What ages do you see? Why is it necessary to have an evaluation? How are your services different than the services offered in the school? What research-based strategies do you use? As a parent, you may have many questions about the services we provide here at Enrichment TLC, especially if you are trying to decide if your child would benefit from additional help and where to find that assistance. At Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center, we see clients as young as 18 months all the way through 18+ years old. Services offered include speech production therapy, language therapy, social skills training, feeding and swallowing therapy, reading decoding and reading comprehension lessons, and math lessons. These skills are all offered in individual sessions and small group formats. When a client first comes to Enrichment TLC, our initial step is to administer an evaluation. This assessment period is individualized to your child based on the concerns that you have expressed and any observations that the Speech-Language Pathologist or Learning Specialist makes during this time with the child. The results of this evaluation allow us to determine the exact services that would most benefit your child and this guides us in writing individualized goals for his/her services. It also helps us to establish a baseline so that we can easily track the child’s progress. If you have concerns about your child’s reading abilities, you may be surprised to hear that we will set up an evaluation with a Speech-Language Pathologist. Based on our experience, many students who are struggling with reading skills have underlying language deficits that are contributing to reading difficulties. The assessments that the Speech-Language Pathologist administers will determine if that is the case. Students who demonstrate difficulties with reading, but not language, and/or math skills, will receive the recommendation of services with one of our Learning Specialists. Clients with speech, language, social skills, or feeding/swallowing concerns will receive the recommendation of services with a Speech-Language Pathologist. Services at Enrichment TLC look different from services in the schools in multiple ways.
- Both Learning Specialists and Speech-Language Pathologists write individualized goals for each child and they are reviewed every 3 months and updated if necessary. IEP reviews in the schools typically do not occur this often.
- Individual sessions at ETLC are 30-45 minutes in length and are modified regularly based on the student’s needs on any given day. Small group sessions are also offered, but each student’s unique goals are still targeted in order to prevent anyone from falling through the cracks. Sessions in the schools are typically very quick due to large caseloads and school schedules and it can be difficult to modify sessions in that small amount of time.
- At ETLC, Learning Specialists and Speech-Language Pathologists communicate with family members regarding students’ progress at least a couple times per month if not every week. Again, due to large caseloads, professionals in the schools may only be able to communicate with parents at yearly IEP meetings or through occasional emails.
All of our Learning Specialists and Speech-Language Pathologists are trained in multiple research-based programs that have proven themselves to be effective over and over. These programs include: –Lindamood-Bell: Seeing Stars (phonology for reading and spelling) –Lindamood-Bell: Visualizing and Verbalizing (reading comprehension) –Lindamood-Bell: Talkies (oral language comprehension for preschoolers) –Lindamood-Bell: On Cloud Nine (math) -PROMPT [Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets]: speech production. See this blog for further information on this technique. –Talk Tools: oral-placement therapy technique –SOS [Sequential Oral Sensory] Approach: feeding therapy technique -Room 14: social skills -Various curriculum from Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner Here is another blog post that addresses several other frequently asked questions regarding services here at Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center. Of course, we are happy to answer any questions you have if you would like to give us a call. We look forward to collaborating with your family to help your child reach his or her highest potential!
Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center has locations in the Iowa City, IA area and Des Moines, IA area. We provide individual speech-language therapy and tutoring as well as offering small group academic programs. At Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center our passion is to help kids achieve effective communication skills and gain academic success. Contact us for more information on how we can help your child succeed.
740 Community Drive, Unit A
North Liberty, IA 52317
5530 West Pkwy, Suite 300
Johnston, IA 50131