We are ELATED to announce that Speech By The Beach Consulting LLC has been named a Gardiner Scholarship Provider! This is a resource available to eligible Florida students ages 3-22 that would like to receive services through our company, but find that paying privately may be too costly. Please call us at 239-631-1988 if you should have any questions.
How much is the scholarship?
The average full scholarship in Collier County is just over $10,000! If your application is completed before September 1st, then you are eligible for 100% of the scholarship amount.
Is my child Eligible???
This scholarship is for Florida students 3 years old through 12th grade or age 22, whichever comes first, with one of the following disabilities: Autism spectrum disorder, Muscular dystrophy, Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Phelan McDermid syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Spina bifida, Williams syndrome, Intellectual disability (severe cognitive impairment), rare diseases as defined by the National Organization for Rare Disorders, anaphylaxis, deaf, visually impaired, dual sensory impaired, traumatic brain injured, hospital or homebound as defined by the rules of the State Board of Education and evidenced by reports from local school districts, OR three, four or five year-olds who are deemed high-risk due to developmental delays.
· Validation of the student’s diagnosis is required and must come from a Florida physician or psychologist or a physician who holds an active license issued by another state or territory of the United States, OR by an IEP written in accordance with the rules of the State Board of Education or with the rules of another state.
· The student cannot be enrolled in a public school.
"If my possessions would be taken from me with one exception I would choose to keep the power of communication, for by it, I would soon regain all the rest."
As a speech-language pathologist, I absolutely love this quote! It truly illustrates the critical nature of our ability to communicate. Many of us do not comprehend the value of our communicative abilities until they are compromised, or even lost completely.
At Speech By The Beach Consulting LLC in Naples, Florida, we strive to provide clients access to their highest level of communicative abilities. Whether this is related to speech, voice, word-finding or even public speaking, it is our mission to enhance and restore your communication. With the power of effective communication, anything is possible.
Did you know that children's books have a third more rare vocabulary words than an adult television show, and twice as many vocabulary words than are found in college students' conversations??
This further emphasizes the importance of reading to children!
Please call Speech By The Beach Consulting LLC at 239.631.1988 for speech therapy in Naples, Florida.
Did you know that Christina Freise, our speech language pathologist was named as one of the Top Speech Language Pathologists Impacting the Field in the United States
For the highest quality speech therapy services in the Naples, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs area, please call Speech By The Beach Consulting LLC at 239-631-1988.
The Importance of a Diverse Vocabulary
Which would you rather eat: a "good" burger, or a "juicy, delectable" burger
Are you in sales? Employed in field requiring you to ad-lib frequently to a multitude of people, such as real estate, politics, media? Effective speaking skills and a robust vocabulary not only build self-confidence, but are key in separating from the pack to reach higher employment goals. At Speech By The Beach Consulting LLC, we provide thorough assessment and management of your speaking abilities to improve your communication in the workplace to truly shine.
Speech Therapy in Naples, Florida
The key reason: variability!
Sometimes a blueberry is perfectly blue, cold, and round; sometimes it is not. Sometimes an avocado is green, room temperature and mushy; sometimes it is not. As adults, we are aware of this inconsistency in produce, and our level of cognition enables us to recognize this. However, to many children this variability is troublesome. A blueberry at school may be different from a blueberry at home!
Hence, foods like Goldfish, Wheat Thins, or Doritos often become preferred foods since their presentation is typically very consistent.
If you are concerned about your child's eating habits, please call Speech By The Beach Consulting LLC at 239-631-1988.
September 18th, 2020
What is SOS feeding therapy? SOS is an evidenced-based and effective method to address problematic feeding behaviors, and to expand the number of foods a "picky eater" consumes. We will be one of the few speech-language pathology centers in the region to offer this program.
Who would benefit from this program?
⏺ A child with reduced or limited food intake: Child is described as an "extremely picky eater" or currently eats less than 20 different foods
⏺Child has eliminated all foods from one or more food groups (i.e. does not eat any vegetables)
⏺Child will only eat specific brands of food or has other rigid meal time behaviors such as only eating with a specific spoon, or only eating foods that are yellow
⏺Food selectivity by type, temperature, appearance and/or texture
⏺Food refusal resulting in poor weight gain
⏺Food or swallowing phobias
Please call the office at 239-631-1988 to schedule an appointment.
Speech By The Beach Consulting LLC is a comprehensive speech therapy practice for pediatrics and adults in Naples, Florida.
A quarter of young children in the United States are never read to. While this is an unsettling statistic, we can increase awareness of the importance of raising children in a literacy-rich environment.
▶️ Before reading with your child, try to reduce environmental distractions. Turn off the TV, silence your phone, and sit in an area that is generally quiet.
➡️ Offer your child a choice of 2 books to read. Hold both books up, and allow your child to point to/take the book he/she wants.
➡️ If it is a familiar story, pause at the end of the predictable sentence, allowing the child to fill-in the blank. For example, in Martin/Carle’s “Brown Bear” you might say, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you _______?” (See)
➡️ Model a positive attitude about books. Keep books not only in a dedicated play area, but throughout the home. It does not have to be expensive; make stops at the library. Give books as birthday gifts, talk about books during meals/car rides- indicating they are just as compelling a subject of conversation as the day’s events.
Speech By The Beach Consulting LLC provides speech therapy in Naples, Florida.
Preparing for ‘back to school’ means much more than simply stocking up on colored pencils and spiral-bound notebooks. It is often a time of new beginnings, new experiences, and for some parents, when they first realize something may be “wrong” with their child’s speech, language, reading or feeding abilities.
The first step is quite simple: go to the pediatrician. A child’s primary care doctor can conduct a basic screening of a child’s development and address parental concerns, while most likely easing worries with professional guidance. A pediatrician may next refer the child to a pediatric otolaryngologist and/or audiologist. The ENT and the audiologist can utilize their expertise to determine if the issues involved with speech and language could be related to a hearing problem.
Subsequently, a referral may be made to a speech-language pathologist for a comprehensive evaluation. There are myriad reasons why an evaluation conducted by a speech-language pathologist would be suggested, ranging from speech sound disorders to picky eating habits! A parent interview is first conducted to ascertain medical history, developmental milestones, and communication or swallowing concerns. Parental involvement is critical for a successful evaluation.
Depending upon the concern, the speech-language pathologist will analyze a child’s understanding and expressive use of various words, correct use of words in grammatically-appropriate sentences, pronunciation of age-appropriate speech sounds, voice quality, movement of structures utilized for speech production, and fluency of speech. Depending upon the age of the child, reading and written expression skills would be assessed as well. Formal, standardized evaluations are utilized in conjunction with informal methods. If feeding or picky eating is a concern, the speech-language pathologist would conduct a comprehensive swallow/feeding evaluation.
Findings are discussed at length with parent/guardian, and a thorough written report is furnished. The report will indicate recommendations for future action which may include participation in speech therapy, referral to another professional, and/or re-evaluation at a later date. While it may be more involved than picking up pencils or a notebook, this evaluation lays the foundation for your child’s back to school communicative experiences and overall success.
Please call our office at 239-631-1988 for more information regarding a comprehensive evaluation and/or speech therapy.
Do you know a Picky Eater?
A picky eater differs from a problem feeder. A child with choking during mealtime, diagnosed with failure to thrive, and/or significant medical conditions is not a picky eater. A picky eater typically does not have significant developmental or medial issues. Generally, your child should consume between 15-20 different foods by age 3. Diversity of foods is critical as well; you want to ensure the child has at least 3 different foods in each food group (breads/grains, fruits, vegetables, meats) and are not specific to brand or color. At Speech By The Beach Consulting LLC in Naples, Florida, we provide comprehensive evaluation and evidence-based treatment for picky eaters (and problem feeders, too).
More to come regarding speech therapy for children and adults at a premier private practice in Naples!
Christina Freise Pollitt is a Speech-Language Pathologist in Naples, Florida. She evaluates and treats pediatric and adult clients in her private practice, Speech By The Beach Consulting LLC.