What is Speech Therapy?
Speech therapy is a specific type of therapy that treats disorders that affect the way a person uses their speech and/or language. For example, some children might have trouble producing speech sounds fluently. Other children might have trouble understanding and putting together various words to express themselves through their language. Speech therapy involves assessing and identifying speech and language challenges and treating those through multiple effective strategies.
Why is Speech Therapy important?
Communication is a vital component to daily life. It facilitates a child’s ability to communicate their wants and needs, interact with others, learn, and explore their environment. When a child has a delay in one of these areas, it may lead to behavioral, educational, or social difficulties. If your child has a speech or language delay, it's very important to start speech therapy early so that we can bridge the developmental gap and help your child get back on track in the least amount of time.
What makes Speech Therapy great at Cultivate?
At Cultivate, our Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) complete a comprehensive evaluation of speech, language, sensory and pragmatic skills. The SLP creates a customized treatment plan to support your child’s needs during individual therapy sessions. Our therapists collaborate with each child’s families, ABA therapists, rehabilitation therapists, and other educational and medical specialists. We strongly believe that your kid deserves the best treatment out there, and we put our best foot forward to make that happen. From day one, we'll be working on what matters most for you and your child and we will ensure that your child will receive a treatment plan that meshes well with the goals you have.
What does Speech Therapy look like?
Typically, a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) will work with your child either at your home or at our center. Sessions vary in length. The session for each child will look different since we provide individualized programs for each and every child based on their assessment. What does that mean? Some children might work more on practicing their articulation by repeating various words with the SLP. Other children might need to work on looking at pictures and learning how to recognize parts of that image. These are just a few examples of the MANY different activities our SLPs will put together for your child. The activities you and our therapists do together will be selected and conducted based largely on the needs of your child and the goals you communicate to the SLP.
Can my child get Speech and ABA therapy at the same time?
He/She sure can! When appropriate, our ABA therapists are ready to support your child while they receive therapy from other professionals. Our ABA therapists and speech therapists work closely together so that we can maximize your child's potential by using effective intervention strategies that meshes well with your child's programs.
How Do I Start?
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Meet The Team!
Katrina Balangue, M.S., CCC-SLP is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Brain, Behavior, & Cognitive Science at the University of Michigan and her Master of Science in Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas. Katrina’s clinical experience includes serving a range of developmental groups—from toddlers to teens—in the school, clinic, and home health settings. Katrina's speciality is in treating language disorders with a special interest in children with autism. In her free time, she enjoys playing sports, enjoying the outdoors, and attending Austin's numerous events and festivals throughout the year.
Cheri received a degree in Occupational Therapy at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She has lived in Austin since 2000 and has worked as a pediatric OT in both the school system and home health setting. Cheri loves working with children that have Autism the most because each one presents a unique challenge to improve their functional skills. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and two kids or home renovation projects.
Natalie is an Occupational Therapist who received her B.S. in Kinesiology-Exercise Science at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She obtained her Master's of Occupational Therapy degree at Texas Woman's University in Dallas, TX. Natalie has worked in a variety of pediatric settings to include outpatient, school-based, children's hospital, NICU, and home health. She has a passion for working with children and their families to help children reach their maximum potential. Natalie enjoys spending time traveling, gardening, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with her family and friends.