Speech Therapy at BASS
What is Speech Therapy?
Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose and treat a variety of speech, language, and feeding disorders.
Speech-language pathologists also evaluate and identify when an augmentative or alternative communication (AAC) modality is appropriate. These range from unaided systems, such as gestures and signs, to aided systems, such as picture, writing, and speech-generating devices.
BASS Behavior Analysts are experts in the science of teaching and behavior. BASS Speech-Language Pathologists are experts in speech, language, play, and feeding development. By offering both ABA and speech-language services, BASS is committed to ensuring the most effective collaboration and the greatest potential gains for each child.
Overview of Common Speech and Language Disorders
Speech disorders include
Articulation disorders: challenges with specific sounds
Phonological disorders: challenges with patterns of sounds, such as leaving off the end of every word
Childhood apraxia of speech: challenges with planning the motor sequences necessary for speech
Fluency disorders: challenges with maintaining the flow of speech, such as stuttering
Voice disorders: challenges with pitch, volume, or vocal quality
Language disorders include
Expressive disorders: challenges with generating spontaneous language
Pragmatic disorders: challenges with using language in socially appropriate way
Cognitive-communication disorders: challenges due to memory, attention, regulation or other executive functioning deficits
Challenges with reading and writing
Feeding challenges include
Oral motor challenges with chewing, drinking, biting, and/or swallowing food
Restricted diet (less than 20 foods, refusal to eat whole food categories)
How does BASS develop a speech therapy program for my child?
Leading the SLP program is Brittany Schmidt, who is dually certified as a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She is also a certified children’s yoga and mindfulness instructor. Brittany began her career with BASS in 2016, and has since gained advanced training and experience with speech sound disorders, AAC assessment and management, and pediatric feeding disorders.
Services available in the clinic, home, school, and community settings!
All evaluations include:
- Meeting with the BCBA involved to discuss areas of need, previous and current BIPs
- Parent interview, either in person or via phone/zoom
- Direct observation in order to record a speech/language/play sample for in-depth analysis
- Standardized assessment(s)
- Dynamic assessment to trial therapeutic strategies
- Meeting with the BCBA involved to discuss recommendations and how they can be incorporated into ABA sessions
- Meeting with parent to review written report and potential home program and recommend Plan of Care
At least one treatment session per week will involve both the BCBA and SLP to ensure ongoing collaboration.