Services

What Services are Provided by Laura Rubinoff and Associates?

•    Diagnosis and Treatment of Speech, Language, Reading, Writing, Voice, Fluency, Oral Motor and Myofunctional Disorders
•    Individual and Group Treatment
•    Professional and Family Consultations and Advocacy

Evaluations

We evaluate auditory processing and understanding of incoming language, semantic organization and retrieval, syntax, expressive language, social thinking and pragmatic language, orofacial-myofunctional skills, articulation of speech sounds, voice, fluency, reading, writing and spelling.

It is our mission to determine an individual’s specific speech and language strengths and challenges in order to create treatment plans and accommodations to maximize communication and academic competence.

Individualized Treatment Programs
We design our treatment programs to meet the individual needs of the client.
Clients may choose to work on one or more areas of speech, language and literacy instruction. Descriptions of our treatment programs follow.

Verbal Expression and Articulation of Speech Sounds (all ages)
Improve articulation of speech sounds, oral motor skills, speech intelligibility, semantic organization, vocabulary, word retrieval and syntax. Learn a variety of mental maps to organize language for social and academic purposes. Consider the purpose for speaking, the listener’s perspective and need for knowledge and the context. Expand vocabulary and syntax. Learn strategies to improve storage strength and word retrieval. Our goal is to improve confidence and competence by teaching new skills and strategies and by giving opportunities for repeated practice in structured and spontaneous contexts.
Auditory Processing, Comprehension and

Thinking Strategically and  Executive Functions (all ages)
Learn how to listen. The goal of this treatment program is to improve the child’s ability to receive meaning from what they hear. Each child will learn strategies for attending to verbally imparted messages, improving active working memory, organizing and storing information and generalizing the use of strategies to new contexts.
Each session provides the child an opportunity to work with computer technology designed to enhance auditory processing, sound/phonemic development and to gain meaning from factual information, directions and stories that increase in length and complexity.
Conscientious speech-language pathologists and learning disability specialists recognize that addressing executive function skills is necessary for effective treatment. We teach self-talk strategies and scaffold clients in the use of language as a self-guiding system to develop effective strategies and self monitoring behaviors. We address identifying what needs to be done, planning, organizing, determining the sequence of accomplishment, initiating tasks, maintaining attention, self evaluation, and using feedback in self corrective ways.

Written Language (all ages)
Our written language treatment program develops a comfort level in committing wonderful ideas to paper. Improve written language, keyboarding and word processing. Use multisensory assistive technology, computer software and “edutaining” web site resources to organize , create and edit written documents. Consider the impression you want to make on others through your written communication.

Treatment  focuses on the following:
•    Learning a variety of writing genres and the writing process
•    Considering the purpose and audience for writing
•    Developing ideas, organization, story voice, word choice, fluency, grammar and conventions of paragraph form, punctuation and spelling
•    Learning editing and revising skills
•    Creating written language using many technological tools: Inspiration Software, Co:Writer©, Write Out Loud©, Draft Builder©, Talking Dictionary,  Visual Thesaurus, Spellography©, Natural Reader©, CoBuild© Dictionaries, Editing tools

Reading (all ages)
Our reading treatment program offers students opportunities to improve individual skills and to learn strategies to succeed academically.We emphasize metacognitive tools that will give the client command over printed language and will change their perception of themselves as a reader.
Treatment plans draw from most current research in reading instruction, computer based technology and Laura Rubinoff designed methodologies. Our resources include : RAVE-O Reading Program, Phono-Graphix, Lindamood-Bell, Earobics, Wilson Reading System, Sound Reading Solutions, REWARDS, Reading for Meaning, Word Heads, Ultimate Speed Reader, Thinking Reader, Language! A Literacy Intervention Curriculum, Louisa Moats: Speech to Print Strategies, Wisnia-Kapp Reading Programs, Unique Reader, Into the Book, Mobipocket and many more.

Treatment  focuses on the following:
• Automaticity in word attack (letter/sound correspondence, phonological analysis, concepts of print)
• Reading fluency
• Increasing naming speed and word recognition
• Reading comprehension and reading to learn

SOCIAL SKILLOGRAPHY

SOCIAL SKILLOGRAPHY is the study of interacting with people. When we interact with people, we think about them. How we think about people affects how we behave, which in turn, affects how others respond to us, which in turn affects our own emotions. SOCIAL SKILLOGRAPHY teaches the cycle of communication.

In this program, Speech Pathologists and Actors introduce students to Improvisation to understand non- verbal communication. They guide students in Conversational Exchanges using Performing Arts and Video Modeling. They teach strategies for Social Thinking and Relating : interacting with your body, your brain and your words. (Michelle Garcia strategies will be incorporated)

We target the areas listed below and many more!
•    How our own social minds work
•    Non-verbal communication of ourselves and others
•    How behavior affects emotions
•    Reciprocal conversations across different social contexts
•    Maintaining conversations
•    Verbal problem solving
•    Recognizing different perspectives
•    Developing social relationships with rewarding outcomes
•    Developing intentions, motivation and an action plans for social discourse
•    Repairing communication breakdowns
•    Situational flexibility

OROFACIAL MYOFUNCTIONAL TREATMENT

Orofacial Myofunctional Treatment is a therapeutic program to establish the proper functioning of the tongue and facial muscles used at rest and for swallowing. Correct resting position of the tongue and correct swallowing depend upon the muscles and nerves of the tongue, cheeks and throat to work together in a harmonious pattern.

Orofacial Myofunctional Treatment is a sequenced program of painless, daily exercises designed to activate certain muscles to function properly, which in turn, encourages other muscles to follow suit until the tongue and facial muscles become properly and permanently coordinated at rest and for speaking and eating purposes.

ORAL HABIT ELIMINATION PROGRAM

The ORAL HABIT ELIMINATION PROGRAM aims to get rid of thumb and finger sucking, as well as those triggers associated with thumb sucking. (ex. blankets, hair twirling). The program establishes a working partnership between the therapist and the family in order to establish new routines, to implement strategies that are unique, creative and engaging, to set up daily communication systems between the therapist and the child and to develop a behavioral modification and reward system that is motivating for an individual child. The program includes a comprehensive initial evaluation and a parent- child- therapist consultation to establish goals, to develop innovative craft projects to mask the thumb or fingers at night, to teach alternative behaviors to keep a child busy at rest, to train in “tongue gymnastics” and to create special celebrations to mark new “rites of passage.” Parents are guided to coach their child through a thorough understanding of the oral facial structures and neuromuscular movements, of what to say to their child and how to say it, and of how to develop behavior modification system. The goal of the program is to move a child from an extrinsic reward system to intrinsic motivation to continue new ways of behaving. They will feel proud of themselves because they were part of the solution and were able to “kick the habit.”

Consultation
Our Speech-Language Pathologists and Learning Disability Specialists often collaborate and work in conjunction with school based teams in order to maximize generalization of skills across educational settings. We regularly consult with other professionals who are providing evaluation or treatment to our clients. We value communication and collaboration with families weekly.
Education, Training and Advocacy

We provide lectures, in-services and workshops on a wide range of Communicative Disorders and Literacy.

Our Speech-Language Pathologists and Learning Disability Specialists are available to attend educational planning meetings, team meetings, mediation and court proceedings.

Education, Training and Advocacy

We provide lectures, in-services and workshops on a wide range of Communicative Disorders and Literacy.

Our Speech-Language Pathologists and Learning Disability Specialists are available to attend educational planning meetings, team meetings, mediation and court proceedings.