Colleen provides speech/language therapy as well as applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy services. She specialize in early intervention services.
Speech & Language
Speech therapy is so much more than just teaching a child to say their sounds correctly. SLP's treat a variety of areas that affect you and your child's day to day life. These include the following:
- Articulation: saying speech sounds
- Expressive/Receptive: being able to express oneself/understanding what is said
- Oral-Motor: strength and coordination of oral motor muscles for speech and feeding
- Feeding: eating a variety of foods, being able to chew and swallow safely
- Cognition: attention, memory, organization, executive functioning, problem solving
- Resonance/Voice Disorders: hoarseness, hyper nasality
- Fluency: stuttering
- Social Communication: pragmatic skills
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication: forms other than oral speech used to communicate
ABA is a method of therapy used to improve or change specific behaviors. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is based on the belief that behavior rewarded is more likely to be repeated, and behavior that is not rewarded is less likely to be repeated. ABA is a tool to help children with ASD learn. ABA maximizes learning and minimizes inappropriate behaviors.
Children and adolescents on the Autistic Disorders spectrum may exhibit a variety of dangerous, maladaptive, or inappropriate behaviors such as tantrums, running away, self harming, aggression, poor social skills, inability to be toilet trained, etc. These individuals may also experience academic failure or difficulty, especially in areas of attention, impulsivity, attending, and generalizing. ABA is a method to help children learn. Any behavior that a child can learn, ABA can help them unlearn, strengthen, or maintain. The future and quality of life for an individual with Autism who can reduce inappropriate behaviors and “learn how to learn” is greatly improved.
Lama Pediatric Therapy provides 1 on 1 therapy, school support, caregiver training, feeding therapy, toilet training, and more.