expressive language delay may:
- Only using single words or shorter sentences than are age appropriate
- Have errors of grammar (e.g. incorrect word endings, incorrect word order, leaving words out of a sentence)
- Get easily frustrated when trying to communicate or rely heavily on gestures and showing things instead of using spoken language
- Have a small vocabulary relative to peers
- Not be using words by 12-18 months of age
- Not be combining words by 24 months of age
Articulation refers to the way sounds are produced by the mouth. Children can have a mild speech delay that impacts their ability to say one or two sounds, or a more severe delay or disorder that effects many sounds. All children have sound errors in their speech as they are developing. However, it is expected that sounds will be mastered by a certain age. It might be worthwhile to have TALK screen or evaluate your child if:
- Their speech is unclear to others
- People have a hard time understanding them on the phone
- They are becoming frustrated with speaking because they are frequently not understood
- You are noticing none of their peers have the same sound errors
- With older children if their spoken speech sound error(s) show up in writing (e.g., If your child says w instead of r they may also spell words with w in the place of r. An example would be wed instead of red.)
Executive Function refers to a set of mental skills that impact a person's ability to organize and regulate. Challenges with executive function include difficulty with:
- Inhibiting actions
- Restraining or delaying responses
- Selectively attending
- Setting goals
- Completing tasks
- Switching focus
When an individual has issues with executive function any task that requires planning, organization, time management, memory or flexible thinking can be quite difficult. Individuals with executive function disorder struggle to:
- Analyze a task and assess what needs to be done
- Plan how to handle the task
- Break down the steps necessary to complete a task
- Determine the time needed to complete a task
- Gather necessary materials for a task
- Follow a plan to complete a task
- Adhere to time constrains
- Complete a task
TALK is specially trained to address executive function challenges.
Speech-Language Pathologists are critical in helping to remediate Phonological Awareness Skill Deficits and Reading Disorders
- Phonological Awareness is a set of skills that typically develop during preschool and kindergarten.They relate to a child's awareness of sounds in a language. Children need to be able to hear the individual sounds in words, break them down and manipulate them. Examples include rhyming, blending and deleting sounds from words. It is CRITICAL that your child's Phonological Awareness skills are targeted directly if your child has a history of speech sound production delays or if they are exhibiting delays in acquiring any pre-reading skills. Early intervention in this area will prevent reading, spelling and written language delays in your child's future.
- Reading Disorders: There are fundamental connections between spoken and written language. It is critical that intervention for language disorders target written as well as spoken language needs. As with difficulty in learning to listen and speak, difficulty in learning to read and write can involve any of the components of language (i.e., phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics). Children and adults may have difficulty with the production, comprehension, and awareness of language at the sound, syllable, word, sentence, and discourse levels. Reading and writing problems also may lead to difficulties using language strategically to communicate, think, and learn.
TALK has special training in literacy assessment and intervention.
There are a variety of Other disorders that TALK treats. They include, but are not limited to, the following:
- If you or your child frequently repeat sounds or words when speaking it may be a Stuttering Disorder.
- Children and adults with a hoarse voice, that is not secondary to a cold or allergies, may have a Voice Disorder.