Teens today face many changes and challenges in academic and social expectations. School demands, community obligations and peer relationship require sharpened language ability, flexible thinking, strong organization and processing skills to keep up with the fast pace of their world. They are developing the skills that will take them into their future, either in higher education or the workforce.

A teen’s academic or social communication challenges may be associated to a language disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, and Auditory Processing Disorder. We can also work with students who exhibit mildly weak skills in higher order language areas, processing, written expression and organization but do not qualify for school services. If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, Good Talking People LLC can help your teen be the best he/she can be.

Does your teen:

  • Struggle with reading comprehension or fluency?
  • Perform below expected grade level?
  • Have trouble with schoolwork or forget to turn in assignments?
  • Have trouble remembering information or following directions?
  • Have difficulty making and keeping friends, or fitting in?
  • Have difficulty with written expression?
  • Have difficulty producing language that is organized, coherent, 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 Teens

Individualized speech and language services are available to address receptive and expressive language, critical thinking, written expression, auditory processing, and articulation. Using dynamic strategies and cutting edge technology, each session is specifically designed to meet the needs of your teen and can incorporate their assignments from school.

Social Learning Programs for Teens

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 programs teach skills ranging from “thinking about others”, “perspective-taking”, “gestalt processing” and working more effectively in a group.   Our one – to –one and group programs are focused on developing strategies to support successful and rewarding peer relationships, family interactions, recreation, occupational and professional relationships and academic achievement.

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 teens that are enjoying academic success can begin to encounter difficulty as they middle and high school.  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 Kristen 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 additional information visit www.socialthinking.com)

Computer – Based Programs

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 teen’s skills behind this summer. Services available all summer for individual speech language therapy, social thinking groups, Literacy and Thinking and Ready – Do-Done summer programs.

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

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