Speech and Language Services of Marin-Sonoma programs include: Fast ForWord® (Scientific Learning Programs), The Listening Program®, and other Multi Modality Reading Programs, and On Cloud Nine® Math. We provide evaluation and therapy for conditions including: stuttering, childhood apraxia, and pediatric dysphagia.

Programs & Services

Fast ForWord®

Scientific Learning Corporations's Internet based auditory processing and reading program is offered in both our San Rafael and Petaluma offices, or can be provided in the home setting. This intense 5 days per week program focuses on facilitating improvement in the auditory processing rate, phonemic processing skill, auditory memory skills and auditory comprehension of grammatical structures including verbal directions of increasing length and complexity.

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Boy readingOther Multi-Modality Reading Programs

LiPS®, Visualizing/Verbalizing®, Seeing Stars®, and Great Leaps reading programs.



On Cloud Nine® Math

Stimulates the ability to image and verbalize the concepts underlying math processes. Concept and Numeral imagery are integrated with language and applied to math computation and problem solving. There is emphasis on both mathematical reasoning and mathematical computation. Individuals of all ages learn to do and enjoy math.

Multi-Lingual Therapists

Contact our offices for current availability of multi-lingual therapists.Boy with toys

Client Family Counseling

Parents, family and patient education and counseling are provided by our speech pathology staff as an integral part of the therapeutic process.

Community Education

We work with community agencies providing consultative service and in-service training. We consult with schools, hospitals and community agencies to provide comprehensive programs to better serve our clients. We welcome the opportunity to provide consultation and referrals, as well as educational training sessions for parent groups, medical practitioners, educators and businesses in regard to speech, language and learning disabilities.

Referral Services

We coordinate with agencies and resources throughout Marin and Sonoma counties in an effort to be familiar with personnel and services to facilitate effective and applicable referrals.

Childhood Apraxia

Our therapists are well versed in the state of the art evaluation and therapy techniques for apraxia. These include but are not limited to the Kaufman method and the use of specific "tools" to facilitate kinesthetic feedback. Frequent and intensive practice is emphasized to facilitate appropriate motor planning along with enhanced sensory input (auditory, visual, tactile and cognitive cues for speech production) and timely/appropriate feedback.

Pediatric Dysphagia

Pediatric dysphagia relates to swallowing difficulties in the 0-5 year olds. Primary etiology for pediatric dysphagia falls under one or more of the systems sub serving swallowing/feeding: neurological, gastrointestinal, cardio-respiratory and/or metabolic. Common historical factors in this population include but are not limited to: NICU stay, frequent hospitalizations, frequent ear/sinus infections, medications, failure to thrive, slow development (motor and/or sensory), and cognitive/learning delays.
Following the initial swallow/oral motor evaluation at our office, further medical referrals may be indicated, i.e. a modified barium swallow, further GI or neurology assessments, etc. Direct treatment always includes close contact/communication with the parent and consideration of their goals for their child's oral intake. Intervention may include positional changes, adapting the child's food to match the child's oral motor skills, modifying the sensory value of the food, as well as behavioral techniques.

Cochlear Implant

A cochlear implant is a small electronic device that is surgically placed behind the ear on the mastoid bone and Girl with Cochlear Implantinto the cochlea itself. It is designed to provide useful hearing and increased communication ability to individuals who are profoundly hearing impaired. Adults and children 12 months of age and older with profound sensor-neural hearing loss may be candidates.
Our therapists have worked with both children and adults in auditory rehabilitation following implantation. Therapy for adults follows a structured hierarchy of auditory skills from recognition of environmental sounds, pattern perception, segmental perception and speech discrimination in closed sets with gradual introduction of discrimination in open sets. Carryover activities, including ability to understand speech over the phone are introduced as appropriate. Therapy for young children with cochlear implants follows the same basic guidelines as those for adults, but with the addition of both language goals (vocabulary/concept development, appropriate grammatical structures) and articulation, as needed, depending on the individual child.

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