The past 3 months of quarantine have posed a lot of unexpected challenges and really pushed us to act quickly, get creative and be flexible. Our team has worked hard and we are proud of that! But we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge and celebrate our amazing clients who have also risen to the occasion! Overall, our clients have embraced teletherapy and the kids have been incredible. We are impressed!
One of our SB Superstars is Leah. Leah is seen by Amy Bereiter. Leah’s mother had this to say about teletherapy:
“My daughter Leah, does teletherapy with Ms. Amy and has been excited for every single session. Ms. Amy is very responsive to Leah’s needs and treats her with the highest dignity and respect that is unparalleled by anyone we have ever worked with.
Leah is eager to see her therapist, chat and see what exciting games and lesson that she has for her, she even takes initiative in setting things up for her session.
I feel that this virtual experience has been exceptionally valuable for her development. I say that because she is extremely motivated to use her communication device and continues to stay engaged and focused throughout the session.
The prepared lessons are extremely well thought out, they build on her knowledge and skills and are interactive and captivating. My daughter has benefited from these sessions so much that sessions have been increased in duration and quantity of sessions a week. She is currently doing sessions twice a week for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
I have seen a significant improvements in Leah’s communication, language and speech production since starting teletherapy in March. She is enjoying communication and sharing more of her thoughts and ideas with ease.
Watching and learning from Ms. Amy has increased my own knowledge and confidence in the implementation of the communication device into our daily lives and in teaching Leah grammar. She has taught me to encourage communication with positivity and with fun.
I am encouraged by Leah’s progress and know the value of increasing her knowledge of language… it is an investment into Leah’s future. Together as a family, with Ms. Amy’s support and guidance, Leah will have a voice to create a life of choices, friendships and community.
Thank you Skill Builders for not only providing an extraordinary learning experience that she looks forward to but you provided this option in lightening speed ahead of other companies that we work with. “
When I asked Ms. Amy about her experience in working with Leah, she replied:
What a rockstar! This lively and fun girl has rocked teletherapy! Leah has increased frequency and duration of sessions since switching to tele-therapy and has made quick and steady progress with this service delivery model. Most importantly, we have had fun while doing so! We have done activities such as making smoothies with a peer and myself, doing ‘show and tell’ with home items, looking at and describing family photos (old and new!) via google slideshows, playing games, and all things in between. The key is finding activities that don’t feel like work, but allow us to make progress towards our goals! I find tremendous joy in working with Leah and her family. They are so invested in her progress and future, and celebrate all successes. They have jumped in 100% with implementation of her communication device at home and that has been the key to her success. It has been a team effort of planning ahead with her family, sending/locating materials they can have at the ready on their end, and consistent implementation of strategies/suggestions/activities across the week, not just therapy session days. In a few short months, Leah’s spontaneous use of her communication device to tell me her thoughts, opinions, and ideas has increased so much she now tells me to ‘wait’ (don’t interrupt) because she has more to say! She now asks me questions about myself, and is using far more grammatical structures than 2 months ago. Her length and complexity of language has dramatically increased. She has applied this to other tele-meetings she has with her various community groups and is now using her communication device to interact with peers, which she was not doing a few short months ago. While I am very proud of the communication and language progress we have made, I am most proud to be part of Leah’s journey to show the world her ideas and amazing personality; this is why I became a speech-language pathologist. “
Leah and Amy- the entire SB team is proud to celebrate your hard work. Keep it up!
Kid, you’ll move mountains! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way!” -Dr Seuss
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-Elizabeth Clark McKenzie, MS, CCC-SLP