Speech Therapy for Treating Autism
Our mission is to provide speech-impaired children with the crucial communication skills necessary to meet the demands of their educational, occupational, and social roles. Our speech therapy specializes in addressing behaviors and other issues that may interfere with a child’s learning process, thus helping maximize therapy benefits for your child.
Because of our in-depth experience with children with autism, we understand how to provide quality, effective speech therapy services and overcome the particular difficulties they encounter using encouragement, patience, and understanding.
TDLC Speech Therapy Program
Our Speech-Language Pathologists are certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the state of Texas and are specialized in a wide array of speech disorders and severities.
Continuous Training and Innovation
We encourage and support continuous training and education of our Speech-Language Pathologists and Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, allowing them to stay current on the latest treatments for your child. All speech therapy services are tailored to fit each client’s needs despite any cognitive or behavioral challenges.
Human Interaction and Technology
We help your child using iPads and a wide variety of language, communication, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) applications in many of our speech therapy sessions.
Does My Child Need Speech Therapy
The following are some speech-language milestones for early childhood, listed by age. While every child learns to speak at his or her own pace, general milestones can serve as a guide to normal speech and language development as well as help doctors and other health professionals determine when a child might need extra help.
- Make Gurgling sounds when playing or alone
- Babble repetitive syllables (i.e. "ba, ba, ba")
- Use voice to express pleasure / displeasure
- Move eyes in the direction of sounds
- Respond to changes in the tone of your voice
- Notice that some toys make sounds
- Pay attention to music
- Tries to imitate words
- Says a few words (i.e. mama, dada, uh-oh)
- Understands simple instructions
- Understands the word, "no."
- Turns and looks in the direction of sounds
- Point to an object or picture when it's named
- Recognizes names of familiar people
- Recognizes names of body parts and objects
- Follows simple directions accompanied by gestures
- Says as many as eight to ten words
- Asks for common foods by name
- Uses simple phrases (i.e. "more milk")
- Begins to use pronouns such as "mine"
- Asks one to two word questions (i.e. "go bye-bye?")
- Follows simple commands without the help of gestures
- Says more words every month
- Speaks 50 words and understands more
We Treat Common Language Disorders
- Apraxia of Speech
- Early Intervention of Speech / Language Delay
- Expressive / Receptive Language Disorders
- Fluency / Stuttering Disorders
- Auditory Processing Disorders
- Oral Motor Disorders
- Articulation Disorders
- Phonological Disorders
- Pragmatic Language and Social
- Language Skills
- Learning Disabilities
- Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC)
- Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
- Sign Language (ASL)
Getting Your Child in a Speech Therapy Program at TDLC
To set up an appointment to meet our team and tour the center, please call us at 713-993-7554. During the first appointment, a member of the administration team will give a tour of our facility and talk with you about different treatment options to find the one that will best suit your child's needs.
After the initial meeting, we will set up a second appointment to assess your child. The assessment lasts between an hour to an hour and a half long, and is performed by a member of our Programming Team. After the assessment is completed, the next step is to set up a schedule for your child to receive therapy. In general, it can take two to three weeks for us to get started, depending on insurance verification, scheduling availability, and the services to be provided.
*Please note that we cannot accept walk-ins; meetings are by appointment only.