Our mission “to give families practical tools to improve their child’s communication skills every day” means we invest in training so your child benefits. These popular speech therapy techniques are proven ways to help children improve their communication skills so they grow their confidence.
- DIR/Floortime and Hanen Therapy – These philosophies emphasize that children learn best from the people they trust the most – their parents and family. I’ll help you learn simple techniques you can use daily with your child. Your child will learn new skills and have fun in the process.
- PROMPT training teaches cueing strategies to shape words and sounds. Learning happens in the context of play and other common activities. Learning to say words in familiar surroundings helps children pick up new words and remember them more easily.
These websites can give you even more specific information and links to research supporting the efficacy of each therapy technique.
Susan DeMilia has been an absolute gift in my son's speech development journey. She displayed amazing warmth, positive energy, and patience in every interaction with him. Any client and their family would be fortunate to work with Susan and can expect to see results. Words can't express my gratitude for her help in increasing my child's ability to be understood. Susan's confidence, skills, and knowledge brought comfort and affirmation that he was headed in the right direction. Her innovation, creativity, and strategic approach were remarkable. About my now very talkative 5 year old, many say to me, 'And you were worried he would not talk'. I was worried until I met Susan DeMilia. Many thanks!
Beth from Doylestown
PROMPT effectively helps a child develop and control speech and language skills. It provides touch and movement cues which help children learn verbal communication skills. PROMPT stands for "Prompts for Restructuring Oral Motor Phonetic Targets". Parents help carry out PROMPT goals during play and other activities with their children.
The DIR approach was developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, a child psychiatrist, researcher and author of many books on child development. DIR stands for Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-Based approach.
In other words, your child is an individual with his or her own interests, strengths and at certain developmental milestones. Plus, you have your unique relationship with your child.
All of this plays a role in your child’s communication abilities and desires.
The DIR approach focuses on ways to initiate communication with your child so it becomes natural and expressive.
Floortime is a component of the DIR technique. It refers to specific times when parents and children play together to promote the child's interaction, engagement and communication.
The Hanen Centre provides family-centered, early education resources to parents, teachers and therapists. Hanen training, such as "It Takes 2 to Talk" emphasizes family-centered intervention. Parents and other caregivers learn how to weave communication practice into a child's day. It looks and feels like play and family time, but it works like speech therapy.