Speech Therapy | Autism F.I.R.S.T. | Therapy & Service in Northern, VA

Speech therapy helps your child communicate and comprehend verbal and nonverbal cues from others. Your therapist can work on articulation, phonology, AAC device acquisition and training, receptive and expressive language, pragmatic and social skills and feeding.

The Autism F.I.R.S.T. clinical teams work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. Flexibility and customization are important to best meet the needs of your child and family. Therapy is available for your toddler through teen in your home or virtually, via teletherapy. Your child’s speech therapist will collaborate with the entire Autism F.I.R.S.T. team weekly working towards common goals for your child.

COMMON DIAGNOSES

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental Delays
  • Congenital Syndromes
  • Receptive and Expressive Language Delays
  • Speech Articulation Delays
  • Dyspraxia
  • Feeding Disorders

SPEECH & LANGUAGE EVALUATIONS

A recent evaluation from the past 6 months is required prior to the initiation of therapy. Evaluations provide baseline data, establish goals, and are used to track progress. If you do not have a recent evaluation, your child’s speech therapist will conduct one at your first visit. During an evaluation the following areas can be assessed:

  • Speech
  • Language (Receptive and Expressive)
  • AAC Device Assessment
  • Oral-Motor
  • Feeding

FEEDING THERAPY

Sensory and behaviorally-based feeding disorders are treated by both speech and occupational therapists using a combination of the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) and Food Chaining approaches. Our focus is expanding the child’s diet at their own pace and never force a child to eat foods. Food targets are established by both the parent and therapist. For the best results, parents participate in every session and carry-over therapy meals at home each week. Feeding therapy is effective, but it is intensive and a strong parental commitment is required.

SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS

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