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Children's Group Therapy Programs

Our certified, licensed speech-language pathologists provide specialized individual and group therapy services for children of all ages with speech, language and feeding disorders. Family involvement is an integral part of our treatment and parents/caregivers are a critical member of our team.

We want to partner with you to provide expert diagnostic services and to develop a positive therapeutic plan to optimize your child’s progress.

Articulation and Motor Speech | Feeding Disorders | Delayed Language                     
                   

Articulation and Motor Speech

Programs for children who have difficulty producing/articulating age appropriate sounds:

Motor Concepts for Articulation (MoCA)
Motor Concepts for Articulation (MoCA) is a small group articulation therapy program for preschool and early school-age children with moderate to severe articulation and phonological disorders. MoCA is designed to teach children complex ideas about movement and their articulators (parts of their mouths) in fun and simple ways. The teaching philosophy relies on helping the child understand more about the production of target sounds, shaping and encouraging use of new motor patterns, and strengthening the underlying musculature as needed. MoCA is an intense articulation therapy program conducted by a licensed speech-language pathologist with the support of graduate interns.

Children must have had a recent speech-language evaluation (within 6 months) or documenation from current therapy, which must be submitted prior to enrollment. To schedule an evaluation at the Callier Center, call our Dallas location at 214-905-3030 or our Richardson location at 972-883-3630.

    • Location: Callier Center Dallas
    • Summer session: June 2 - July 11, 2014
    • Ages: Preschool/Kindergarten
    • Days/Times: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. or Mondays from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    • Cost: $180/session + $75 activity fee (may be insurance eligible)
    • Contact: Kelly Wilson

Speech Stars I 
A comprehensive therapy program for preschool children combining individual and group therapy to facilitate correct production of speech sounds.  It is designed to help increase speech intelligibility for children who are very difficult to understand and may have difficulty producing many different sounds. It is facilitated by a certified, licensed speech-language pathologist with support from graduate student clinicians.

    • Location: Callier Center Richardson
    • Ages: 3-5 years
    • Days/times: Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    • Contact:  Karen Kaplan

Speech Stars II  
A comprehensive therapy program for preschool children combining individual and group therapy to facilitate correct production of speech sounds.  It is designed to help increase speech intelligibility for children who have just a few speech sounds in error. It is facilitated by a certified, licensed speech-language pathologist with support from graduate student clinicians.

    • Location: Callier Center Richardson
    • Ages: 3-5 years
    • Days/times: Mondays 12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    • Contact:  Karen Kaplan

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Feeding Disorders

Programs for children who have difficulty with oral-motor and sensory skills needed for eating/drinking

Food and Fun
Food and Fun is pediatric feeding therapy that addresses the oral motor, sensory, social, and play aspects of feeding in a group setting, as well as provides parents with education and support. Participation in Food and Fun is meant to complement individual outside therapy. The group is led by a licensed speech-language pathologist with support from student clinicians. It meets one morning a week for 1 ½ hours.

    • Location: Callier Center Richardson
    • Ages: 2-5 years
    • Days/times: Fridays from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    • Spring Session: January 31 - May 2, 2014 (no session 2/28 or 3/14)
    • Summer Session: May 30 - July 18, 2014 (no session July 4)
    • Cost: $180/session + $75 activity fee (may be insurance eligible)
    • Contact:  Rachel Wehner

STEPS (Supportive Treatment of Eating in PreschoolerS)
STEPS provides a small-group intervention program for preschoolers with moderate to severe motor-based feeding disorders and accompanying sensory-motor issues.

The program is designed to facilitate improved oral motor skills for feeding while providing hands-on training for parents. Strategies to support stability and function during feeding, as well as normal development of feeding skills, are taught. The group is led by a licensed speech-language pathologist with support from graduate student clinicians.

    • Location: Callier Center Dallas
    • Ages: 2-5 years
    • Days/times: Fridays from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    • Contact:  Jenny McGlothlin

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Delayed Language

Programs for children with difficulty understanding and producing verbal language.

PLDP (Preschool Language Development Program)
PLDP is a therapeutic program designed for children with language disorders. It is run by a speech-language pathologist and six to eight graduate student clinicians each semester, to maintain a ratio of two or three children for every one clinician. 

The program uses a classroom environment and developmentally appropriate activities within thematic units to address individual speech and language goals.  The goal of the program is to create a natural environment through which children can improve communication abilities with adults and same-age peers in order to prepare themselves to be successful in mainstream preschool or kindergarten classrooms.

    • Location: Callier Center Richardson
    • Ages: 3-5 years
    • Days/times: Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    • Insurance eligible program
    • Parent training options available
    • Fall (12 weeks), spring (12 weeks) and summer (6 weeks) semesters
    • Contact: Kim Moran

SmILE (Small-group Intervention for Language Emergence)
This group program is designed to facilitate language development in young children (ages 2 - 3 years). The curriculum is organized by content themes in preschool routines that are utilized to provide intensive language intervention and social skills development. The program is led by a certified, licensed speech-language pathologist with the support of graduate student clinicians.

    • Location: Callier Center Dallas
    • Ages: 2 - 3 years
    • Session: June 4 - July 16, 2014 (no program on Friday, July 4)
    • Days/Times: Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Cost: $180 per 60-minute session + $75 activity fee (may be insurance eligible), 15% discount may be available for pre-paid sessions
    • Contact: Kelly Wilson


    • Location: Callier Center Richardson
    • Ages: 2 - 3 years
    • Session: June 2 - July 9, 2014
    • Days/Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    • Cost: $180 per 60-minute session + $75 activity fee (may be insurance eligible), 15% discount may be available for pre-paid sessions
    • Contact: Amber Stehlik

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