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Speech Therapy Services at Bierman Autism Centers

Enhance Your Child’s World with Words

Communication is the bridge that connects individuals, allowing them to share experiences, emotions, and information. For many children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), traversing this bridge can be challenging. These difficulties can manifest as trouble using words to communicate, the words they use being understood by others, understanding directions or language, or engaging socially.

At Bierman Autism Centers, our trained speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are poised to support your child’s journey toward more effective communication, offering personalized treatment plans tailored to each child’s unique needs.

What is Speech Therapy?

To many, speech therapy is about correcting speech patterns or increasing the sounds children use so they are better understood. But in reality, it offers so much more. It’s the joy of seeing a child articulate a new word, helping a child connect with peers and loved ones, increasing social skills, and our children accomplishing greater understanding and communication. This can manifest through the utilization of social cues, exposure to diverse interactions, and the ability to communicate and participate across a variety of environments and help meet the child’s needs. It’s the experience of transforming the simple act of communication into a source of confidence and connection.

The Scope of Our Practice

Our approach to speech therapy encompasses a broad spectrum of practices aimed at facilitating effective communication:

  • Articulation and phonology
  • Receptive and Expressive Language
  • Pragmatics
  • Motor speech disorders
  • Feeding and swallowing
  • AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)
  • Fluency
  • Hearing loss
  • Literacy
  • Voice

While some may associate speech therapy with speech sounds or patterns, like stuttering, we look at the big picture of how increased speech and language skills promote communication across a variety of learners. This helps empower children to express their desires, form relationships, and navigate their world safely.

Collaboration: The Bierman Way

At the heart of our approach is the belief that collaboration is key. While speech therapy is powerful, its potential is maximized when combined with other disciplines, such as ABA. Our integrated approach ensures that our children receive holistic care tailored to their individual needs.

For us, collaboration means:

  • Maximized Learning Opportunities: By combining expertise, children get a rich, varied learning experience.
  • Individualized Goals: With insights from both Speech Therapy and ABA, goals are fine-tuned to a child’s unique needs.
  • Unified Approach: Our integrated teams ensure all efforts are synergized, giving children consistent, cohesive support.

Beyond therapy sessions, our SLPs wear many hats. From planning therapy sessions, engaging with caregivers and pediatricians, and collaborating with other professionals to keeping abreast of the latest techniques, their days are diverse and fulfilling. Their key role, however, remains clear: to support, empower, and inspire the children in our care.

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The Bierman Difference

At Bierman Autism Centers, we recognize the diverse communication challenges that both our verbal and non-verbal communication faced by young children diagnosed with autism. By seamlessly integrating Speech-Language Therapy into our ABA therapy programs, we are able to create opportunities in a naturally enriching environment that mirrors real-life interactions in different settings, such as home, school, and even the dentist! This approach not only fosters verbal, nonverbal, conversational skills, and social communication skills but also ensures that our children are better able to effectively communicate and participate in a greater array of at home and in the community.

Personal Insights: Our SLPs Share

Our Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are the heart of our Speech Therapy services. Here are some thoughts from our dedicated team:

  • “For me, Speech Therapy is about equipping children with the means for everyday communication. It’s the privilege of being an advocate for those who might be finding their voice.”
  • “Speech Therapy is all about empowerment – giving children the skills to express themselves confidently and ensuring families feel equipped to support them.”
  • “To me, it means providing the tools for children to convey their wants, needs, and ideas.”
  • “It’s about giving a child not just a voice but a platform for self-expression.”

Should you wish to learn more about our approach, teams, or services, we invite you to get in touch. At Bierman Autism Centers, we’re here to help your child bridge the world of communication.

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ABA Services

Bierman’s early intervention ABA therapy services can help your child improve behaviors, learn new skills, and reach new goals. (H2)

Our Speech Therapists work with Bierman’s BCBAs, who provide Applied Behavior Analysis therapy. This includes language development, language disorders, feeding skills, and therapy techniques that use naturalistic teaching to teach through play. We understand that our children’s needs are diverse, and we strive to adapt to their different learning styles and language skills. We ensure children are progressing and developing skills through our proprietary data measurement system and seek to create lifelong learners and long-term success.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the study and analysis of behavior as it relates to the natural environment. Utilizing this evidence-based, best practice standard, 1:1 programs are developed to decrease challenging behaviors and increase socially significant skills. To maximize outcomes, each child’s ABA therapy programs are individually designed and utilize data-based decisions to ensure individualized learning. Contact us or your pediatrician to learn more about ABA therapy services.

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Occupational Therapy

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Bierman Autism Services: Occupational Therapy

Empower your child to do life on their terms.

Within our centers, we serve many children who face difficulty effectively receiving, processing, and responding to sensory information. Occupational Therapy can help children strengthen skills that are needed in everyday life and can help target skills related to play, school preparation, self-esteem, and daily living.

What is Occupational Therapy?

The goals of Occupational Therapists are to:

  • Improve and enhance the quality of life for individuals and families
  • To introduce, maintain, and improve skills so individuals can be as independent as possible
  • Produce meaningful participation in activities
  • Improve success in all aspects of life through teaching, practice, and modification of skills
  • Use hands-on developmental activities and/or adaptive strategies to improve learning and environment to address the following skills:
  • Fine motor skills (handwriting skills)
  • Gross Motor skills (navigating play structures)
  • ADL (management of fasteners of clothing)
  • Play skills (appropriate use of toys)
  • Sensory (assistance in regulating over/under sensitivity)
  • Social-emotional development and self-regulation (identifying emotions and using self-calming strategies)
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