Early Intervention

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What Is Early Intervention?

Early intervention applies to young children who are at risk of developing a handicapping condition that may affect their development. The best early intervention focuses on both the child, to enhance development, and the family, to provide instruction, assistance and support. Early intervention can be remedial or preventative. The most effective early intervention is prevention.

How Can We Help?

The specialists at Jodie K. Schuller & Associates are professional speech and language therapists, many with over 25 years of experience in communicative disorders. Licensed by the state of California as speech-language pathologists, our therapists have also completed advanced training in specific techniques to enhance oral and written communication. Therapists have been trained to help children with social challenges using Michele Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking Curriculum. To help those with delayed speech development, therapists have taken advanced training in the Talk Tools approach to oral motor therapy and the Cycles approach to phonology. Having attended the Childhood Apraxia (CASANA) Conference, therapists have been trained to use the Kaufman, Strand and Prompt methodologies, among others, to help those with apraxia of speech. Therapists have studied the various methodologies recommended to treat children on the autism spectrum including PECS and Floortime. They are equipped to help nonverbal children using American Sign Language (ASL) and Alternative and Augmentative (AAC) devices. To facilitate the development of reading and written language development, therapists have attended training programs from coast to coast including post-graduate courses offered by the Landmark School of Education, the Wilson Reading System (based on Orton Gillingham) and the complete range of programs developed by Lindamood Bell including LIPS, Visualizing and Verbalizing, On Cloud 9 Math and Seeing Stars. Therapists have also been certified by the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) to diagnose and treat breathing and swallowing problems related to unhealthy oral resting postures, sucking habits and tongue thrust.

“I have had an excellent relationship with Jodie Schuller for several years. She has been particularly successful in working with preschool children’s communication development.”

Richard Walls, M.D., Pediatrician

“When I first learned that my 3-year old son was “speech delayed,” I was mortified! Luckily, his pre-school teacher recommended that I contact Jodie K. Schuller & Associates. These Speech and Language professionals helped me and my child understand his specific language challenges. Then, they taught us new strategies to change and improve his verbal communication. Finally, they instilled the confidence in my son that he’ll need in order to communicate successfully and thrive socially. Clearly, early intervention made the difference of a lifetime for my child. You can count on Jodie K. Schuller & Associates to make a difference in your child too!”

Lila B. Katz, mother

“I have utilized Jodie Schuller’s expertise to assess children with speech and language delays over the years and have always found her to be a thoroughly professional and excellent diagnostician.”

Bernice Borok, M.Ed., CET, Educational Therapist

“My husband and I sought services for our 2-year old because she was in her own world, her communication and social skills were quite limited, she was not following directions, and she was unhappy in preschool. The warmth, radiance, communication skills, and positive energy had a profound and wonderful impact on our daughter — and us (parents). With her great intuitive sense, the therapist at Jodie K. Schuller & Associates immediately understood the root of the issues at hand and patiently began working with our daughter. In addition to positively influencing her happiness in school and increasing her social and communication skills, the therapist gave us the tools to help our daughter succeed in life.”


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