Speech and Language

PCDA Speech Therapy

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The speech and language therapy services at Professional Child Development Associates focus on interactive strategies in functional play activities to achieve specific speech and language goals.  Our services are part of a multi-disciplinary team approach that strives to integrate the child’s goals into every aspect of each therapy in which the child participates.

We use a “total communication” approach to therapy that helps the child learn to use words, signs, or augmentative communication systems in order to communicate.  We work with children demonstrating a wide range of speech and language needs from helping with a mild articulation disorder to achieving those “first words”.  We see children for language or learning difficulties and reading disabilities.

Parent involvement in the therapy process is essential to ensure carryover to other daily living activities.  Parents are considered partners in every aspect of the therapy service.

Speech and language sessions at PCDA take into account not only the child’s language level and intent to communicate, but also the emotional state of the child and the impact on communication when the child is frustrated, mad, fearful, or excited.  We also consider how sensory issues impact the child’s capacity to communicate.  Some children need to calm down, others need to “wind up” before sounds and words begin to appear.

The relationships between emotional states (affect), sensory information, and communication strategies all must be considered during each therapy session.  This is why the multi-disciplinary team approach provided at PCDA is so effective.  Everyone works together to provide the most comprehensive service possible.

The speech and language therapy services offered at PCDA include:

  • assessments and therapy for children from birth to 12 years
  • individualized therapy sessions with parent involvement
  • parent education workshops and information sessions
  • It Takes Two to Talk: An 11 week course that helps parents learn to facilitate language as partners in the therapy process.
  • Preschool speech and language screening (please contact Anne Davis, MS, CCC-SLP at anne@pcdateam.org to discuss if this is the appropriate service for your child.) The purpose of a screening is to determine the need for a full assessment.

Augmentative & Alternative Communication Center

PCDA offers an Augmentative & Alternative Communication Center that features assessment and therapy services for children in need of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) support within the DIR framework.

Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) services are essential for children who are unable to speak, produce sounds, or adequately control their body to express not only their wants and needs, but their interests and ideas. AAC has been described by the American Speech Language & Hearing Association (ASHA) as a communication system that will “compensate for temporary or permanent impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions of individuals with severe disorders of speech-language production and/or comprehension, including spoken and written modes of communication”.

Children who would benefit from AAC have physical challenges which can limit their ability to stand, walk, sit unassisted, move their hands and arms, and control the muscles involved in vocalizing or talking.

Prior to your first visit, your child’s records and intake paperwork will be reviewed by our multidisciplinary AAC team. Our highly-specialized treatment team is comprised of:

  • Speech & Language Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Music Therapists
  • Child Development & Behavior Specialists
  • a Developmental Pediatrician

At PCDA, we realize that the needs and abilities of every child are highly individualized and require specialized care and treatment. Supporting your child’s unique needs is the primary focus of PCDA’ s AAC center team.

*Some services may be eligible for funding through private insurance. 

For more information, or to schedule your initial assessment, please contact Anne Davis at (626) 793-7350 ext. 205 or Anne@pcdateam.org.

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PCDA uses a multidisciplinary, developmental, family-centered approach in all services. With the exception of peer groups, our services actively involve parents or caregivers in every session.