Adolescent Communication

The Adolescent Communication Program is designed to treat the needs of pre-teen through young adult patients who are experiencing communication difficulties as a result of various etiologies and feel they would achieve greater stimulation and progress in an adult-like treatment setting. Each treatment session is tailored to meet the unique needs of the patient and family.

Service Overview

Each patient receives a comprehensive evaluation of their communication abilities, administered by a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Measures are used to assess expressive and receptive speech, language and cognitive skills. Based on the results of the assessment, a unique treatment plan will be created to address the patient's needs. The plan of treatment will focus on providing structured treatment tasks and a functional supplemental treatment program for stimulation of the patient's goals.

What causes communication difficulties?

Communication difficulties can result from developmental disorders, including:

  • language delays various syndromes
  • articulation deficits acquired neurological brain injury
  • autism spectrum disorders

These result in a decline of communication abilities, cognitive functioning and memory skills.

Insurance

Coverage from most major insurance companies is accepted, but coverage for treatment depends on individual insurance benefits. A physician's referral is required for participation in the Adolescent Communication Program.

Benefits

  • Individual and group treatment sessions provide routine stimulation of communicative skills for maximization of independent speech, language and cognitive abilities
  • This program educates the patient and family members on techniques and practical solutions to help optimize the patient's communicative skills
  • Patients and family members will receive written handouts, support and resources to increase education and understanding of deficits, as well as how to stimulate continued strengthening of functional communication and cognitive skills in their home, school, work and community environments