Speech and Therapeutically Enhanced Education

  • January 17, 2017

Therapeutically Enhanced Education

ACT Philosophy of Therapy and Education

All Children's Therapy (ACT)  is the only Arkansas based online therapeutic resource utilizing it's Trademarked program "Therapeutically Enhanced Education."  Students utilize both inhouse and with online materials with a diagnosis of dyslexia, language delays, ADHD, apraxia, sensory processing disorder, and/or specific learning disability. 

Our program was created and designed to holistically address the students six domains of health and wellness: intellect, social, spiritual, emotional, environment, and physical.  Our online and inhouse model strives to give the student the right tools to be successful in thier home, school and community.  ACT provides proven and tested materials where a student can develop their unique giftedness, self-confidence and the skills necessary to realize their full achievement in all areas of their life. 

ACT Online utilizes academic curriculum created by the staff and founder, which adapts traditional teaching methods to specific tailored proven curriculum, used to reach gifted and bright students who learn differently. ACT uses evidence-based multisensory progrms such as Orton Gillingham, Sequential English Education®, The DuBard Associaiton Method®, Multisensory Math, Lindamood Bell®, Montessori activities, and biblically based life skills training.  

ACT  offers parent trainings and conferences to educate, equip and support them as a integral part of our team. Students who learn differently find traditional school frustrating and overwhelming which impacts the entire family.  Equally important to ACT is our ability to provide a place of belonging and acceptance for the student.  

ACT's multi-disciplinary team consisting of the families, educators, speech language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists  utilizes a comprehensive holistic approach we call "Therapeutically Enhanced Education® which addresses the student's therapeutic and academic needs. The curriculum, learning environment, organizational methods, sensory support, and Biblical Principles are of the utmost importance to our model. Our focus for each student is to address their weaknesses while building on their strengths.  Our students discover that they were fearfully and wonderfully made by God, so they are able to accept their journey in life as well as learn coping strategies to persevere over trials with Godly character. 


 

Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is the treatment of children with speech and/or language disorders.   Human language involves both expressive speech, which is the production, and receptive language, which is the understanding.

  • Expressive speech is the production or articulation of sounds and words in speech. Expressive disorders include difficulty putting words together, limited vocabulary, or inability to use language in a socially appropriate way.
  • Receptive language occurs during the comprehension or understanding of words and sentences.   Receptive disorders refer to difficulties understanding or processing language.

Language development and skills are the most important foundational skills that directly affect a child’s later academic abilities and potential. Speech and Language affect oral reading, decoding, and written expression.

Language acquisition is the process by which humans acquire the capacity to perceive, produce and use words (link is external) to understand and communicate.  Both production and reception utilize the five basic structural components of language

  1. PHONOLOGY: The system of the sound segments that humans use to build up words. Each language has a different set of these segments or phonemes, and children quickly come to recognize and then produce the speech segments that are characteristic of their native language.
  2. SYNTAX:  the structure and arrangement of words in language

    1. Grammar: The system of rules by which words and phrases are arranged to make meaningful statements. Children need to learn how to use the ordering of words to mark grammatical functions such as subject or direct object. 
  3. SEMANTICS The system of meanings that are expressed by words and phrases. In order to serve as a means of communication between people, words must have a shared or conventional meaning. Picking out the correct meaning for each new word is a major learning task for children.

  4. MORPHOLOGY: Internal structure and forms of words

  5. PRAGMATICS The system of patterns that determine how humans can use language in particular social settings for particular conversational purposes. Children learn that conversations customarily begin with a greeting, require turn taking, and concern a shared topic. They come to adjust the content of their communications to match their listener's interests, knowledge, and language ability. 

Specialists in Speech Therapy

  • Speech-language pathologists (SLPs), often informally known as speech therapists, are professionals educated in the study of human communication, its development, and its disorders. They hold at least a master's degree and state certification/licensure in the field, as well as a certificate of clinical competency from ASHA.
  • By assessing the speech, language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing skills of children and adults, speech-language pathologists can identify types of communication problems and the best way to treat them.
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