Speech-Language Pathology

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Speech-Language Pathology at ADMI

Communication is a basic human right. Despite this, many children do not possess the speech and language skills that are required to meet their daily needs. At ADMI, our licensed and certified speech-language pathologists will work with you and your child to develop and implement strategies to maximize functional communication and help your child meet his or her potential.

We specialize in the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to improve language outcomes. We offer the following services:

  • AAC assessments
  • Direct speech/language therapy for AAC users (available only in Forty Fort)
  • Family training in device use
  • Individualized consultative services
  • Evaluations for other speech/language concerns, including language delay or impairment, childhood apraxia of speech, stuttering, voice and resonance disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, and social/pragmatic communication difficulties.

For more information about how to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 570-714-6420.


What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)?

AAC refers to any compensatory strategy that improves an individual’s ability to communicate with others in his or her environment when verbal speech is not sufficient. AAC ranges from unaided communication (e.g., signs, gestures) to low-tech systems (e.g., picture cards, paper communication boards) to high-tech computers and iPad-based systems.


Who is a candidate for AAC?

Any individual for whom speech and language skills are not sufficient to meet his or her daily communication needs. This difficulty may be the result of a diagnosed condition, such as autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, developmental delay, genetic or metabolic disorders, or apraxia of speech. If you and your child are feeling frustrated by difficulties with verbal communication, your child may be an appropriate candidate for AAC.


Will AAC discourage my child from speaking?

No. Research consistently shows that utilizing AAC does not discourage children from speaking; in fact, it may accelerate verbal speech acquisition. Furthermore, AAC tools and techniques may decrease frustration that occurs when a child has difficulty communicating effectively.


Individualized Consultative Services in AAC

Does your child, student, or client have difficulty using verbal speech to communicate effectively? ADMI offers hourly, half day, and full day consultations on-site or at our clinics in Lewisburg and Forty Fort, PA.

Services can be customized to meet your needs and include:

  • Comprehensive AAC assessment
  • Speech/language testing
  • Technical support
  • IEP development
  • Team training and professional inservices

For more information or to schedule an AAC consultation with one of our speech-language pathologists, please contact Barbara Haas-Givler, MEd, BCBA at bahaasgivler@geisinger.edu or 570-522-6287.


Locations

Serving central PA
Geisinger-Bucknell Center
120 Hamm Drive, 2nd Floor
Lewisburg, PA 17837

Phone: 570.522.9430
Fax: 570.522.9431
Email: ADMIinfo@geisinger.org

Serving northeastern PA
Geisinger Precision Health Center
190 Welles Street, Suite 128
Forty Fort, PA 18704

Phone: 570.714.6420
Fax: 570.714.6601
Email: ADMIinfo@geisinger.org

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