Speech/Language Therapy

Communication is powerful. Every student, at whatever level, has the ability to interact with others. We are committed to giving students a voice and helping them to be interactive communication partners. Using students’ individual abilities and interests, we help them develop skills that motivate and facilitate their participation in our education program.

As part of a collaborative interdisciplinary team, we evaluate and implement intervention plans and provide ongoing assessment across all areas of communication, such as receptive and expressive language, social communication, literacy, and AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication).

Our therapists conduct therapeutic feeding sessions and work with students and their families to develop a comprehensive oral-motor and feeding support plan, following the recommendations of our feeding specialist. All program staff receive individualized and extensive training in therapeutic feeding techniques.

We also provide ongoing assessment to inform adaptations and modifications to our students’ program as a result of any change in function related to their complex medical needs. Areas assessed include feeding, receptive and expressive language, AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) and respiration.

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"We see a huge difference in a year. At HMS you actually have a voice. Everything’s so much more at your fingertips—a device, an accessory."

Lance Riegler, Parent