Special Programs

In addition to weekly individual therapy services, we provide the following:

ACCENT MODIFICATION

For a non-native English speaker, applying Accent Modification techniques can be beneficial to increase your intelligibility with family, friends, and in the work place. Accent Modification involves assessing your production of specific English words. That sample is then analyzed to identify sounds (consonants or vowels) that are either distorted in some way, missing, or even being replaced by a different sound (any of which could be confusing your intended message). Sounds are then practiced in a variety of consonant/vowel combinations to increase your intelligibility. The goal is not to make you sound just like an English speaker, but to shape your speech to more closely resemble English, thereby improving your ability to communicate with a wider variety of people and in multiple situations. The Compton PESL Accent Modification approach is widely used, and when administered by certified SPG therapists, produces positive results.

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COCHLEAR IMPLANT REHABILITATION

The Speech Pathology Group has two staff members with special training in treating children with cochlear implants and hearing aids. This service is currently available at our Walnut Creek Clinic site.

 

EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES

The Speech Pathology Group endorses early detection of speech-language and hearing disorders by offering low-cost screenings to community preschool sites. We also provide parent/caregiver and professional in-service trainings upon request.


BUILDING BRIDGES (SCHEDULED PER PARENT REQUEST)

A workshop designed to help caregivers and families of infants, toddlers and children bridge communication gaps that may exist due to delayed language acquisition. The workshop will focus on techniques families can use in the home and during naturally-occurring activities to facilitate language growth and improved social language interaction. An experienced speech-language pathologist in the area of early language development will model appropriate linguistic structures, foster vocabulary development growth, and expand language in natural environments. Participants will receive materials and activities they can take home and immediately use in the home to make learning fun for the entire family. Upon request, staff trainings are available.
Phase 1: Infant/toddler population
Phase 2: Preschool/Pre K population

 

COMMUNICATION POWER HOUR (OFFERED ONCE PER MONTH)

A monthly parent and toddler group session where parents meet have an opportunity to learn about typical language development; ask questions about their own child’s speech and language difficulties; learn strategies and techniques to stimulate language development; discover ways to use toys at home in order to enhance play skills and promote early concept development; help improve social skills; and learn about community resources which may be suitable based on the family and child’s level of need.

 

READING INTERVENTION SERVICES

The Orton-Gillingham Approach is an instructional method intended primarily for use with persons who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing of the sort associated with dyslexia. The method focuses primarily on decoding and encoding strategies and preliteracy skills.
Additional Information for Reading Intervention Services >>

 

SELECTIVE MUTISM

Consultation, assessment and direct treatment in clinic, school and community settings as needed. SPG licensed speech therapists utilize a combination of “best practice” behavioral therapy techniques to target increasing social comfort and communication across partners and settings.

 

SOCIAL LANGUAGE SUMMER CAMP

Camp Super Communicators is a social language camp for SPG Children ages 6-10 at Valle Verde Children’s Center in Walnut Creek, CA. It is a fun, one-of-a-kind summer camp led by a Speech-Language Pathologist to learn and practice social skills with peers in a mainstream summer camp setting. Children enrolled through SPG will benefit from specialized instruction from a licensed speech language pathologist and support staff based on their communication needs. There will be opportunities for small group learning and time to practice new skills in a natural camp setting.
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COMMUNICATE WITH CARE PARENT SUPPORT GROUP

SPG offers a friendly and helpful support group for parents and caregivers. This support group welcomes anyone in the community that has a child with special needs. You do not need to be an SPG family to attend. The support group meets every other month during the school year from 6:30-8pm in Walnut Creek. It is an adult only group and daycare is not provided. This group allows caregivers to connect with one another in a positive and supportive environment at no cost. There are opportunities to listen to professional speakers and gain resources in the community.
Upcoming dates and sign ups are posted on the main SPG clinic page under News and Events.
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