Children’s Speech Language Services

Intensive Treatment Programs

Intensive Treatment Programs1Beacon Therapies is pleased to offer intensive treatment programs. Each intensive treatment program is individually tailored to best meet the needs of the client. We offer several options:

One week-long intensive treatment program offered annually during the month of August (this session can be also be scheduled upon request throughout the year.) Suggested times to consider adding an intensive program are:

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  • When there is a disruption in school-based services during vacations and summer. The intent is to maintain and continue progress.
  • During a language and cognition growth spurt when your child is learning language at a faster rate.
  • When you want a burst of progress in speech-language goals during times when your schedule makes it difficult to attend regular weekly sessions.
  • During times when your child is making slow or limited progress to give him/her a boost.

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Sample Weekly Programs:

  • 5 sessions for 30 minutes
  • 5 sessions for 45 minutes
  • 5 sessions for 60 minutes

Speech and Language Enrichment Groups

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Groups are made up of 2-5 clients and sessions vary in length from 30, 45 to 60 minutes.

Spelling Groups

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 1.55.23 PMDoes the idea of participating in a spelling bee strike fear in the heart of your child? Well, that can change! Your child can learn to spell using the predictable rules of the English language, which apply about 85 percent of the time. Mastering these rules can be a challenge if you do not know the “secret key.” We teach the key, making spelling fun! Spelling groups/or individual sessions (first grade to adult) are fun and dynamic, motivating clients to play, follow and master rules with their peers.

Reading and Literacy

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 2.02.37 PMOral language development and early literacy abilities begin at infancy. Children who experience speech and language delays may also experience difficulties when it is time to read.

Reading is one of the most prevalent learning difficulties among elementary-school-aged children. It is also the way children access the school curriculum. Effective reading instruction is essential, yet proper intervention is rarely provided in the average classroom. Providing appropriate reading instruction allows your child to close this gap and access the curriculum.

Reading Tutoring consists of 45 minutes of instruction, home-programming and parent consultation.

Instruction is customized to meet the specific needs of the client to increase reading automaticity, word recognition, orthographic skills, comprehension, confidence and grade-reading level.

Sessions Include:

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  • Improve ability to sound out words
  • Increase reading grade level
  • Enhance carry-over of reading skills to the classroom
  • Provide a home program to allow practice between sessions

Written Language

In today’s technology driven society of tweeting and texting, written language will be essential for a child to communicate his or her ideas and needs. Writing places high demands on executive functioning, language abilities and social skills. Beacon Therapies provides extensive sessions addressing the challenges of composing grammatically correct sentences, paragraphs and essays. We teach a structured, sequential approach that ranges from the mechanics of constructing a grammatically correct sentence to writing descriptive essays to create the foundation needed to improve written language.

Social Language Abilities

Screen Shot 2014-04-05 at 8.31.10 PMDoes your bright child struggle socially? Our Social Thinking Skills groups are designed for that quirky child who has no formal diagnosis, as well as for those who do have Aspergers/High Functioning Autism. The goal is to give your child the tools to improve the quality of his or her social life. In 8 to 16 sessions we will be detectives, unlocking the mysteries of social language.

Social groups are designed by age, ranging from 4-18. Each group is designed to meet the social skills required in the clients’ language environments. We use the Socially Thinking curriculum by Michelle Garcia Winner, alongside other therapy techniques. Home programming is an integral part of these sessions and clients share their social detective work with their peers. Video modeling and social homework is also a vital component in these groups.

Tween Groups and Girls’ Group

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 2.20.59 PMThis social group is designed for the “tween,” age 9-12, who faces challenges in understanding the complex maze of nonverbal and verbal use of social language. Girls’ social skills are often overlooked in the elementary-age years and these children suffer greatly. This group is designed to help by supporting their specific social needs, providing strategies to prevent social miscues and miscommunications in real-life situations – from recess to the school bus. Sessions are designed to address the current social language needs of the group.

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 2.26.16 PMGroups run periodically in 8 and 16-week sessions, as well as a one-week intensive (five sessions for 60 minutes).

Social Group Ages 4-6
Social Group Ages 7-9
Social Group Ages 10-13 (Tween Group)
Social Group Ages 14-18

College Students’ Social Groups

Does your college-age child find academics easy, but social life challenging? Pragmatics, the social use of language, is very complex. Missing the nuances of non-verbal language is a common problem – and implied social cues can be frustrating for teens. Dealing with roommates, gender communication differences, and professors bring an entire new social map to life. These young adults may have felt comfortable in high school, but now find that everything has become harder socially. This intensive five-day course provides the social tools that can open a students’ mind to the complex world of “social thinking.”