At Developing Speech, I approach each individual with their own talents and one-of-a-kind needs. My goal is to help you or your child attain and strengthen their decoding and reading abilities. Feeding therapy is also provided. Virtual therapy provided only for both reading and feeding therapy.
Providing strategies to parents
Establishing communication with other therapists
Setting long term and short term goals
I believe that every person can achieve their personal best with my help and with the help of their community such as parents, teachers, and extended families' support.
ACHIEVE YOUR PERSONAL
My goal is to create a warm and open environment where you/children and parents are able to develop an open relationship with me. All families will receive individual attention to develop the right treatment plan. We will work together to help you/your children develop your personal best.
Detecting Reading issues
Children can become easily frustrated when they see that reading is a struggle. Kids start to make excuses about why they do not want to read. As a result parents may feel their kids are "putting up a fight or are lazy." Your child can benefit from phonics and comprehension therapy. If you feel like your child is presenting problems with decoding words then do not wait. Have your child assessed to determine if they need help with their reading skills.
Written language disorders, as with spoken language disorders, can involve any of the five language domains (i.e., phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics). Problems can occur in the awareness, comprehension, and production of language at the sound, syllable, word, sentence, and discourse levels, as indicated in the table below (Nelson, 2014b; Nelson, Plante, Helm-Estabrooks, & Hotz, 2015). See ASHA's resource, disorders of reading and writing.
Sound-, Syllable-, And Word-level Difficulties
Sentence- And Discourse-level Difficulties
Reading is the process by which an individual constructs meaning by transforming printed symbols in the form of letters or visual characters into recognizable words. Components of reading are outlined in the following definitions:
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON ASHA:
Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders
Feeding Issues impact your child and your family. When your child refuses to eat he/she may either a picky eater or a problem feeder.
Decreased range or variety of foods that will eat = 30 foods or more
Foods lost due to “burn out” because of a food jag are usually re-gained after a 2 week break
Able to tolerate new foods on plate and usually can touch or taste a new food (even if reluctantly)
Eats at least one food from most all food texture groups
Frequently eats a different set of foods than the rest of the family, but usually eats with the family
Will add new foods to repertoire in 15-25 steps on Steps to Eating Hierarchy
Sometimes reported by parent as a “picky eater” at well-child check-ups
Restricted range or variety of foods, usually less than 20 different foods
Foods lost due to food jags are NOT re-acquired
Cries and “falls apart” when presented with new foods
Refuses entire categories of food textures
Almost always eats different foods than the family
Adds new foods in more than 25 steps
Persistently reported by parent as a “picky eater” across multiple well-child check-ups
I use the SOS feeding approach developed by Dr. Kay Toomey, the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding program is an effective way to address problematic feeding behaviors in a variety of settings and populations. This approach focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food. The program allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way, beginning with the ability to tolerate the food in the room and in front of him/her; then moving on to touching, kissing, and eventually tasting and eating foods.
Glenda has been working with my 2 year old since early December. He has made great improvements in such a short time. Glenda is patient with him and is able to engage him in speech exercises. She is very knowledgeable and shows a genuine concern for him and his progress. She also keeps us updated after each session and gives us things to work on for that week. I highly recommend her services. Written 4/18
Joseph and Marta V.
Glenda has been working with our son for over a year now. We have seen vast improvement in our son's speech progression. Glenda is very dedicated to her profession and cares deeply about her student/clients. She possesses the qualities needed to be an excellent Speech and Language Pathologist, kind patient and student focused. She is a dedicated therapist and an asset to her field. It is our great pleasure to know Glenda and we give her our highest recommendation. Written 6/18
I don’t think I will ever find the right words to describe how grateful I am to Glenda for what she has done for my family. Over the last 18 months that she has worked with our son she showed such professionalism, along with having the patience of a saint. She has literally become a part of our family. She helped my son go from barely speaking ten words to now talking in complete sentences! She has worked on his oral sensory feeding issues through the SOS approach and has been able to help him increase the amount of foods he is able to tolerate. I, without any reservations, would recommend Glenda, as I am confident that she will be an invaluable addition in your child’s life. Written 7/18
My son has been in speech since he was 3 years old. He is now 5. While I have been happy with his progress in articulation the fact that he didn't receive speech at 2 years old made him even more delayed. He just started seeing Glenda, and I already have seen improvement in so many ways. He just started kindergarten and goes to school everyday and is still always happy to see Mrs. Glenda. In addition, besides the help with articulation she is really working on skills that he needs for kindergarten. She has given him an assessment that allows me to see where he is and what skills he needs. She is the only speech therapist that not only gives me strategies I could do with my son to improve his articulation but is also extremely focused on the kindergarten skills he needs. Our family is very appreciative and I would definitely recommend her. Written 9/18