Students with language-based learning disability often present with a complex array of symptoms and characteristics. There is a high co-occurrence of learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, with language impairment and speech sound disorders (Boada et al., 2012). While not every student with a learning disability will experience these added speech and language challenges, research indicates that they are common. With that in mind, many Cambridge School students benefit from the additional support that speech and language therapy provides.
Speech and Language at Cambridge School
The speech and language pathologists at Cambridge School work to develop intensive, individualized treatment programs that are tailored to meet each child’s unique challenges. Our ASHA-certified speech and language pathologists have experience with a range of pediatric speech and language disorders, including:
- Articulation delays/disorders
- Childhood apraxia of speech
- Central auditory processing disorders
- Cognitive impairments
- Executive function challenges
- Nonverbal learning disability
- Reading comprehension challenges
- Receptive and expressive language delays
- Social skills/social communication impairment
- Specific language impairment
- Stuttering and dysfluency
- Working memory impairment
- Written expression difficulties
Our speech and language therapy process is built on an ongoing relationship between the therapist, student, parent, and teachers. Our therapists pathologists have a daily presence in the school, which allows for effective collaboration between students, teachers, and administration. The delivery of services is provided in the manner that is most beneficial to each student’s needs, which can range from individual 45-minute therapy sessions, to small group therapy sessions, or “push-in” therapy provided in the classroom.
In addition to our full range of therapy services, the department offers the CompleteSpeech Smart Palate program, an electropalatography program designed specifically for students who have persistent articulation challenges.
Contact Us to Learn More
The Cambridge School Speech and Language Department also offers free screenings to families who have concerns that their child is struggling in the areas of speech and/or language development. To schedule a screening contact Alicia Parson, CCC-SLP, Director of Speech and Language Pathology.
Alicia Parson, MS CCC-SLP
Director of Speech and Language Pathology and Social Cognitive Strategies Specialist
- Years at Cambridge School – 9
- PROMPT trained
- Lindamood-Bell® trained in LiPS® and Visualizing Verbalizing®
- Trained in basic Story Grammar Marker® methodology
- Extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of pediatric speech and language disorders.
- Social Skills/Social Communication
- Social Cognitive Strategies (incorporates Social Thinking®)
- DIR/Floortime (Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship Based Treatment)
- Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) training and certification
- Expert Witness in Special Education Law cases in New Jersey
- M.S. Speech – Language Pathology
- NJ State SLP Certification
- ASHA awards for Continuing Education