Various strategies are used to encourage the child to attend, listen, react, respond, comprehend and subsequently, verbally express himself/herself. After each session, the caregiver is armed with skills that can be practised at home. Each activity's purpose is explained to the caregiver.

Areas that are included in the ongoing progress evaluation of the child are:

  • Listening and Auditory Processing Skills
  • Language Comprehension
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Language Expression
  • Cognitive Processing Abilities
  • Social Interaction Skills and Emotional Development
  • Play and Friendship Skills
  • Behavioural Development
  • Parent-Child Relationship
  • Development of interest in literacy
  • Humour
Language Intervention

Language Intervention

The therapist follows the child’s leads at the initial stages to get the child’s attention. For children with features of autism or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), even fleeting moments of connection with the therapist present good starting opportunities. From there, the child's attention span is lengthened through activities that facilitate joint attention. Prior to any production of speech, language comprehension must be present. A child who repeats sounds, words and phrases may not necessarily understands the meaning behind such repetition.

Group Sessions

Group Sessions for Social and Classroom Interactions

Group sessions comprise of three to five children. The goals of group sessions are social awareness, turn taking skills, appropriate techniques on how to attract the attention of others, development of spoken conversational skills, non-verbal communication and the understanding of humour. Pre-academic and academic knowledge and skills will be introduced and harnessed. Appropriate classroom behaviours are developed in these sessions.

Auditory Verbal Therapy

Auditory Verbal Therapy

Auditory Verbal Therapy targets children with hearing issues. The aim is to develop the child's listening skills with the use of hearing aids, cochlear or ear implants and FM systems. During sessions, the child is encouraged to develop spoken language. Visual cues, gestures and sign language are not used. With joint attention to activities and games, the child develops a listening personality.

School Visits

School Visits

School visits can be conducted regularly to ensure that the child is integrating well in his/her academic and social environment. During the visits, observations of the child in a classroom and/or social settings are made followed by a discussion with school principals, teachers, allied educators, special needs officers, school staff and most importantly, the parents and caregivers of the child.

Home Visits

Home Visits

Home visits can be arranged to provide the parents and caregivers with suggestions on how to capitalize on home activities, using items around the house, to achieve language goals. Observations and suggestions on how the parents and caregivers can encourage language development in the home environment will be made.

Testimonials

" ...Over the past 6 months since we started seeing Lela, Hector has improved tremendously. He is now able to speak in sentences and communicate with us. He is also very interested in books. He has also shown great improvement in his understanding of what we say to him. In short, he has become smarter."
Debbie, mother of Hector

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" Lela is such a great therapist. Our sessions are always fun for Rifqi but more importantly, I always learn something during sessions and go home with new ideas and renewed motivation to keep working hard."
Sukesy, mother of Rifqi

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