EXPRESSIONS IS ONE OF ONLY 3 CLINICS IN THE BIRMINGHAM METRO AREA THAT OFFERS EVALUATIONS AND THERAPY FOR AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION!
Expressions Center for Communication Disorders specializes in Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC), expressive language disorders, and receptive language disorders. You’ll find descriptions of services we offer listed below. Please don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We work with children who have needs in the following areas:
Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC): Some people are unable to communicate using verbal speech due to physical, emotional, or intellectual difficulties. Fortunately, advances in technology offer amazing alternatives to allow these individuals to communicate with others. There are numerous AAC strategies that range from using printed photos and symbols to computerized devices that contain thousands of words.
Lauren is trained and experienced in using the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) Approach and the Picture Exchange Communication Strategy (PECS), as well as various other research-based AAC strategies. She has over 5 years of experience working with children who use AAC to communicate.
Expressive Language: When a child has a language disorder, he or she may have difficulty expressing their wants and needs (i.e. “more juice”), answering or asking questions (i.e. “where daddy”), or commenting on activities or items of interest (i.e. “big dog”). Expressive language disorders are often accompanied by a developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, or genetic disorder. It can also be caused by limited exposure to language in the home, time with peers, or experiences such as going to the grocery store or the zoo. Speech therapy is often beneficial in teaching children word meanings and how to use language to communicate.
Receptive Language: Receptive language is the ability to understand and process what we hear. Children with receptive language disorders may have difficulty following directions, answering questions, or understanding gestures. Receptive language disorders often accompany expressive language disorders. Speech therapy focuses on teaching these skills through tying experiences with what they hear (i.e. sitting when they hear the word “sit”).
Apraxia of Speech: Our brains tell our tongue, lips, and vocal cords how to move to make speech sounds to form words and sentences. When a child has apraxia, that connection from the brain to the mouth doesn’t work the way it should. SLPs can use a variety of research-based strategies and programs to help the brain sequence these movements for more successful communication.
Articulation: Some children have difficulty producing certain speech sounds. This causes their speech to be difficulty to understand. It can affect their ability to communicate, read, and socialize. Articulation therapy is often successful in helping children correctly produce these speech sounds to increase the intelligibility of their speech.
Behavior Intervention: SLPs, behavior specialists, and other professionals in the field know that behavior is often a child’s form of communication. This is especially true of children who are unable to or have difficulty in communicating verbally. Behavior intervention through the use of visuals, research-based strategies, and access to communication is often successful in decreasing behaviors related to communication difficulties.
Social Skills: Some children struggle to appropriately interact with peers and adults. They may have trouble initiating or maintaining conversation, asking questions, making eye contact, or have trouble making friends. Speech therapy can provide children with strategies to interact more appropriately with peers and adults.
Parent/Caregiver Training: Knowing what strategies to use with your child at home can be difficult. The SLP will provide whatever training you need and will offer support to help you help your child.
AAC Evaluation: We are one of only 4 facilities in the Birmingham Metro Area that offers AAC Evaluations. We would love to work with your family. The AAC Evaluation typically takes 1 hour, but may range from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on your child’s needs. We will use various AAC strategies with your child to determine which is most appropriate at present and for the future. We prefer recommending communication devices that can grow with your child. This is the most beneficial and practical for your child. We will complete and submit the necessary paperwork to request that your insurance purchase the recommended communication device (if applicable). We will also provide therapy services to help your child learn to use the device, if desired.
Speech/Language Evaluation: This evaluation includes a standardized evaluation, observation in an unstructured and/or structured environment, and parent consultation. Depending on your child’s needs, we may evaluate articulation (speech sounds), expressive language (how he/she communicate with others), or receptive language (how he/she understand others’ communication). Once we discuss the results (most likely at a time other than the evaluation), recommendations for therapy will be made.
AAC Therapy: Expressions is one of 3 clinics in the Birmingham Metro Area that provides therapy for the use of a communication device. We are passionate about children having a voice, so we are proud to offer this service. Teaching your child to use a communication device is almost like teaching him or her a new language! We will work on locating symbols/words on the device, using their new words to request items or activities they love, and to interact with their favorite people. Frequency and length of therapy sessions will be determine after an evaluation has been complete.
Speech/Language Therapy: Therapy sessions can address areas of need including expressive language, receptive language, articulation, apraxia of speech, and more. Once we have discussed results of the evaluation, we will determine what areas need to be addressed during therapy.
Staff Training: Do you work with a therapy clinic, doctor’s office, or daycare? We would love to train your staff on basic speech and language strategies, AAC devices, how to make environments more language rich, and more. Contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Family Training: Maybe you have a large extended family who wants to know exactly what your child is working on in therapy so they can help, too. We love when families are involved and would be more than happy to offer a training on your child’s needs. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Client Consultation: Are you a speech therapist or special education teacher who needs help with AAC and communication devices? We would be happy to consult on specific clients to help you develop a plan of care that will take them to the next level. Contact us at email@example.com for more information.