Speech Therapy

Speech & Occupational Therapy Services for Children


Early Childhood:

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We believe in a play-based approach for our young children (toddlers and early preschool) to develop functional communication. When participating in motivating play routines, children are able to build their language skills in an age-appropriate way. We emphasize the importance of caregiver follow through and work to ensure that parents and teachers are able to successfully apply therapy lessons to their daily lives. Children at this age are also working to develop a variety of speech sounds. Please refer to the following link for age-appropriate speech sound development. Link


Preschool Age:

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Preschool language development holds a special place in our hearts, as Village Therapy Works originated in local preschools. We work with children to develop vocabulary, sentence building, concepts, and answering questions. This is also a vital time to address speech sound errors and phonological awareness skills in order to prepare our children for reading and school-aged activities. We believe in using structured client-centered lessons to encourage functional development in a fun and motivating therapy setting. For more information on speech and language milestones click here.


School Age:

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We strive to work with parents and teachers to develop a holistic plan to best achieve each child’s full potential. Our goals focus on the natural progression of language skills, including grammar knowledge, sentence structures, reading and auditory comprehension, as well as writing development. We work to facilitate independence in our clients, teaching age-level strategies to promote working memory skills and information processing. Our hope for each student is to carryover the tools learned in therapy to his or her every day life.  For more information on grade level expectations, click here.


Social Language Development:

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Social interaction is an important part of communication across the ages. Before their first birthday, children begin to demonstrate social awareness and a desire to interact with others. Foundational skills, such as play and joint attention are required for communication and emerge prior to the use of verbal language. We work to develop and enhance these skills, creating opportunities for social-language in a structured environment. We encourage parents and teachers to work directly with children to scaffold interactions with same-aged peers. Building communication skills at an early age provides the opportunity for positive relationships in the child’s home and school environment.


We offer treatment for the following diagnoses:
Speech
  • Speech Sound Disorder/Articulation Disorder
  • Phonological Processing Disorder
  • Apraxia of Speech
  • Fluency (Stuttering Disorder)
  • Voice Disorder
  • Tongue Thrust/Swallow Disorder
Language
  • Developmental Language Delay
  • Receptive and/or Expressive Language Disorder
  • Social Pragmatic Language Disorder
  • Phonological Awareness Disorder
  • Reading Disorder (e.g., Dyslexia)
  • Writing Disorder (e.g., Dysgraphia)
  • Auditory Processing Disorder

To schedule an evaluation:

Please contact the front office at 713-468-0300 to schedule a speech and language evaluation. Evaluations are typically conducted over one to two days depending on your child’s needs. We want to ensure that each child is able to show us their current skill level to the best of their abilities. Testing consists of a combination of age-level standardized assessments, clinical observations, as well as parent questionnaires and interviews. If it is determined that your child would benefit from alternative or additional services, we work with each family to ensure that appropriate referrals are made. Please see the parent information tab (link) to download patient forms.