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Your child is bright and clever. They try hard at school, but something just isn’t clicking. Learning to read has been a real struggle. They are slipping further and further behind.
Your child’s school may have put him or her on an Individual Education Plan (IEP), which may help them get through the school day but doesn’t quite solve the problem. It might even just label your child with a “specific learning disability,” which may be confusing or frustrating.
You know your child can perform well in school, they just need a little more support.
Our innovative Oral and Written Language Therapy programs may be the key to unlocking the door to academic success.
We’ll work with your child to deliver a program designed specifically for them.
For example, we developed a “Reading is Language” program that is designed to build skills for reading decoding, reading comprehension, spelling and writing. The program is customized to account for each individual’s strengths and weaknesses in language use and processing that are the basic building blocks of academic learning.
An oral or written language disorder may occur on its own along with other things, such as:
Oral and written language disorders are typically diagnosed before other learning disabilities and often affect the child’s academic performance. If your child’s IEP says “specific learning disability,” just know that it’s a sort of catch-all for a variety of learning obstacles.
“The term ‘specific learning disability’ means a disorder in one or more of the psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, which may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations.”
(Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act [IDEA], 2004)
Once academic struggles with reading and writing arise, a learning disability label may be used, even though the underlying issue is a language disorder (Sun & Wallach, 2014).
We are on the cutting edge of speech and language therapy and have been for decades. Our founder, Jane Shook, is world-renowned for her innovative and highly effective approach to treatment.
Jane has cross-trained with other disciplines to derive strategies from traditional speech therapy as well as other disciplines. Her strategies include elements to create postural support, achieve improved calm, focused attention and generalization of communication with movement activities. She collaborates closely with like-minded practitioners in occupational therapy, functional neurology, kinesiology, psychology, biomedical treatment, holistic dentistry and developmental optometry.
At CTS Dallas, we adhere to Jane’s credo that a wise teacher makes learning fun. Our therapists are among the most competent, compassionate, and dedicated in the country.