Speech and Language Therapy

Our speech-language program addresses a variety of adolescent speech and language deficits. Utilizing a range of research-based approaches, our speech-language pathologists design and implement treatment programs to meet the unique and individual needs of each client. The following provides a brief overview of the most common types of adolescent communication disorders targeted at OTA:

  • Receptive and Expressive language deficits
  • Articulation and Phonological disorders
  • Motor planning speech deficits and Apraxia
  • Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • Social-pragmatic deficits
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Developmental Delays
  • Oral Motor deficits
  • Executive Functioning

Our speech-language pathologists also work with families and outside providers in developing functional communication systems for adolescents who are nonverbal or have limited functional speech production. Visual supports, communication books and/or augmentative alternative communication devices are implemented in order to promote initiation and social communication for our clients. Click here for a printable document and contact information.

Speech and Language Evaluations

Comprehensive Speech and Language Evaluation

Our comprehensive speech and language evaluation requires 8.5 hours of therapist time. This evaluation will give you a complete picture of you or your child’s speech and language needs, along with recommendations for services and accommodations. It includes one and a half to two hours of direct assessment across two testing sessions, a comprehensive detailed written report, and an evaluation feedback meeting.

Abridged HPHC or BC/BS Speech and Language Evaluation

Clients whose evaluation is covered by Harvard Community Health Care (HPHC) or Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) insurance plans only are eligible for our abridged evaluation. This evaluation requires 45 minutes to one hour of assessment with parent feedback and includes a brief two-page written report. An evaluation feedback/goal-setting meeting is highly encouraged but not covered by this insurance plan and must be paid for out-of-pocket if desired. This evaluation is not comprehensive but is sufficient to determine eligibility for speech and language therapy services.

Speech and Language Screening

Speech and language screenings are available as appropriate. This screening is most often used when a child is receiving occupational therapy at OTA The Koomar Center and his or her therapist believes there may be possible speech and language issues.  Also, at times it is unclear from an initial intake if a child has speech and language issues and a screening may be recommended as a first step instead of a full evaluation. A full evaluation may be recommended if indicated by the screening. A screening consists of one hour of assessment and a feedback checklist is provided at the end of the screening.