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Speech and Language Services

Comprehensive Speech and Language Evaluations

Prior to beginning therapy, a diagnostic speech and language evaluation is conducted. To develop an in-depth understanding of each individual child’s needs, we utilize a combination of standardized testing, parent or client interviews, and informal observation. The process begins with the completion of an intake form, which helps the therapist select appropriate testing materials and provides background information on the client in need of services. Evaluations typically take between two and four hours, depending on the age and language level of the child. Testing may be broken into two days if needed. Assessment results are reviewed with parents at the end of the evaluation, and include recommendations such as whether therapy is warranted, as well as the frequency and length of treatment sessions. A full report with a detailed treatment plan that includes diagnostic impressions, recommendations, goals and objectives is also provided. We provide expertise in the following areas:

  • Receptive and Excessive Language Delay/Disorder
  • Social/Pragmatic Deficits
  • Executive Function Deficits
  • Speech Sound Production
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Resonance
  • Voice Disorders
  • Fluency/Stuttering
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Language-Based Learning Disorders
  • Down Syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities
  • Nonverbal Communication (both low and high-tech AAC devices can be implemented)
  • Feeding disorders

Individual Speech and Language Therapy:

Gentry PBS provides clinic-based speech and language services to children of all ages, building speech and language skills through evidence-based techniques, homework activities and family education. Therapy sessions are typically once or twice per week, and are 30-60 minutes in length, depending on the needs of each child. Individual therapy sessions are designed based on each child’s specific needs, and are always accompanied by home practice programs to allow for optimal carry-over of skills learned in each session. The speech and language team at Gentry PBS is devoted to helping clients achieve their ultimate goal of effective communication.

Group Therapy:

For children with social-communication challenges to generalize new skills, it is essential to practice with peers. At Gentry PBS, we are able to match children based on their current abilities, to provide social skills practice in pairs or a small group setting. Speech language pathologists and ABA technicians work together to lead groups and support social language development. Goals are tailored to each child’s individual needs.

Do you have questions about your child’s speech and language development? Contact Katie Severson, M.S., CCC-SLP at: katieSLP@gentrypbs.com or 602-368-3282.