Speech-Language Therapy

Speech-Language therapy at BYS focuses on meeting the language needs of our clients by expanding the client’s repertoire of communication. These needs may be in the areas of speech production (articulation), understanding of language (receptive language), language output (expressive language) and social use of language (pragmatics).

Our speech-language pathologists specialize in treating individuals with autism and use their expertise to utilize a variety of research-based methods and materials to create individualized therapy programs unique to the individual’s needs.

Our Speech-Language Pathologists offer services to individuals or in small groups. It is our goal to build a variety of communication options that can be generalized into the natural settings of life.

Below is a list of some of the skills targeted and types of interventions offered by Speech-Language therapy at BY YOUR SIDE. This list is not inclusive.

  • Speech production

  • Oral motor therapy

  • Play based language therapy

  • Language concepts

  • Pre-academic skills

  • Interactive play skills

  • Social interactions

  • Communication Training

  • Phonemic Awareness

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Written Expression

  • Social language expression

  • Social language comprehension

“My son started speaking at age 7 ½ years after moving beyond a PECS book and Dynavox device. It is all thanks to BY YOUR SIDE.”
Jen Ivey

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy focuses on teaching functional skills to individuals so they can effectively participate in activities of their daily life (home, school, work, play). Services provided by Occupational therapists with expertise in the areas of sensory integration, technical execution of writing, self-regulation and autism-specific modifications of environments. Occupational therapy targets teach specific technical skills while also providing overall participation support for the individual by collaborating with the team, family and school when appropriate.

Below is a list of some of the skills targeted by Occupational Therapy.

This list is not inclusive.

  • Sensory diets

  • Fine Motor skills

  • Writing

  • Activities of daily living (e.g., tooth brushing, shoe tying)

  • Gross Motor Skills

  • Coordination

  • Core strengthening and posture

  • Upper extremity strengthening (e.g., arms)

  • Building physical leisure repertoire

  • Strengthening and coordination for leisure activities (e.g., sports, exercise)

  • Sensory Regulation

  • Developing self-regulation awareness and management skills

  • Learning and utilizing calming strategies