Sweeney, Augustin and Associates takes great pride in the fact that current research in neuroplasticity and in the underlying issues related to speech and language disorders inform our therapy delivery models. As a result we offer both traditional and Block (30 hours of speech and language intervention over six weeks) interventions. The Block schedule was designed to address what is now known about neuroplasticity--that intensive intervention can have a more significant effect on the brain than intervention offered on a less intensive basis.
In addition, recent research has demonstrated a strong correlation between attention issues and language delays. We feel it is essential to address this issue both to prepare the children for their daily language therapy and to improve their attention skills over time. We have paired the 30 hours of speech and language therapy with 30 half-hour sessions of attention intervention and 30 half-hour sessions of individualized programming to support the progress being made in speech and language therapy.
We actively encourage the participation of parents, caregivers, and home therapy team members in the Blocks. Parents who are able, participate on a daily basis. Because it is important for everyone’s communication expectations to change and grow as the child changes and grows, this participation is key to the success of the Blocks. We also facilitate communication amongst the Block Therapy™ team, the child’s family and other providers, by sharing video clips of therapy sessions throughout the six weeks of the Block.
The results of an anonymous survey completed by parents of children who have finished a Block in our clinic unanimously supported the value of this service delivery model. Of those who responded (over 50% return rate) 87.5% agreed that Block Therapy™ was more effective than the traditional therapy delivery model and 100% of the parents who responded said they would recommend Block Therapy™ to other parents.
The 2011-2012 schedule for Blocks is the following:
October 31-December 13, 2011
January 9-February 17, 2012
February 27-April 6, 2012
April 16-May 25, 2012
June 18-July 27, 2012
To check Block availability, schedule an initial consultation or for further information, please contact:
Dr. Maureen Sweeney
847-583-9492 ext. 2