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An array of possibilities to meet an array of needs
GSTAR provides two tiers of support…
- We provide transdisciplinary support to individuals with developmental delays ranging from birth to three years of age through the California Early Start program
- We also provide a full range of private speech-language pathology services to individuals of ALL ages
Why “Adaptive Services?”
We understand and appreciate that all learners are unique and require individualized care and instruction. Therefore, our instruction of all learners is creatively adjusted or “ADAPTED” in order to enhance their learning, retention, generalization, and overall success. We recognize that the “usual and customary” educational and therapeutic support strategies do not always work for every individual. Therefore, we “ADAPT OUR APPROACH” in a manner which respects and honors each individual’s learning styles and preferences. You will not find “one size fits all” therapy here!
Goodman Speech Therapy & Adaptive Resources (GSTAR) provides private therapeutic services which address…
- Dysphagia treatment for individuals with feeding and/or swallowing disorders, including preterm infant feeding, cleft palate feeding, food aversion, and g-tube dependency
– Language disorder treatment, including developmental language disorders and those acquired following traumatic brain injury, cerebral vascular incidents (strokes), and disease processes
– Speech disorder treatment, including developmental speech disorders and those acquired following traumatic brain injury, cerebral vascular incidents, disease processes, and various structural anomalies
– Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) assistance, including sign language, picture exchange communication systems (PECS), adaptive electronic devices, etc.
– Vocal/laryngeal disorder treatment for individuals with laryngeal pathologies, including vocal nodules, polyps, vocal hyper-function, vocal hypo-function
– Vocal/laryngeal disorder treatment for laryngectomees utilizing TEP prostheses and other assistive devices
Early Start Services
Goodman Speech Therapy & Adaptive Resources (GSTAR) also provides educational and therapeutic support services to infants and toddlers with developmental delays, or who are determined to be “at risk” for developmental delays, and are eligible for the California Early Start program. To find out more about the California Early Start program and/or to make a referral, please visit http://www.dds.ca.gov/EarlyStart or www.tri-counties.org (select “Services & Supports” and then “Early Start Services”). You may also call 805-543-2833 or toll free at 800-456-4153.
Our philosophy is our driving force
The GSTAR team is composed of dynamic professionals, representing over 5 different professional disciplines, who work closely together using a transdisciplinary approach in helping infants and toddlers achieve their fullest developmental potential. Our model of intervention places a strong focus on facilitating the full involvement and active participation of parents, family, caregivers, and/or teachers during each and every intervention visit. We strive to put these key players in the driver’s seat of intervention and serve to facilitate the growth of their knowledge base about infant/toddler development and also facilitate improvement in their confidence at applying newly learned skills and strategies.
Research continues to bear out time and again that parents, family members, caregivers, and/or teachers who feel competent, knowledgeable, and confident in their ability to support an infant’s or toddler’s development achieve far greater gains than any educator or therapist could ever hope to achieve in one or two visits per week. Following this line of evidence-based practice, we employ the use of “routines-based intervention” (RBI) as a means for further facilitating meaningful learning opportunities for an infant or toddler.
You come to my home… and with NO TOYS?
We serve all infants and toddlers exclusively in “natural environments” AND use “natural objects” found within the infant or toddler’s home and/or daycare or preschool environment. It is critical that we creatively ADAPT the use of the toys, objects, and furniture already present with the home, daycare, or preschool environment as our primary means by which we facilitate instruction of infants/toddlers and their parents, family, caregivers, and/or teachers. The items found within the home, preschool, and daycare remain with the infant and toddler all day and every day, thereby providing countless opportunities to practice their new skills with those same items. If we remove those items after a session, we have greatly reduced the infant or toddler’s opportunity to practice. What is in YOUR home and in YOUR toy-box is far more important and meaningful to your child’s development than any “teacher toy or tool”. We will not bring a clinic with us in a “toy bag” using an old, outdated model of early intervention.
Please watch the following video to learn more about the differences between the outdated (a.k.a. “traditional”) model of early intervention versus the “routines-based intervention” model used by GSTAR team members…