We collaborate with a client’s family and educational team to ensure carryover of recommendations through family informational sessions, review of outside assessments, and school/district consultations.

Family Informational Sessions

Families in need of support and guidance outside of direct services may contact The Clinic for an informational session. The specific content, goals, and duration of an informational session vary, based on the needs of the child and the family. Example informational sessions include: 1) providing developmental information related to diagnoses; 2) coaching on implementation of behavior management strategies;  or 3) modeling how to program a specific augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. In some cases, an interdisciplinary informational session may be appropriate, bringing together clinicians from various disciplines.

Common questions that might lead to a Family Informational Session:

  1. My son was recently identified with a hearing loss. My whole family is overwhelmed and we don’t know where to start. Can The Clinic provide more information about our options relating to his education, language, and development?
  2. My daughter’s school recommended we use “ABA strategies” at home to reduce her challenging behaviors. We don’t even know what this means! Can The Clinic help us figure out how to support our daughter?
  3. My son is showing some early success with his new AAC device. I would like to know how to program the device so I can add pictures and pages related to our family’s activities and vacations. Can professionals at The Clinic teach me how to do this?

Review of Outside Assessments

The Clinic can assist families, schools, and professionals to better comprehend the findings and recommendations written in assessments completed elsewhere. Assessment reports can be difficult to understand (particularly when evaluations come from multiple sources) and recommendations may be contradictory or challenging to implement. A review at The Clinic can help to ensure that the methodology, clinical findings, and recommendations of an assessment are well understood by the many people involved in supporting the child.

Common questions that might lead to a review of outside assessments:

  1. My son had a psychological assessment done at his school, and I don’t really understand what the report is saying. Can The Clinic help?
  2. My deaf daughter had an educational assessment as part of her 3 year re-evaluation, but she told me there wasn’t an interpreter and she didn’t really understand what she was supposed to do. What should I do?
  3. The speech and language evaluation that my son’s school completed recommended that he wait a few more years before considering an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. I’m concerned about waiting too long. What should I do?
  4. I am a special education teacher, and just received a file full of reports and evaluations on one of my students. I’m not quite sure where to start! Can The Clinic help? 

School/District Consultations

The Clinic can support schools and districts in implementing assessment-driven recommendations in order to optimize impact. The Clinic can offer consultation to schools and districts, provide staff training, and share resources. The nature of these consultations will differ based on the specific needs of the school or district.

Common questions that might lead to a school or district consultation:

  1. I am a school administrator, and we have a new student who has some unique accommodations and modifications. Can The Clinic help my staff to ensure these are in place for the student?
  2. Can The Clinic support members of my student’s team, including his specialist teachers, to use his behavior support plan across the school day?
  3. A student in my special education program is transitioning to high school and her  team of teachers is growing significantly. Can The Clinic support this teacher team in implementing the recommendations found on his IEP?

Supporting Children Who Use Echolalia

Many children who use echolalia and scripting are engaging in an alternative process of language development. Rather than building from single words into phrases and sentences, these gestalt processors start with long connected phrases or language bundles that need to be broken down. Repetitive phrases, songs, TV episodes, or jargon, scripting and echolalia can signal a unique pattern of language development that requires a differentiated set of supports.

These services are offered by speech-language pathologist Adrienne Koenig, M.S., CCC-SLP. Consultation and training can be provided for:

  • Families 
  • Educational teams
  • Other professionals

Common questions that might lead to these services:

  1. My child repeats sections of the TV show Paw Patrol all day. Can you help me understand why this is happening?
  2. Traditional methods aren’t working with a student who use echolalia. What can the child’s education team and I do to better support them?
  3. A client I see for speech therapy repeats things that they hear, but struggles to answer me when I ask them questions. Can you help me understand how to communicate with them?