To be a part of your child’s therapy family by connecting the missing pieces in a meaningful way.
Our mission is to be a part of your child’s therapy family by connecting the missing pieces in a meaningful way. Based in Cincinnati, OH (Butler County) providing speech therapy and occupational therapy in your home. Based on your child’s initial assessment, we work one-on-one at a personalized pace to achieve milestones. By fostering and cultivating a connection with each child either at home or in an academic setting, it furthers our ability to grow your child’s speech, language, and fine motor skills in a life-changing way. Opportunities will be created to enhance and foster skills taught throughout their whole day, across multiple settings, to help advance learning and retention of new material.
It’s imperative for you to choose a professional who not only cares about your child, but also has exceptional speech language pathologist (SLP), and Occupational Therapist (OT) qualifications. This is what makes Speech Connection unique! We are abreast on current research, love continuing education, and utilize a variety of proven therapeutic and technological techniques. In addition to being licensed as either SLP or OT to practice in the state of Ohio, we require a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the national provider ASHA (American Speech Hearing Language Association) and National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (OTR). These licenses require yearly continuing education to maintain licensures. Other therapist qualifications include: additional licensure in working with persons with autism and severe and profound disabilities, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) evaluations/therapy, Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT), Floortime experience, and Verbal Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) training.
-Articulation, Apraxia, & Phonology (Speech Disorders)
-Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Autism and Jon Peterson Scholarship Provider
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(No insurance accepted)
Tanya Wescott, CCC-SLP/L
Diana Lee, MOT, OTR/L
Audrey Vandegriff, BCBA
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What are speech and language disorders?
Speech and language disorders in children can affect the way they talk, understand, analyze or process information. Four major areas in which these impairments occur include :
language impairments where the child has difficulty understanding what others say, verbally expressing needs, ideas, or information, and/or social skills. Language disorders include a child’s ability to hold meaningful conversations, understand others, problem solve, read and comprehend, and express thoughts through spoken or written words.
speech impairments where the child produces sounds incorrectly (e.g., lisp, difficulty articulating certain sounds, such as “l” or “r”);
speech impairments where a child’s flow of speech is disrupted by sounds, syllables, and words that are repeated, prolonged, or avoided and where there may be silent blocks or inappropriate inhalation, exhalation, or phonation patterns;
speech impairments where the child’s voice has an abnormal quality to its pitch, resonance, or loudness.
Is my child developing speech and language at a normal rate?
There are differences in the age at which each child understands or uses specific language skills. The following list outlines the general speech and language development. If your child is not doing 1 -2 of the skills in a particular age range, your child may have delayed hearing, speech, and language development. If your child is not doing 3 or more of the skills listed in a particular age range, please take action and contact Speech Connection to find out if an evaluation or consultation is necessary. Speech therapy services are provided in the Cincinnati and surrounding areas.
BIRTH– 3 MONTHS:
• Startles to loud sounds.
• Quiets or smiles when spoken to.
• Seems to recognize your voice and quiets if crying.
• Increases or decreases sucking behavior in response to sound.
• Makes pleasure sounds (cooing, gooing)
• Cries differently for different needs.
• Smiles when sees you.
4 – 6 MONTHS
• Moves eyes in direction of sounds.
• Responds to changes in tone of your voice.
• Notices toys that make sounds
• Pays attention to music.
• Babbling sounds more speech-like with many different sounds, including, p, b, and m.
• Vocalizes excitement and displeasure.
• Makes gurgling sounds when left alone and when playing with you.
7– 12 MONTHS
• Enjoys games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake.
• Turns and looks in direction of sounds.
• Listens when spoken to.
• Recognizes words for common items like “cup”, “shoe,” “juice.”
• Begins to responds to requests (“Come here,” “Want more?”).
• Babbling has both long and short groups of sounds such as “tataupup bibibibibi.”
• Uses speech or non-crying sounds to get and keep attention.
• Imitates different speech sounds.
• Has 1 or 2 words.
• Responds to their name
• Understands simple directions with gestures
• Uses a variety of sounds
• Plays social games like peek a boo
• Uses a variety of sounds and gestures to communicate
• Uses some simple words to communicate
• Plays with different toys
• Understands simple directions
• Understands several body parts
• Attempts to imitate words you say
• Uses at least 10 – 20 words
• Uses pretend play
• Uses at least 50 words
• Recognizes pictures in books and listens to simple stories
• Begins to combine two words
• Uses many different sounds at the beginning of words.
2 TO 3 YEARS
• Speech is understood by familiar listeners most of the time.
• Understands differences in meaning (go-stop, in-on, big-little, up-down)
• Follows two requests (“Get the book and put it on the table.”)
• Combines three or more words into sentences
• Understands simple questions
• Recognizes at least two colors
• Understands descriptive concepts
3 TO 4 YEARS
• Uses sentences with 4 or more words.
• Talks about activities at school or at friends’ homes.
• People outside family usually understand child’s speech.
• Identifies colors
• Compares objects
• Answers questions logically
• Tells how objects are used
4 TO 5 YEARS
• Answers simple questions about a story
• Voice sounds clear
• Tells stories that stay on topic.
• Communicates with other children and adults.
• Says most sounds correctly
• Can define some words
• Uses prepositions
• Answers why questions
• Understands more complex directions
*Compiled from www.asha.org, ASHA How Does Your Child Hear and Talk?
Why should I choose Speech Connection?
I started Speech Connection based on frustration in seeing poor quality SLP and OT services. I strive to provide the highest quality therapeutic services and felt this could only be achieved by starting this company. When working with Speech Connection for SLP (speech therapy by a Speech Language Pathologist, SLP) and OT (occupational therapy by an Occupational Therapist, OT) you will have individualized services, quality resources, and my high standards for achieving goals. Speech and occupational therapy is provided in your home in the Cincinnati and surrounding areas. We become connected, as a family! ~Tanya Wescott, M.A., CCC-SLP/L, Owner
Where are SLP and OT services provided?
Speech and language therapy and Occupational therapy services are held in 50 minute sessions. These sessions are at minimal once or twice a week as decided together by the parent/guardian and team members. After the 50 minute session we encourage a few minutes spent with the parent to give carry over and generalization ideas to use and implement throughout the week. Services will be held at the child’s school, home, or a facility agreed upon by both parties. Speech therapy and occupational therapy sessions are provided Cincinnati and surrounding areas.
Can SLP and/or OT services be provided at my child's school or daycare?
Yes! We are available to contract for providing SLP and/or OT services at your daycare, private, or charter schools. Please contact us for more information. Email: SpeechConnectionLLC@gmail.com or call 513-444-0770
In addition, if your child is receiving a scholarship and attends a school which a SLP is not providing services, or you wish to opt out of their SLP that is your right when opting to use the scholarship .
What are the Autism or Jon Peterson Scholarships?
Ohio created an opportunity for choosing how to help educate your child. These scholarships were created to give children who are in the process of receiving or already have an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) a choice. If you remove your child from public schools, you can apply to receive funds to be allocated toward giving your child the therapies your child needs. These funds are available at no cost to you. It is your right to use your scholarship funds and allocate those funds as you see fit to educate your child.
To qualify for the Autism Scholarship, your child will have (or be in the process of receiving) an eligibility determination from your districted public school IEP as “Autism”. For more information about the Autism Scholarship check: Autism Scholarship Parent Info.
To qualify for the Jon Peterson Scholarship your child will have (or be in the process of receiving) an eligibility determination as “Speech Language Only, Specific Learning Disability, Intellectual Disability, Other Health Impaired, Hearing or Vision Impaired, Emotional Disturbance, Orthopedic Impairment, Multi-Handicapped, or Traumatic Brain Injury” For more information about the Jon Peterson Scholarship check: Jon Peterson Scholarship Parent Info
We welcome students with the Autism & Jon Peterson scholarship and can work with you on becoming your child's SLP and/or OT. Choosing the right SLP and/or OT who is not only highly qualified, but experienced makes a huge difference in your child's communication levels! Contact us today about home based speech therapy in Cincinnati and the surrounding areas and how to get started. Email: SpeechConnectionLLC@gmail.com or call: 513-444-0770
Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 12-3pm hosted by ALL in for Autism at 587 Branch Hill Loveland Rd, Loveland, OH 45140-6802, Here’s their description from the facebook post about the event… “We are having an Easter Egg hunt that is geared towards those with sensory issues. Often, the crowds of people and loud music that Read more about Sensory Friendly Easter Egg Hunt – April 15, 2017[…]
Speech Connection is looking to expand our team! We need quality SLP’s to help provide quality in home therapy! Speech Language Pathologist – SLP (PART TIME 1-4 hours a week) : Speech Connection LLC seeks a dynamic, enthusiastic and experienced Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) to contract with and provide in home SLP services starting in August. Read more about Are you a great SLP? Join Our Team![…]
Speech Connection will be at the 11th annual Autism & All Special Needs Expo on April 1, 2017 from 10-4pm. It’s at the Sharonville Convention Center and is free to all families! We’re proud to be a sponsor of the Family Fun Zone!!! Come say hi! Visit the website for more details: http://www.autismexpo.com/
Speech Connection happily helped our client share their unique story of a mom who is visually impaired communicate with her son who has autism and is non-verbal. they use the app Tippy Talk http://www.tippy-talk.com/ to bridge the communication starting to grow int their family! View the interview with our client here! Speech Connection provides in your home speech therapy Read more about Speech Connection was Live on Fox News 19![…]
Tune into Fox News 19 – Friday 3/24/17 @7:45am to see one of our clients share their unique story! We’ll try to obtain a clip and share that after! Speech Connection provides in home speech and occupational therapy in your Cincinnati area home! We’re filling up for fall, call or email today to schedule services Read more about Watch Fox News 19 – Friday 3/24/17 @7:45am[…]
Thinking about speech or OT for fall 2017? We provide in your Cincinnati home speech therapy and occupational therapy! Spots are starting to fill up for starting in the fall! Call 513-444-0770, or email SpeechConnectionLLC@gmail.com for more information. We are a Jon Peterson and Autism scholarship provider. Unfortunately we do not accept insurance, private pay Read more about Sign up today for fall Speech and OT Services![…]
Have you seen the viral video about a father who created a communication app for his daughter who is non -verbal with autism? The father, Rob, invented Tippy Talk for his daughter, Sadie. http://www.tippy-talk.com/ It is a simple format which allows a user to send a text message to one’s phone. We have been using the app Read more about Featured AAC App – Tippy Talk[…]
Like a good laugh? I had the pleasure of hearing Zack Anner speak as the keynote speaker at OCALICON 2016, He is hilarious!!!! Here are his comments about having Cerebral Palsy and what it is…. Cerebral Palsy Video from Zack Anner . Follow him on fb too https://www.facebook.com/zachannerfanpage/ Speech Connection provides in home speech therapy. We Read more about Video Tips (comical) About Cerebral Palsy from Zack Anner[…]
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Thank you to the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati for hosting Tanya Wescott, SLP to speak about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) this past Monday!! It was a pleaser to speak to a large group of parents and teach the large variability with AAC devices and apps. We continue to strive to provide quality Read more about Thank You Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati![…]