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Child Services

Peninsula Associates evaluates and treats children of all ages with a wide range of speech, communication and learning needs. Parental involvement is key for any child's program to be successful. Our clinicians communicate regularly with parents to ensure that their child is doing well in therapy and at home. Our goal is to help children become happier, more successful and more interactive at home, at school and with friends.

Speech/Articulation | Fluency (Stuttering) | Language | Study Skills | Hearing Impairment
Pragmatics | Voice | Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders | Infant and Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing

Speech Clarity/Articulation

We design programs to correct specific sounds as well as to improve overall speech intelligibility. Individualized articulation programs are developed to help with:

  • Persistent speech errors (e.g., lisp, /r/ /s/ /l/ errors)
  • Phonological disorders (sound simplification patterns)
  • Apraxia/Dyspraxia
  • Oral motor skills
  • Dysarthria
  • Tongue thrust

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Fluency (Stuttering)

We utilize a variety of approaches in treating both the child and adult stutterer to promote fluent/controlled speech and improve self-confidence. For younger children, clinicians often provide indirect modeling of fluency-shaping strategies as well as parent counseling. Peninsula Associates offers support and practice groups that provide a comfortable environment to practice techniques during role-playing, script reading or sharing everyday experiences. We encourage participation in motivation and local stuttering self-help support organizations.


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We provide language therapy to clients of all ages. Our goal is to increase an individual's understanding and use of language. Individual and group programs are available to work on:

  • Listening/following directions
  • Vocabulary/concept development
  • Cognitive skills (memory, sequencing)
  • Communication for daily living
  • Asking/answering questions
  • Understanding stories/conversation
  • Grammar/sentence structure
  • Relating experiences/everyday conversations

In addition to verbal language, we use any and all strategies to "jump start" language. Many clinicians are knowledgeable and trained in the use of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), schedule boards, communication books and augmentative-alternative communication devices. Some clinicians use American Sign Language or Signing Exact English. Bilingual/bicultural staff members provide all bilingual assessment and treatment.

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Study Skills

We offer programs that build and enhance academic skills to increase school success. Special summer programs are available to maintain and improve skills. Areas of specialty include

  • Attention focus and information processing
  • Reading and writing readiness
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Visualizing and verbalizing
  • Organization and study skills
  • Textbook skills
  • Written language

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Hearing Impairment

Peninsula Associates provides communication services for individuals with hearing impairment and deafness. Many of our clinicians have experience with:

  • Hearing aids and cochlear implants
  • Aural rehabilitation
  • Speech reading
  • Speech/voice training
  • Sign language
  • Total communication
  • Deaf culture

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We offer 1:1 pragmatic therapy that focuses on promoting social awareness to improve:

  • Speech clarity
  • Turn-taking
  • Listening skills
  • Interactive play
  • Perspective taking

New behaviors are taught through structured lessons, role-playing, and home assignments. Examples of lessons might include:

  • Starting and ending conversations
  • Staying on topic/switching topics
  • Expressing feelings
  • Asking for/accepting help
  • Interpreting body language
  • Starting and maintaining friendships

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We provide therapy activities to establish and maintain good vocal hygiene for:

  • Vocal nodules and other vocal lesions
  • Inappropriate loudness/rhythm/rate/pitch
  • Harsh/weak/breathy/nasal vocal quality

Examination by an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist may be required before voice therapy can proceed.

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Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD):

We provide services that can help correct disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth. These disorders can affect breastfeeding, facial growth, chewing, swallowing, speech, stability of orthodontic treatment, oral hygiene, facial esthetics, and more.

  • Chronic mouth breathing
  • Sleep disordered breathing
  • Tongue thrust swallow patterns
  • Sucking habits (thumb, fingers, pacifiers, etc.)
  • Dental problems related to OMD’s

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Infant and Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing:

At Peninsula Associates, our highly trained feeding therapists develop individualized programs to help children with a variety of feeding difficulties.

Therapy programs may target:

  • Eating safely
  • Improving oral motor and sensory skills that influence eating
  • Increasing the amount or type of food a child can eat
  • Decreasing dependence on tube feeding and/or supplements

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Serving the Peninsula Community Since 1978