Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can include forms of communication that help the user to express wants, needs and thoughts.
AAC provides a means of communication for people with complex communication needs who have difficulty using speech as their primary mode of communication. Individuals with severe speech or language problems may use AAC to supplement existing speech or replace dysfunctional speech. These aids may include picture or symbol communication boards, books or electronic devices.
Our therapists have the knowledge and experience to work with you and your family to determine your communication needs and to assess the most functional, appropriate alternative communication methods for you. Our therapists will assist you through the process of trials and trainings, and help you to make your communication device the most effective for you.
Our therapists have a wealth of knowledge working with clients from different backgrounds and conditions. They have extensive training in many specialties working with deaf and hard of hearing clients, autism and autism disorders, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's disease, cancer, motor speech disorders (apraxia, dysarthria, articulation), accent modification, and genetic disorders, among others.
Whatever your personal journey has encountered, we have a therapist that can work with you.
Call today to schedule a consultation to find a clinician that best meets your needs.
Our therapists provide intervention to individuals or groups to address language in social settings.
A person may have appropriate grammar and use accurate sentence structure, but still struggle when using language with others. These problems may include disorganized conversation, inappropriate utterances, and little variety in language use.
Our therapists are trained to address the following:
• Using language for different purposes: greeting, informing, demanding, promising or requesting.
• How to change language according to the needs of a listener or situation
• Rules for conversations such as: taking turns, introducing topics, staying on topic, rephrasing,
verbal & nonverbal signals and how to use facial expression and eye contact effectively.
Though our social language therapy are tailored to each individual client, we use a variety of curriculum to teach social skills concepts, including the Social Thinking® Curriculum. Parents and loved ones will be offered handouts and information regarding the topics discussed and goals to work on at home.
Typical diagnoses for successful remediation are high functioning Autism, Asperger Syndrome (AS),
Non-verbal learning disability, learning disabilities and social anxiety. Group sessions may be assembled according to social skills and levels and areas needed for improvement. Please contact our office for an evaluation and placement in groups.
Swallowing therapy is offered for both adults and pediatric clients who experience difficulty eating. Our therapists are trained in evaluating swallow dysfunction and delivering evidence-based exercises designed to strengthen and/or compensate for differences in the swallowing mechanism.
Our therapists are knowledgeable about positioning, swallow strategies and food and liquid textures that are easier and safer for swallowing conditions. In addition, therapists are knowledgeable regarding PEG tubes and supplemental nutrition.
We believe that eating is one of life’s great pleasures, and we are committed to working with you to develop a treatment plan to maximize safety and well- being when swallowing (or eating by mouth).
Additionally, we have therapists trained to offer the Vital Stim© electrical stimulation to increase sensation and muscle activity in target areas.
Harbor Speech Pathology offers assessment and therapeutic intervention after changes in communication as a result of injury, stroke or disease.
Individualized treatment is centered around the lifestyle and personal goals of each patient. Our caring therapists have extensive background and training in providing services to improve the speech, language comprehension and use, voice, and non-verbal communication of the adult client.
Your voice is produced through coordinated muscle movements, beginning in your lungs and traveling up through your mouth. With so many working parts, environmental effects and/or physiological changes, your voice can change too.
Perhaps you experience hoarseness, nasal vocal quality, pitch problems or you feel like you are speaking too softly or loudly. Our Speech-Language Pathologists can evaluate your voice, work with you to improve your voice (through vocal exercise) and learn good voice habits to prevent further damage. Some of the therapies that our clinicians are trained to provide include Lee Silverman Voice Treatment© (LSVT).
Kids are our business at HSP! Our creative and knowledgeable therapists are excited to develop a personal program to strengthen your child’s communication abilities. Our approach to therapy is both fun and functional! With over 75 years of combined pediatric-centered experience, our therapists are skilled at providing play- based intervention for articulation and language delays, social language, and fluency. In addition, we believe in empowering families by sharing tools and tips for successful communication at home, at school, and beyond.
Our pediatric speech therapists have years of experience working with children in schools and the community.
These skills include targeting:
• Articulation errors (speech sound errors that may include substitution, changes or omission of sounds in speech)
• Feeding issues (as a result of sensory input, PEG tube placement or swallowing)
• Language use (using appropriate grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary, word order)
• Fluency (to address speech sound repetitions like stuttering)
• Social skills
• Problem solving and critical thinking
• Aural habituation or rehabilitation (including deaf and hard of hearing populations and cochlear implants)
Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
Adult Speech & Language Therapy
Pediatric Speech & Language Therapy
Gig Harbor Office
5202 Olympic Drive NW Suite #100
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
P (253) 851-0007
F (253) 514-8261
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