Our Mission is to help as many families as possible with individualized supports.

Speech & Language Therapy

What is Speech Therapy?

Speech Therapy is a treatment that helps individuals with autism increase communication skills.  Speech Therapy is overseen by a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) along with therapy sessions by a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant (SLPA).  The first step is to conduct a speech evaluation to determine the child's current skill levels regarding language and communication. Assessments are administered to measure the child’s speech and language skills. Assessments may include a formal standardized tests or an informal assessment of communication skills along with a comprehensive parent interview and developmental history. Observation of social interactions and play will also contribute to establishing goals. Based on the results of the assessment, goals will be selected, and implemented during individual speech therapy sessions. Sessions are typically scheduled every week for about one hour. Parent involvement in each session is encouraged as much of the session will include dialogue of specific therapy techniques and a suggested plan for at-home practice.


Who Receives Speech Therapy?

Speech Thearpy helps children of any age experiencing one or more of the following challenges:

  • Delays in receptive and expressive language
  • Apraxia/Oral motor planning deficits
  • Articulation errors
  • A need for augmentative/alternative communication
  • Theory of mind or social perception difficulties


The AZA Approach

AZA United believes in a family-centered approach to service where parents and professionals work together to develop effective plans to help their children.  Our SLPs and SLPAs are specifically trained to understand the unique characteristics of the autism diagnosis.  Speech therapists are skilled in using motivational strategies and deliver positive reinforcement to strengthen target skills.  AZA United believes in working within an interdisciplinary service model and encourages collaboration between providers.


Funding Options

The following options are available to pay for Speech & Language Therapy:

  • Private insurance
  • Out-of-pocket payment
  • Empowerment Scholarship Account funds

For more information on how to access funding for services, click here.


Getting Started

To request speech therapy for your child, start by completing this program interest survey - click here.

For more information, please contact us.

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