FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT SERVICES WE PROVIDE?
- Speech Therapy,
- Language Therapy
- Feeding Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Early Intervention Services
- Telepractice in Florida (speech therapy online).
We conduct assessments and provide treatment in children presenting, but not limited to the following diagnoses: Autism, Genetic Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delays, Traumatic Brain Injury, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Sensory Integration Disorder (SID). Our certified, and licensed therapists provide personalized intervention to children ages birth-18, and their families.
WHAT OTHER SERVICES (non-clinical) WE PROVIDE?
- Spanish Immersion. Language development groups in Spanish for toddlers, preschoolers and children 6 years &Up.
- Spanish tutoring for high school and college students.
- Accent modification to individuals who speak English or Spanish as their second language. In-Person and Worldwide Web-Based/Online Training.
- Public speaking training to professionals in the field of social communication.
- Advanced Spanish lessons for traveling, employment, and business purposes.
WHAT DO WE SPECIALIZE IN?
We specialize in the multicultural population with communication needs
Children do not need to be bilingual to receive therapy with us.
- Comprehensive speech-language assessments and diagnosis for monolingual and bilingual children, from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds
- Intensive and personalized therapy in English and/or Spanish.
WHAT IS A SCREENING?
A speech and language screening involves observation of skills by a Speech-Language Pathologist, conversation with the parent , and play based activities to determined if the child needs a further comprehensive speech and language assessment to determine diagnosis and intervention.
A screening for occupational therapy involves observation of fine/gross motor coordination, muscle control, and sensory integration by an Occupational Therapist, conversation with the parent , and play based activities to determined if the child needs a further comprehensive occupational therapy assessment to determined diagnosis and treatment.
Screenings last approximately 15 minutes.
HOW LONG IS A THERAPY SESSION?
Therapy sessions are intensive and individualized (one-on-one) with a duration of 60 minutes each, at a minimum of one session per week. We love to see our children making progress in all areas they need support, so we use the most current evidence based practices in the field of speech-language pathology and occupational therapy.
WHAT TREATMENTS WE PROVIDE FOR SPEECH – LANGUAGE THERAPY
One on one bilingual or monolingual intervention is planned for children with communication deficits including, but not limited to the following disorders:
- Phonological impairments
- Articulation disorders
- Oral motor deficits
- Apraxia of Speech
- Receptive-expressive language impairments
- Literacy difficulties (reading and writing)
- Social communication impairments
- Cognitive deficits
- Voice and Resonance
- Feeding (feeding aversion, picky eaters)
WHAT IS SPEECH THERAPY?
Speech therapy is a type of intervention designed to improve communication, speech, language, cognitive, feeding, and swallowing skills. The speech therapist, also called speech-language pathologist, is the professional in charge of conducting assessments and providing treatment. A preceding comprehensive evaluation is required to determine if there is an impairment. In the case that speech therapy is recommended, a personalized intervention should be planned based on the person’s needs. Speech therapy can be provided to individuals of all ages, from newborns to older adults.
WHEN SHOULD I CONSIDER SPEECH THERAPY FOR MY CHILD?
Trust your parent instincts and act fast! Speech therapy should be considered if you find that your child has difficulties: pronouncing words clearly, following directions, understanding what others say, expressing thoughts and ideas, displaying a natural flow of speech (without frequent repetitions or pauses), using a healthy vocal behavior, interacting with other people across environments, managing a variety of food textures, gaining weight, chewing, sucking, or safely swallowing liquids or solids.
WHAT DO SPEECH THERAPISTS DO?
Speech language pathologists focus their intervention on improving the following skills: communication for verbal and nonverbal individuals, receptive language, expressive language, pragmatic language (social language skills needed to interact with others), reading and writing, pronunciation, phonology, cognitive abilities, fluency of speech, voice, feeding, and swallowing.
In the case of bilingual children with speech and language disorders, a bilingual speech-language pathologist with clinical experience is the best option to provide speech therapy services.
SHOULD I CHOOSE BILINGUAL SPEECH-LANGUAGE THERAPY FOR MY CHILD?
If your child is bilingual or you have decided to raise him/her as bilingual, and has been diagnosed with a speech or language impairment or delay, he/she must receive speech therapy in both languages because they are crucial to communicating across different settings and persons. Children with language delays are also capable of learning two or more languages. Very different from what many people may think, scientific evidence demonstrates that:
- Bilingualism does not cause language delays or “holds” your child behind in school.
- Bilingualism improves children’s abilities of learning new words, solving problems, identifying speech sounds, and learning reading skills.
- Bilingualism helps using information in different ways.
- Bilingualism improves listening skills
- Bilingualism enhances the ability to connect and exchange information across environments and persons.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD’S SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IS TYPICAL?
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association ASHA published a collective resource of Developmental Norms for Speech and Language.
SHOULD I STOP SPEAKING TO MY CHILD IN MY NATIVE LANGUAGE SO HE DOES NOT GET CONFUSED?
Even children with speech and language disorders are able to learn another language. Scientific studies about Bilingualism show that exposing your child to a second language does not cause confusion or language delay. Learn more…
WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
Pediatric occupational therapy aims at enhancing the child’s participation and independence to perform valuable daily basic and instrumental activities and considers the child’s whole body and how it contributes to overall functioning in the various environments, such as at home or at schools. Occupational therapists (OTs) and assistants (OTAs) focus on the fine motor skills, visual motor and perceptual skills, sensory processing, gross motor and body coordination, and self-care skills of the child and how these skills can be developed or enhanced in order for the child to participate in age appropriate, meaningful play, academic and social occupations. Learn more…
ARE WE WORKING ON A PROJECT AT THIS MOMENT?
Bilingual Key Therapy is working on Speechy Music Series. Listen to some examples of our music below.
Speechy Music aims to be a series consisting of several kits of original and fun compositions for young children.
Speechy Music is considered a 100% digital product that offers downloadable audios and graphic materials associated with the music. The latter can be printed to color, read and / or reinforce different ideas or concepts that are brought to children in the form of games and songs. Read more…
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