Speech & Occupational Therapy

Speech Therapy

Not being able to speak is not the same as not having 
anything to say. -Rosemary Crossley

Our team of speech and language pathologists is led by Kristy Burns, MS, CCC-SLP. Kristy and her team provide exemplary, evidence based speech and language services to children of all abilities. They believe that functional communication is essential to leading the best possible life. They also believe that speech therapy should be fun and that children can have fun while learning new skills. Although we specialize in serving children with autism, our speech therapy team provides speech and language services to children, adolescents, and young adults with many different needs and diagnoses.

Speech & Language Services and Specialties:

  • Comprehensive speech and language evaluation and treatment
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) evaluation and treatment
  • Fee for service AAC evaluation and consultation to outside providers
  • Language-based social skills group, including those focusing on children that use AAC and speech generating devices
  • Workshops for parents, families and outside providers regarding speech and language delay or disorder, intervention techniques, AAC, iPad apps and more. Workshops can be customized based on educational needs and interests.
  • Specializing in treatment of individuals diagnosed with Autism and AAC strategies and equipment
  • Feeding and swallowing programs and therapies
  • Serving all populations, ages birth up to developmentally disabled adults, including those diagnosed with:
    • Speech and language delay
    • Language disorder
    • Articulation disorder
    • Motor speech disorder
    • Pragmatic language impairment/disorder
    • Multiple disabilities

    *Alternatives ABA has the capability to do AAC evaluations and welcomes clients in need of an expedited evaluation.

    Occupational Therapy

    The Alternatives ABA occupational therapy program is led by Stephanie Fitzgerald, MS, OTR/L.

    Occupational therapy is designed to help children and young adults acquire or regain the skills needed to perform the activities—or “occupations”—of daily life. These activities of daily living include tasks such as dressing, self-feeding, handwriting, and playing on the playground with peers. Each child’s treatment plan is individually tailored to focus on improving the building blocks needed to achieve success in their daily activities. These underlying “building block” skills include fine motor skills, gross motor coordination, bilateral integration, motor planning, sensory processing, body and spatial awareness, visual-perceptual skills, postural control and stability, and self-regulation. At Alternatives ABA we are passionate about collaborating with children and their families to help kids reach their personal goals and developmental milestones through a fun, play-based approach.

    Occupational Therapy Services and Specialties:

    • Comprehensive occupational therapy evaluation and treatment for children, adolescents and young adults
    • Feeding therapy to address sensory and oral-motor coordination and weakness deficits
    • Functional living skills groups
    • Treating children having the following conditions: autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, fine motor delay, ADHD, muscular dystrophy, stroke/CVA, upper extremity injuries and burns requiring scar management, sensory processing disorders, Down Syndrome, and other genetic/chromosomal disorders
    • Provision of home programs to promote carryover of skills learned in the clinic and facilitate success in the home and community environments
    • Caregiver training and education
    Location: 

    Our 10,000 sf indoor facility and 2,000 sf outdoor play area offers a host of toys and sensory equipment and large open areas to play in. We are easily accessible off of Route 3 in Norwell. Most convenient to clients traveling from Norwell, Hingham, Quincy, Scituate, Weymouth, Cohasset, Braintree, Boston, Plymouth, Duxbury, Kingston, Hanover, Pembroke, Rockland.

    Insurance 

    We accept most insurances, including Mass Health. Many of our clients also use Mass Health as a “secondary insurance” to cover costly co-payments.

    Alternatives ABA respects and values the opinions of other clinicians. We welcome clients of other ABA providers. We will work to coordinate care with any and all providers, with parent/guardian permission.

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