Resources for Adults and Adolescents


Center for Therapeutic Strategies was founded by Jane Shook, M.S., CCC, SLP in March 2006 to provide families and individuals struggling with the many faces and problems of processing disorders with a treatment roadmap to guide them in their specific journeys.

Whether you or your teenager are just entering the maze of treatment options, or has been on the trek for some time, Center for Therapeutic Strategies is available to provide a plan of prioritized goals and treatment strategies to light your way to the next step and offer hope for a fulfilling, productive future.

There is no “magic bullet” to address sensory and language processing issues, so no single approach will correct every problem area. Consequently, these problems cannot be corrected overnight. After gathering the diagnostic and informational pieces, the Center for Therapeutic Strategies will develop an individualized approach to best serve each person, as well as the integrity of the family as a whole.

Treatment roadmaps are multi-step plans that address foundational areas of highest priority in order to create the most effective and efficient plan of action. Continuing supervision is available throughout the treatment journey in order to pursue the highest potential possible for those with processing issues.

Whether you have a recent diagnosis or are unsure of what to do at this time, CTS can give you some direction to create further growth using cutting edge treatment strategies.

Signs and Symptoms of possible auditory processing or communication challenges:

  • Difficulties with focus, attention, concentration
  • Problems with word recall or memory
  • Difficulty thinking or knowing the right thing to say in any social context
  • Having trouble saying what you really mean without using a lot of words
  • Taking an unusual amount of time to figure out what people are asking or telling you
  • Frequently have to ask for information to be repeated in order to understand what someone is saying
  • Misinterpret questions, requests, instructions or directions
  • Difficulty clapping to the beat of a song or singing a tune
  • Trouble staying focused when listening or reading
  • Getting sleepy or tired when you read
  • Compulsion to move or touch or fidget with any or all parts of your body
  • Uncoordinated body movement with a poor sense of rhythm or timing
  • Difficulty with organization or structure internally or externally, concerning the control your inward thoughts or outward environment
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Poor self-image or low self-confidence
  • Difficulty making and keeping friends
  • Low motivation and minimal interest or desire in career, friends or family
  • Withdrawn and avoid social interaction
  • Word retrieval difficulties, misnaming objects or can’t recall labels of familiar objects
  • Misusing words in conversation such as a “lisp” or mispronouncing [l] or [r]
  • Mumbling so others have difficult understanding the speaker
  • Academic performance lags behind intellectual capabilities
  • Chronic hoarse or nasal voice problems
  • Any break or abnormality in conversational speech
  • Tongue “thrust”, pushing tongue between teeth when speaking or swallowing
  • Trouble organizing thoughts, ideas, making plans, or problem solving

When to seek help? Who benefits?

  • Processing issues are now affecting 1 in 5 adolescents and adults with marked increases over the last 20 years
  • Attention Deficit with or without Hyperactivity, Dyslexia and other learning challenges, learning disabilities
  • Mood and Regulatory Disorders (OCD, Aggression, Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, etc.)
  • Annoyances to everyday environment and sights and sounds
  • Hearing and Language Processing problems
  • Developmental delays
  • Non-Verbal Learning Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Selective Mutism
  • Memory and word recall
  • Slow, confused or disorganized thinking

CTS offers traditional and cutting-edge therapy modalities

  • Listening Program of all types
  • Rhythm, timing and sequencing activities
  • Oral Motor, picky eating and swallowing
  • Feeding/Swallowing (Myofunctional) Therapy
  • CranioSacral Therapy
  • Social Skills strategies for successfully navigating the real world
  • Media Center (contains DVD’s, CD’s, books and newsletters on some from the nation’s leading practitioners and authors in the field of processing disorders)
  • Executive Function to enhance calm focused attention and better verbal communication
  • Improving reading processing to improve comprehension for more focused and organized communication
  • Written Language skills addressed as organized thinking and reasoning