Helping children of all ages and abilities to communicate.
Therapists at IRG Cascade Children’s Therapy – Mill Creek use a variety of formal and informal tools and strategies to assess a child's communication development and speech and language abilities.
Areas evaluated may include:
- Involving a child’s understanding and comprehension of language
- Involving a child’s communication and conveying of meaning to others
- Pronunciation of words
- Knowledge and implementation of the “rules” governing the use of speech sounds
- Breathing in relation to the production of speech sounds
- Vocal production
Phonological awareness and literacy disorders
- Phonological awareness is comprised of various foundational skills needed to read, such as recognizing phonological (sound) patterns, including rhyming, blending and segmenting sounds and syllables, and identifying initial sounds
- Literacy disorders include difficulty with reading comprehension and decoding
- Interpreting and conveying meaning through verbal and nonverbal interactions with others
- Using language skills to infer, predict, interpret figurative language, and problem solve
Oral motor and feeding abilities
- Identifying the presence of stuttering
- Providing fluency enhancing strategies and family and child education about stuttering as well as support for the emotional impact of stuttering
Problem-solving and executive functioning skills
- Using language to solve problems
- Integrating memorization, organization, planning and monitoring to execute tasks
- Includes displays of communication not involving words (e.g., gestures, facial expressions, eye gaze)
Are you a speech therapist?
Join our team! We are looking for a full-time pediatric CCC-SLP.
Therapy for communication disorders and/or delays
Our therapists work with children in a fun, comfortable and evidence-based setting. Speech-language therapy sessions focus on a child's specific needs and developmental level and may include floor play and/or table-top activities. Small group therapy may also be offered to facilitate social-communication skill growth. Therapists use a variety of strategies in treatment, which may include:
- It Takes Two to Talk® - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delays
- More Than Words® - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties
- The Alert Program®
- DIRFloortime® (DIR® - the Developmental Individual-differences and Relationship-based Model)
- PROMPT© - Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets
- Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention
- Kaufman Speech Praxis Treatment
- Programs to develop literacy skills (e.g., Wilson Reading System® (WRS), Linguistic Remedies℠, See and Learn)
- Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) (low to high-tech systems)
- Comprises various communication methods to supplement or replace spoken speech and language. This could include use of icons for communication, various supportive communication strategies, or use of high-tech speech generating devices.