Animal-Assisted Therapy: Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a goal-directed intervention. It's directed or delivered by a health/human service professional with specialized expertise within their scope of professional practice. That is the Delta Society definition. What does that mean to us? That the animal is included in the speech-language therapy with a licensed certified speech-language pathologist who either is the trained dog handler as well – the dog is their dog – or, there is a handler and a...

Today we’d like to introduce you to Saren Schapiro, M.Sc., CCC-SLP. Saren is the proud founder of SAGE Speech and Learning Associates. As a busy mom of 2, and a crusader for developmentally appropriate education, Saren identified the need in Atlanta for effective and practical speech language therapy. She is a nationally certified Speech-Language Pathologist with experience in a wide variety of pediatric settings, including public schools, private schools, hospitals, and private clinics. Saren has both diagnostic...

Exciting NEWS! Our new full time speech and feeding therapist is bringing in a therapy dog! In her own words: "My dog's name is "June". She is a 2.5 year-old 100lb all white and fluffy Great Pyrenees and the most docile angel. She is registered as an "Emotional Support Animal", and I also have a Rx for her from my MD. She came from an organic farm in northwest Georgia. A number of her siblings were...

The ASHA Leader Blog Echoes of Language Development: 7 Facts About Echolalia for SLPs Posted: 5/9/2017 It's no secret that verbal repetition and imitation are important parts of early speech and language acquisition. Speech and language input create a framework for children to understand their environment, say first words, learn new vocabulary and exercise increasingly complex functions of communication. As children hear language around them, they begin to assign meaning, repeat words and eventually use language in novel...

As written on Mayo Clinic website: A baby's first words are music to a parent's ears. But how can you tell if your child's speech and language development is on track? While every child learns to speak at his or her own pace, general milestones can serve as a guide to normal speech and language development — and help doctors and other health professionals determine when a child might need extra help. By the end of 3 months By...

Did you know we offer FREE screenings through most Pediatrician offices in Metro Atlanta?  Periodically, multiple pediatric offices encourage us to offer screenings for their patients. Currently we have screenings scheduled for patients of Sandy Springs Pediatrics on June 30th.  If you are a patient of this practice, be sure to grab a time slot!  We would be happy to contact other offices to offer free screenings for their patients as well, so let us know! www.sagespeech.com  ...

http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/Parent-Stim-Activities.htm Birth to 2 Years Encourage your baby to make vowel-like and consonant-vowel sounds such as "ma," "da," and "ba." Reinforce attempts by maintaining eye contact, responding with speech, and imitating vocalizations using different patterns and emphasis. For example, raise the pitch of your voice to indicate a question. Imitate your baby's laughter and facial expressions. Teach your baby to imitate your actions, including clapping you hands, throwing kisses, and playing finger games such as pat-a-cake, peek-a-boo, and the itsy-bitsy-spider. Talk...

SAGE offers Feeding Therapy! Does your child have difficulty or picky eating habits? Does he/she have less than 20 foods in his/her diet or excludes whole categories? Is mealtime difficult often with behaviors such as refusal to try a variety of new foods, crying or gagging? Is your child losing weight or not gaining enough weight on the growth chart?   Eating is a socially learned behavior and should be stress free and fun. We offer a desensitization approach that involves...

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