Why Speech Therapy?
Sometimes people struggle to listen, express ideas, connect with friends, or organize their ideas in writing. Speech-language therapy can make all the difference. It reveals hidden patterns and helps people catch on to the hardest parts of language to communicate more effectively. My goal as a speech-language therapist is to engage my students in authentic learning experiences. I think successful speech therapy relies on functional language and tying into the student’s motivation.
Part of knowing a language is the ability to adapt it for various situations and people. We may speak differently in a classrooms than at a football game. Some children struggle with social language. They struggle to read the cues of others, to pick up on the tone of a conversation, and the real, but elusive, rules of interaction. These children need explicit instruction in social skills – requesting, apologizing, politely interruption, and respectful refusals. Therapy sessions that build Social Thinking can help these children learn the rituals and responses that are expected in various situations.
The way we actually say words is important for understudying. Articulation therapy helps students learn to pronounce words clearly and naturally. Sessions begin with an articulation diagnostic to assess baseline pronunciation and to develop an individualized treatment plan. The cost of the articulation assessment is included in 6-session and 140-session packages, but not in the pay-as-you-go single session option.
The hourly rate for speech-language therapy is $120, however discounted rates are available by purchasing packages of sessions and are also available by participating in sessions online (rather than in-person).
If you are interested in requesting speech-language services for a school-aged child, complete and submit the referral form. In order to be considered, children must not be enrolled in Boston Public Schools.