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.
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.
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.
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:
- Educational teams
- Other professionals