Articulation: Phoneme specific words (i.e. Initial /p/: Puppy, Paw, Pet, Play. Initial /s/: Stay, Sit, Stand, Step. Velars: Come, Shake, Leg, Black, Grey, Give, Get)
Literacy: R.E.A.D.: Reading Education Assistance Dogs; Research-based reading intervention program that utilizes a therapy dog to improve literacy skills (including: comprehension, fluency, target vocabulary, confidence)
Overall benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy:
Silicon Valley Speech is now offering teletherapy services in California!
We invite you to work with our therapists to help your child get all they can out of their therapy.
Carryover is key! Practice makes perfect!
Your therapist will work with you and your family to augment therapy by providing easy-to-do "homework" between sessions.
How do you use a certified Therapy Dog in Speech Sessions?
Speech skills: imitation skills, target specific phonemes, target phonological processes, structured sentences and conversation, fluency, vocal volume, generalization of target sounds to functional environments
Receptive & expressive language skills: ask/answer questions (yes/no, wh-questions, hypothetical questions), pronouns, follow multi-step directions, identification of vocabulary (body parts, size, numbers, etc), adjectives, sequence events, follow/give multi-step directions, commenting/descriptions, verb formats (third person singular, present/present progressive, future tense), contractions, possession, prepositions, vocabulary and categories, concepts (temporal, spatial, quantitative), give directions (sit, drop, shake, stay, hug, etc)
Social/Pragmatic language skills: initiation, attention to task, joint attention, distal/proximal point, inviting others to participate, turn taking, pretend play, waiting, personal space, problem solving, planning, listening to others without interrupting, body language, facial expressions, requesting (permission, objects, etc), topic maintenance, helping others
AAC: initiate/terminate activities, use of hand gestures and signs, state likes/dislikes, ask for help, give instructions, state desire to repeat, indicate yes/no, answer questions, maintain conversation through multiple exchanges, ask/answer simple questions, picture schedule, low tech communication boards, eye gaze