What Makes Us Different
Thank you for visiting our website. Clear Speech Incorporated represents a new industry standard for pediatric speech and language intervention. We believe that eating and speaking are not medical events, they are acts of everyday living. Putting on a white coat and meeting in a sterile environment does not guarantee good service. We believe that speech and language develop best in a natural environment. Clear Speech Incorporated invites the whole family into the therapy process. Arriving for therapy is more like visiting at a friend’s house.
Children come from complex family systems. We try to honor what a child brings to the communication process and make changes that include the whole family. Because our facility looks like a neighborhood home, and the environment so closely resembles what a child is already familiar with, there is reduced anxiety regarding coming to speech. Children know how to act in a home, so we are able to get a clearer picture of how the child communicates more quickly and plan an intervention program that works. Clear Speech Incorporated practices under the trademark of natural environment. We are the only clinic in the Pacific Northwest with this privilege.
We practice ‘green therapy’.
One of the biggest barriers to improvement is transferring skill from the clinic to the home environment. Use of new skills in activities of daily living is the ultimate goal of all families who seek our services. We have found that environment helps set the stage for how a new skill is used.
For example, when you are in the kitchen department at the home store you tend to think along the lines of kitchens. You may daydream about the new stove you have been wanting, or how a particular convection oven will bake your brownie recipe. Perhaps a new recipe you have wanted to try pops into your mind. This is an example of how the environment guided your thinking. Is it rigid? Not by any means, we are all able to think about other things while we are walking down the kitchen appliance isle. However, it does provide a passive background that you naturally gravitate toward. Children are well aware that the most likely place to get a “poke” is at the doctor’s office. Some children are so sensitive to this memory of getting a shot that even the presence of white walls and long corridors sends them into a panic. As parents, we have all been there, coaxing a child through the process of calming down and acclimating to the environment, while waiting in the wings is an unknown that the child fears. At Clear Speech, Inc we have an environment that mirrors a familiar home environment. We aim to break down as many barriers to carryover and generalization as possible. We are the only clinic in the Pacific Northwest to practice under this trademarked technology.
In addition to easing anxiety, the home environment provides a “hands on” approach to using items of everyday living as therapy tools. Activities of daily living help give meaning to children thereby giving natural encouragement to further refine gross and fine motor development as well as communication. For example, gross motor improvement (picture of mini tramp in the yard with a kid jumping on it), sensory integration (picture of a kid doing heavy work), sequencing (picture of a kid baking cookies with mom) fine motor improvement (looking through buttons or an art project) breath support (blow pens or bubbles) bla bla bla bla
Having a busy schedule is a common problem with many families. Finding time to accomplish school homework and therapy homework can be challenging. When skill development is tied to a naturally occurring daily event, carryover happens more quickly. This might be in the form of oral motor exercises done as part of mealtime preparation, or during the tooth brushing routine. Being able to show parents how to improve speech while the child is actually eating, or brushing teeth in a real kitchen or bathroom helps solidify concepts that both parent and child need to know in order for generalization to occur.