Speech and language disorders affect children of all ages. They negatively alter the way they talk, understand, analyze or process information. The clarity of their speech sounds, voice quality, and fluency of spoken sentences are also impacted. A speech language disorder can be persistent; even after early intervention efforts have been tried. The result is a frustrated child with weakened confidence. If not treated properly, the disorder and the negative feelings can linger into their teenage years.
The Speech-Mechanic offers a wealth of strategies and support to children and their families. Parents and stakeholders can expect their child to receive active, direct treatment designed to improve the child’s ability to produce clear speech as well as understand and use language. The programs are intense yet engaging. Parental coaching and education are an integral part of the intervention plans and are provided by a Hanen certified parent-language coach. The Speech-Mechanic is continuously adding to a collection of sophisticated, effective tools that can get the job done. The following is a small preview of some of the dynamic services this agency provides.
The Interactive Metronome (IM) is an assessment and training program that improves language, cognition, attention, and concentration. It provides a structured, goal-oriented format that challenges the patient to synchronize a range of whole-body exercises to a precise computer-generated beat. IM’s game-like features engage the child with auditory and visual guidance and provides real-time feedback while encouraging him/her to improve their scores.
Parent Coaching by Hanen Certified Therapist
Using evidence-based principles from "It Takes Two to Talk™ — The Hanen Program for Parents of Children with Language Delays, the Speech Mechanic provides support to parents of young children (birth to 5 years of age) diagnosed with a language delay.
The program shows you how to:
Recognize your child’s stage and style of communication
Identify what motivates your child to interact to get conversations started
Adjust everyday routines to help your child take turns and keep interactions going
Follow your child’s lead to build confidence and encourage communication
Add language to interactions with the child to help him/her understand and use language
Tweak the way you play and read books with your child to help him learn language
Change the way you speak to your child to help him understand and learn new words
The SmartPalate System is a technology tool that gives biofeedback to the user. It is equipped with sensors that capture tongue-to-palate contact during live speech. It provides instant visual feedback of the contact and makes it easy to see sounds being formed on a computer monitor display. This gives the user the ability to self-monitor and self-correct.
The speech-mechanic uses research-based intervention programs such as the Sound Contrasts in Phonology, which is the result of funding received through the National Institutes of Health. With an expansive database of over 2,000 pictures of words and a comprehensive collection of contrastive sound pairs, a child with speech sound disorders can easily receive effective individualized treatment.