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Pediatric Speech and Language Therapy

Our unique approach to speech and language therapy is in how we interact with our clients. We highly value play-based and child-led methods in order to engage children in therapy through play activities while allowing the them to take the lead. We are a neuro-affirming team that incorporates sensory differences/preferences into our therapy activities. Unlike traditional speech therapy clinics, at Lighthouse Speech Therapy, we prioritize parent involvement by allowing parents to be active participants in our sessions. Our approach recognizes that children learn best when they are actively involved, motivated, and having fun. Their progress is further supported outside of our clinic because parents have an opportunity to observe and practice the strategies to use at home.  


At Lighthouse Speech Therapy, you might observe the following during speech and language therapy:

  1. Play-Based Approach: Play is a natural and enjoyable activity for children. In play-based therapy, our team incorporates play into therapy sessions, using toys, games, and activities that are motivating and interesting to the child. Play creates a comfortable and familiar environment for the child, making therapy sessions feel less like work and more like fun.

  2. Child-Led: In this approach, the child is given the opportunity to take the lead during therapy sessions. Our team follows the child's interests, preferences, and pace, allowing them to guide the activities and interactions. This helps promote engagement and motivation, as the child feels empowered and in control of their learning.

  3. Individualized Goals: We set specific therapy goals based on the child's unique needs and challenges. These goals may include improving speech sounds, expanding vocabulary, enhancing grammar and sentence structure, developing social communication skills, or addressing any other areas of concern. The goals are tailored to the child's age, abilities, and interests.

  4. Communication in Context: Therapy activities are designed to simulate real-life situations and communication contexts. Our team incorporates opportunities for the child to practice their communication skills within play scenarios, such as pretend play, storytelling, or problem-solving activities. This helps the child generalize their skills and apply them to everyday situations.

  5. Facilitation and Modeling: We act as a facilitator by modeling appropriate speech and language behaviors. We provide support and guidance to the child, demonstrating correct speech sounds, language structures, and social communication strategies. Our team encourages the child to imitate and practice these skills during play-based interactions.

  6. Reinforcement and Positive Feedback: Positive reinforcement and feedback are essential components of play-based therapy. We use praise, rewards, and other forms of positive reinforcement to motivate the child and reinforce their efforts and progress. This helps build the child's confidence and self-esteem.

  7. Family Involvement: Family involvement is crucial in play-based therapy. Our team may provide strategies and activities for parents or caregivers to continue the therapy goals at home. Collaborating with the family ensures consistency and reinforces the child's progress outside of therapy sessions.

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