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Speech Therapy & Occupational Therapy

Articulation & Phonological Disorders • Receptive & Expressive Language Disorders
Late Talkers • Developmental Delays • Complex Communication Needs • Autism  
Delayed Milestones • Muscle Weakness • Motor Based Disorders • Sensory Processing Disorder

Evaluations

Before your speech or occupational therapy sessions begin, we will gather some information about your child's overall development, personal interests, and support needs. Our evaluation process typically includes the following:

  • Parent interview

  • Review of any prior testing

  • Formal assessment

  • Natural observations

  • Interactive play activities

After the evaluation is complete, we will share the results and discuss our recommendations. Since you know your child best, we will work together to develop meaningful therapy goals that will make a positive difference in their life! 

Our Approach to Therapy

The Power of Speech celebrates every child's unique personality, learning style, and interests! Our speech and occupational therapy sessions get kids regulated and engaged in the learning process, using activities such as:

  • Obstacle courses and treasure hunts

  • Sensory activities and swinging

  • Books, iPad games, and board games

  • Trains, doll houses, trucks, and toys

As parents, your involvement is extremely important for your child's progress with emerging skills. We always review what we worked on during your speech or occupational therapy sessions and share home practice ideas at the end of each session. Our recommendations aim to be fun and easy to embed into your family's everyday routines!

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Speech & Language Therapy

At The Power of Speech, we take time to understand your child's unique speech and language profile to identify any areas they need support with. We always include an element of play to make learning fun - so your child will want to come back for weekly therapy! The Power of Speech will help your child:

  • Communicate more clearly using gestures, sign language, pictures, and words

  • Feel better understood by others

  • Understand and use relevant vocabulary for mealtimes, getting dressed, playing with a sibling, and other daily life activities

  • Follow directions and comprehend what they hear

  • Combine words into longer, complex sentences

  • Gain self-regulation and self-advocacy skills

  • Confidently interact with others to express themselves in a variety of settings

The Power of Speech supports language development in children of all ages and learning styles. With advanced training in both Analytic Language Processing and Gestalt Language Processing, we are passionate about building communication skills during play and natural learning opportunities!

Child working on communicating more clearly and making speech sounds more accurately during speech therapy
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Child using an AAC app on a tablet to communicate during speech therapy

Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)

Every mode of communication is respected and celebrated at The Power of Speech, including gestures, sign language, vocal speech, and visuals! Our goal is to help your child find the method that works best for them to say everything they want to say. AAC therapy will help your child: 

  • Express themselves in personal, social, academic, and safety situations

  • Independently communicate and self-advocate

  • Actively and effectively participate in daily interactions, decisions, conversations, and learning opportunities

Your child may be a good candidate for AAC therapy if they are nonspeaking or if they have limited expressive language skills, inconsistent ability to use verbal speech, or difficulty being understood. 

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Occupational Therapy

Learning about a child's sensory system can have an incredible impact on how they are able to take in and process the world around them. How does your child express their emotions? How do they learn best? Sensory integration, fine motor, and gross motor development are a few areas your pediatric occupational therapist will focus on developing. Occupational therapy will help your child: 

  • Increase independence with daily tasks such as zipping up a coat and buttoning their pants

  • Improve hand-eye coordination needed for activities such as playing catch

  • Learn important self-regulation strategies that focus on the whole sensory system

A sneak peek into an occupational therapy session would reveal the creative ways developing skills are embedded into obstacle courses, sensory swings, and a game of Operation! 

Child working on fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination during occupational therapy for kids
Parent Coaching
Parents who have learned to support their child's communication development through parent coaching sessions

Parent Coaching

The Power of Speech provides parent coaching services to give you the tools and strategies you need to be your child's most influential teacher! We design sessions to be relevant to your family, supportive of your goals, and full of practical steps that you can take to achieve those goals. Our parent coaching sessions will support you in:

  • Becoming the parent you want to be for your child

  • Confidently supporting your child's communication development while reducing power struggles and behavior challenges

  • Building a positive relationship with your child through genuine connection and successful communication

  • Fostering your child's independence and confidence

During parent coaching sessions, you can ask questions relating to your child's speech and language development, learn suggestions for home practice, gain strategies to support language growth, discuss ideas for supporting your child at school, and more!

We are accepting new clients!

The Power of Speech provides neurodiversity-affirming speech and language therapy and occupational therapy to children throughout the

North Shore area of MA. Contact us today to get started!

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