Your child deserves to be understood

Speech-Sound Production

"My child mispronounces words, and sometimes it is difficult for others to understand what she is saying…"

"I'm convinced my child has the words, but why does he struggle so hard to get them out…?"

"My child makes weird speech errors that are hard to describe...it’s almost like the sounds are all mixed up…"

Many children struggle with articulation impairments and speech production patterns that are not age appropriate or developmentally expected. Speech production disorders are caused by factors such as motor functioning, the structure of the mouth, genetic and neuro-developmental syndromes and hearing impairment. BrainWorks Therapy utilizes research-based methods to determine what is causing your child’s speech-sound disorder, as well as diagnosis-specific intervention programs. 

 

We have sought out advanced training in PROMPT and the Nancy Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol to specialize in the treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech, as well as Hodson’s Cycles Approach for Phonological Disorders. A spoonful of experience makes it fun!

It's more than "just speech"

Language & Learning

Accessing the world around you and expressing yourself-Every Child's Right. Can you imagine a world where no matter how hard you try, you just can't "say it" they way you want?

"My child isn’t talking yet…and should be saying more words and phrases for her age…"

"My child has difficulty following directions…or has difficulty understanding me or responding to my questions…"

"My child gets frustrated when trying to express himself or follow a task…"

Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders involve comprehending directions, questions, vocabulary and concepts, and then being able to process and formulate to effectively communicate ones wants and needs. Unfortunately, difficulties with language carry over to reading and writing. Speech-Language Pathologists are expertly suited to delineate the language characteristics that are making communication hard, in home, in school, in the community, in life.

Reading and Writing Success Begins with Spoken Language!

Structured Literacy Instruction

If you suspect your child has dyslexia, it's essential to pinpoint the underlying cause and determine the specific skills that need support to help your child succeed. BrainWorks Therapy follows guidelines set forth by the International Dyslexia Association. We conduct a thorough reading evaluation where we gather information and analyze evidence to determine how your child performs in reading, spelling, language and other relevant areas. Depending on the age of your child and the concerns that arise, they may be tested in some or all of the following areas: 

 

  • Oral Language

  • Phonological Processing

  • Word ID

  • Decoding

  • Spelling

  • Fluency

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Vocabulary

 

Formal and informal testing measures are used to build a profile of strengths and weaknesses in language and literacy.

 

We then develop a treatment plan that leverages the brain's innate ability to process and use oral language by using a speech-to-print model of Structure Literacy Instruction. We teach students to attend to the sounds of spoken words first, and only then, connect letters to the sounds and meanings of the words they speak. We empower students to be the "CEOs." of their language learning. Students learn to think about their thinking to successfully read and write words, while attaching rich and meaningful connections.

 

What are some of the programs we use for Reading, Spelling & Literacy?

 

  • Orton-Gillingham Methodologies

  • SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing™

  • Expanding Expression Tool

  • Story Grammar Marker

  • SQSentence & SQWrite™

  • Brain Frames: Visual Tools that Organize Language®

  • Empower: A Method for Teaching Expository Writing™

  • Fast ForWord®