Speech Therapy

Individual and group therapy sessions offered by ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologists.

Student needs are formally assessed and individualized goals are created for each client. Our SLPs provide skilled intervention, utilizing current, researched-based approaches to assist with the following:

·        Oral language comprehension

·        Oral language production

·        Articulation/Phonology

·        Childhood apraxia of speech

·        Written language comprehension

·        Written language production

·        Social communication (pragmatics)

·        Fluency

·        Voice

·        Feeding aversion

·        Swallowing

Session Offerings

Individual Session (Sessions are $135 per hour and $67.50 for 30 minutes.)

For The Westview School students, The Stewart Center is able to provide a one-on-one clinic model for pull out-services throughout the school day or after school with the added benefit of teacher, staff and family involvement. This collaborative approach to therapy encompasses the whole child and facilitates true growth.

 

Group Sessions (Sessions are $85.00 per hour.)

Therapy is focused on collaborative play, role-playing, and social activities such as conversation, playing games, and perspective-taking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child need an assessment before beginning speech services?

All families seeking speech therapy for their child are required to provide or schedule an initial assessment in the area of speech therapy. Speech therapy may not be recommended or initiated without first completing an assessment. Assessments are generally completed on a yearly basis, but may be recommended more or less frequently by your Speech-Language Pathologist.  They are needed to determine continued need for speech therapy, to develop and adjust goals, and/or to provide recommendations as needed. It is important to monitor progress and adapt a plan of treatment to best meet the changing needs of your child. The Speech-Language Pathologist will provide results for the parent to review. If you have questions, your child’s Speech-Language Pathologist will be happy to address them with you.

 

The Stewart Center will accept any outside speech-language assessments that are completed by a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, provide adequate data with which to develop a treatment plan/goals, and are completed within one year of the date speech therapy services are to begin. In accordance with best practices, assessment data drives therapy goals to most effectively meet the needs of your child. Therefore, it is important that we have thorough and detailed assessment data prior to initiating speech therapy. If an outside speech-language assessment is provided that does not include sufficient information to develop an informed treatment plan and goals or does not represent the current functioning of your child, we may ask for additional testing.

 

How do you determine goals for my child? 

After reviewing an assessment, the Speech-Language Pathologist will utilize the current assessment to determine appropriate goals to target during therapy. Therapy goals are determined by factors included, but not limited to, the following: developmental milestones, areas that will improve social/academic success, functional goals to access curriculum, goals to improve social skills across a variety of environments, goals to improve expressive or receptive language skills, and goals to improve feeding/swallowing difficulties.

 

Speech therapy can be provided in a variety of settings, and each setting is unique in how and where therapy is recommended or implemented. Therapy can differ based on the organization providing the service, the age of the child, the developmental level of the child, the specific speech and language concerns (i.e., articulation vs. social skills), the severity of the speech and language concerns, the child’s temperament, the child’s learning style, and the child’s Speech Therapist.

 

The Stewart Center provides speech therapy utilizing a clinical model; however, our model maintains a close connection with the school model and encourages collaboration amongst parents, teachers, and other staff members that can support the carryover and generalization of speech and language skills.

Meet Our Team

 

Alexandra O’Donnell Nevins M.S., CCC-SLP

Ali Nevins is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and obtained a Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Ali completed her Bachelor of Applied Science Degree from The University of Mississippi and received a Masters of Science in 2018 from Yeshiva University at The Katz School. In New York City, Ali worked as a clinical extern in the school system as well as at New York Neurogenic Speech-Language Pathology, P.C. Ali has been working full-time as an SLP at The Stewart Center at The Westview School since 2018. She has received continuing education training in SOS Approach to Feeding ® and Social Thinking ®

 

Jacqueline Socop Casper, M.S. CCC-SLP

Mrs. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Speech Pathology from Baylor University in 2011. She completed her graduate externship placements in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital and stroke unit; treating patients with cognitive, feeding, and swallowing difficulties. In addition, her graduate externship practice also included a school setting, clinical setting and research in literacy milestones within the Bilingual population. She also has out of graduate experience in language and literacy, adult inpatient rehabilitation/stroke unit and Bilingual language delays. Her professional experiences have been in hospital and clinical settings based in Texas.

 

Her areas of interest include continuing to further knowledge in evidence-based, effective and efficient strategies to empower and equip families to develop and increase their child’s highest communication potential. Her specialized continuing education training includes: Social Thinking ®and Hanen® More Than Words® approach. In 2021, she received the ASHA continuing education award in recognition of more than 70 hours of coursework.

Speech Therapy Programs

All group speech therapy sessions are $85 per hour.

 

PICKY EATERS

Individual or group therapy for ages four & up offered by Ali Nevins, Speech-Language Pathologist and Abby Cook, Occupational Therapist.

 

Picky Eaters therapy is designed to diversify your child's diet. Our therapists use sensory-based feeding intervention based on the SOS Approach to Feeding.

ART THERAPY + EMOTIONAL REGULATION

Group therapy sessions that integrate creative ways to support emotional regulation in a group setting offered by Hillery Jones, Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Board-Certified Art Therapist, and Jackie Casper, Speech-Language Pathologist.

 

Therapy focused on identifying feelings, emotions, and socio-emotional learning concepts using the creative process and narrative storytelling. Review of the ways emotions impact our everyday life and the people in it.