Inspire Speech Therapy™ at The Floortime Center®

Now in Northern Virginia and Bethesda

Our Speech and Language Pathologists are some of the most sought after in the area.  They consult with local schools and organizations because they do more than just teach language and articulation.

Traditional speech-language therapy is based on a behavioral model and typically requires children to learn through structured, adult-directed activities.  These activities often occur while sitting at a table or in a small room while not addressing a child’s sensory/physical needs. Children who participate in this style of therapy do make gains, but they often have difficulty using those skills spontaneously (without prompts or reminders) in their everyday lives since they did not learn them in a functional, emotionally relevant context.

For example, a child who has difficulty being flexible when he loses a game may be able to tell you that he should say “Oh well, maybe next time.” or “Good game!” after a loss because this is what he has been taught by an adult.  However, that does not mean that he believes and fully understands the words he is using. However, the next time he loses he is still likely to become upset and forget everything he has memorized. This is because he has not learned how to regulate his emotions or to tie his emotional responses to the desired language and behavior. He is not able to recall the words he had memorized in such an emotionally-charged moment because of this disconnect.

Children with speech delays not only have difficulty producing words but more importantly, understanding how to communicate.  Communication is one of the main difficulties for children with autism and other developmental challenges, and learning to communicate should be the focus of their program instead of simply producing words.

Why Floortime-Based Speech-Language Therapy?

At The Floortime Center, speech-language therapy helps clients develop communication skills by building positive relationships and facilitating learning through activities that the client finds relevant and engaging. In this way, we foster the motivation to learn as well as the opportunity to practice new skills in the same way they might be used outside of the clinic.
When children practice communication skills in an emotionally relevant context, they are more likely to recall and use these skills than if they had simply relied on memorization. The result is socially engaged, functional, spontaneous communicators who are able to express their wants, needs, and opinions as they relate to the world around them.

-Learn to Communicate
-Master Social and Emotional Awareness

-Strengthen Understanding of Language 

 Children also experience improvements in,

  • social connectedness
  • communicating wants and needs
  • initiating and maintaining social conversations
  • sequencing tasks and follow multi-step directions
  • verbal reasoning, problem-solving, and negotiating
  • expressive and receptive vocabulary
  • sentence structure and length
  • understanding and use of concepts (e.g. spatial, temporal)
  • speech clarity and intelligibility
  • verbal fluency