School Aged Children

Many children with speech, language and/or communication difficulties often receive speech language therapy services at their school environments.  In elementary school, signs of academic challenges can emerge at any grade level.  Difficulties learning how to spell, read, write, express one’s ideas and thoughts and comprehend information, follow directions and answer questions in class interfere with academic achievement.

It is important that children develop social learning and executive functioning abilities necessary to maintain friendships, work in a group and meet classroom expectations.

Good Talking People can provide supplemental speech and language therapy services specifically designed to meet the individual needs of your child.  Your child might be helped by the programs at Good Talking People LLC if any of these apply to your child.

Does your child:

  • Have difficulty with schoolwork or forget to turn in assignments?
  • Have trouble making or keeping friends or “fitting in” socially?
  • Have difficulty listening, following directions, or answering questions?
  • Have difficulty reading or understanding what he or she reads?
  • Have trouble with written expression?
  • Have trouble using vocabulary or expressing feelings, ideas, and experiences?
  • Have trouble producing language that is organized and intelligible?

Speech and Language Evaluations

At Good Talking People LLC, we will assess your child’s speech, language and social communication skills in order to provide therapy and program recommendations and develop a treatment plan.  The speech and language evaluation will be compliant with expectations for public school child study teams.

Speech and Language Therapy for School Aged Children

Good Talking People offers extensive speech and language therapy services using dynamic strategies and cutting edge techniques to remediate the many issues found among school-aged children, including articulation disorders, fluency disorders, expressive and receptive language, auditory processing, literacy and written expression.

Social Thinking® Groups for School Aged Children

At Good Talking People LLC, we believe that social skills are the end product of well developed social cognition or social thinking and communication. Based on the work of many well respected professionals, including world renowned Michelle Garcia Winner, our Kid Connect programs teach skills ranging from joint attention and shared interests, adapting to expected behavior, emotions and self-regulation to verbal and nonverbal social cues to perspective taking, flexibility and problem solving.  Good Talking People LLC provides individual and group therapy to assist in the development of pragmatic language, social communication and social learning.

Executive Functioning and Emotional Regulation Programs for Academic and Social Support

Executive function skills is a term used to describe difficulties associated with goal setting, carrying out organized steps and modifying a plan to complete a task successfully. These skills are built on the ability to learn from past experiences and apply that knowledge in new experiences.   Some children who are enjoying academic success can begin to encounter difficulty as they enter the upper elementary school grades.  Good Talking People LLC offers individual and small group instruction that will focus on developing strategies for improving attention, memory, impulse control, organization, planning, time management and hierarchical thinking problems.  Lessons are largely based on the work of Sarah Ward, M. S. CCC-SLP and Krisen Jacobsen, M.S., CCC-SLP of Cognitive Connections: Center for Executive Function Skill Development in Lincoln, MA.  Programs are designed to meet the needs of each client.

Children who share diagnoses of attention deficit disorders, social learning challenges, autistic spectrum disorders and learning disabilities often experience difficulties with emotional self-regulation which can impact both academic achievement and social success.  Good Talking People has programs to help children develop recognition of their emotions, regulate their actions and respond more effectively in social situations.   Services to develop a toolbox of strategies to further explore the concept of self-regulation by gaining an increased vocabulary of emotional terms, skills in reading facial expressions, perspective on how others see and react to their behavior, insight about events that trigger their behavior and problem solving skills.  Based on the work of Leah Kuyper’s Zones of Regulation® and Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® (for more information visit www.socialthinking.com)

Computer Based Programs

Just as a painter needs to prep his canvas for a painting, sometimes, in order to facilitate sustained learning, we need to prep our brains.  Cogmed Working Memory Training ™is an evidenced-based program for helping young children to sustainably improve attention by training their working memory.  Working memory is an essential cognitive function necessary for a wide-range of tasks related to attention and focus. It is the ability to keep information in your mind for several seconds, manipulate it, and use it in your thinking. It is central to concentration, problem solving, and impulse control. Poor working memory is the source of many problems related to attention and is often linked to ADHD, and other learning disabilities, which can result in difficulties in school, especially in reading comprehension and math.

Cogmed RM – School Aged:  Working memory is crucial for children and adolescents in school and socially.  Reading, solving math problems, planning and following a conversation all rely on working memory.

The Fast ForWord® program develops brain processing efficiency through intensive adaptive exercise. The programs develop and strengthen cognitive skills such as memory, attention, processing rate, and sequencing which are essential for learning and reading success resulting in improved critical language and reading skills such as phonological awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, decoding, working memory, syntax, and grammar, among other skills.

Don’t let your child’s skills behind this summer. Services available all summer for individual speech language therapy, social thinking groups, Social Detective Training Camp, Social Thinking Super Heroes Training Academy, In the Zone and Ready – Do-Done summer programs.

To see what speech and language and support programs Good Talking People LLC has available for your child, call us at 201-837-8371 or email us at office@goodtalkingpeople.com.

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