Speech Therapy Works, LLC was founded in 2018 by speech language pathologist, Kim Schifano. The inspiration for a home-based speech therapy company was conceived from Kim's own struggles with trying to get her children to appointments. It was always a challenge to schedule a medical or dental appointment that did not interfere with school or sports schedules, or Kim's own work schedule. Too often, Kim found herself running late to these appointments because of traffic, or over-scheduling, or difficulty getting the kids together to leave the house on time. Kim also knew from her experience treating adult patients with cognitive impairments that there was often an even greater challenge for geriatric clients or clients with neurological impairments to get to outpatient therapy. Oftentimes, our elderly clients are not able to drive themselves to therapy appointments, and feel like a burden relying on others to transport them. Kim thought there should be a better way for everyone to have access to the therapy they needed. Hence, Speech Therapy Works, LLC was formed.
Kim realized that by taking the transportation dilemma out of the therapy experience, more children and adults could receive the speech therapy that they need. Treatment in the home environment allows for optimal functionality of therapy activities. The clients are comfortable at home, and the speech therapist is able to see the client in their natural, everyday interactions, which is a perfect way to target speech therapy goals. When therapy is provided in the home, it is also a great way to educate and train parents, siblings, children, and caregivers on the client's diagnosis, treatment plan, client progress, cueing strategies, and any recommended home exercise programs and compensatory strategies. The families of clients are the ones who are with the clients the majority of the time. It makes sense to include them in the therapy sessions in order for them to understand the client's goals, and to learn how to encourage carryover of the skills and techniques that are implemented during therapy sessions. This is what leads to clients meeting their goals, and reaching their maximum functional potential.
At Speech Therapy Works, LLC, we believe in conducting comprehensive and dynamic individualized evaluations, creating client-focused, functional goals, and implementing evidence-based (research-backed) treatment techniques to allow for optimal client outcomes. Treatment sessions are highly individualized, comprising of client-centered activities in the natural, functional home environment with ongoing support and education provided to clients and their families. Data is constantly analyzed to determine client progress and allow for adjustments with the treatment plan to facilitate maximum therapeutic benefit.
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