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Associated Learning and Language Specialists, Inc.

 

Our trans-disciplinary team, including early infant educators, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, behavior therapists, certified Arrowsmith teachers and California credentialed teachers collaborate with the family to create an individualized intervention plan for your child.

Address: Redwood City, CA, 94065    
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Associated Learning & Language Specialists, Inc., a community resource for over 30 years, provides quality early intervention and school-aged services. Through exceptional evaluation, therapy, and educational services, we enable our students to overcome their unique challenges, and gain skills and confidence. Our trans-disciplinary team, including early infant educators, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, behavior therapists, certified Arrowsmith teachers and California credentialed teachers collaborate with the family to create an individualized intervention plan for your child.

We offer multi-disciplinary services including:

  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
  • Autism Related Methodologies
  • Arrowsmith Program at ALLS
  • Parent Education
  • Hanen Parent Training
  • School Placements
  • Arbor Bay School

Our approach accelerates your child’s learning rate and renders services far more effectively than a compartmentalized approach. A cornerstone of our philosophy is that an individual's developmental needs do not exist in isolation. Diagnosis and therapy must occur with an understanding of the entire spectrum of the individual's abilities, as well as his or her family, school or work environment.

The Arrowsmith Program®

The Arrowsmith Program® was authored by Barbara Arrowsmith Young of Toronto. Over the last 30 years, her cognitive remediation program has provided support for thousands of children with learning disabilities.

ALLS is the pioneer in California with this program, which has been used successfully since 1978. The Arrowsmith Program® comprises a suite of individualized cognitive exercises for students with learning disabilities, developed from extensive research in the fields of neuroscience and neuroplasticity. Each cognitive exercise has multiple levels of difficulty and is designed to address a specific area of cognitive functioning. The Arrowsmith Program® deals with root causes of the learning disability rather than managing the symptoms. Students become effective learners, which often increases confidence, as the positive brain changes are life-long. Follow-up studies have shown that the outcomes of students participating in the Arrowsmith Program®, after 30 years of completing the program, resulted in permanent changes to the brain without regression in learning abilities. We are proud to be offering The Arrowsmith Program®.

School Districts 

ALLS is uniquely able to provide and adapt educational solutions that make sense for your individual district or agency. As an organization, ALLS understands school districts, your financial constraints, and legal and educational obligations. At ALLS, staff regularly receive training on topics such as clinical vs. educationally related recommendations and IEP etiquette.

Occupational Therapy 

ALLS’s Occupational Therapy Department provides services for both pediatric and adult populations. We specialize in sensory processing, motor and perceptual development, attention and social skills, feeding, and fine motor development. Our approach is eclectic, drawing from best research-based methods and models for sensory integration, reflex integration, handwriting, integrated listening systems, and interactive metronomes. We offer fun, sensory based and developmentally appropriate Hand Jive Clubs to facilitate handwriting. We also offer feeding groups to address sensory and medically related challenges, staffed by an Occupational Therapist and a Speech and Language Pathologist.

Our services include screenings, evaluations, and treatment in our fully equipped sensory integration gyms. Both standardized tests and clinical observations are used in the evaluations, and personalized home programs and consultations with school staff are available. We assess and treat students with a variety of diagnosis and areas of need. These might include:

  • Fine and gross motor development (coordination, balance, praxis)
  • Sensory processing / modulation (attention, focus, filtering, balance)
  • Visual perceptual skills (visual processing)
  • Ocular motor (eye tracking for reading)
  • Hand-eye coordination (to support handwriting and sports)
  • Handwriting
  • Self help
  • Feeding challenges, sensory and medically related

Unique Occupational Therapy programs offered at ALLS:

  • Sensory Integration
  • Integrated Listening Systems (iLs)
  • Interactive Metronome (IM)
  • Hand Jive Handwriting Clubs
  • Feeding and Food Aversion Groups

Speech & Language

Speech Therapy focuses on receptive language, which is the ability to understand words spoken to you, and expressive language, which is the ability to use words to express yourself. It also addresses the mechanics of producing words, such as articulation, pitch, fluency, and volume. Adults may need speech therapy after a stroke or traumatic accident that changes their ability to use language; for children, it generally involves pursuing milestones that have been delayed. Some children only need help with language, others have difficulty with the mechanics of speech, and some need the therapy to address both areas.

At ALLS, we start the therapeutic process by assessing the individual’s strengths and needs. After the evaluation is completed, we will make our recommendations as to the frequency, duration, and type of therapy necessary. In addition, we will recommend the optimum environment to receive the therapy, including school, center, and home and community settings.

Comprehensive Assessments (Birth to Adults)

  • Individual & Group Speech & Language Therapy
  • Social/ Pragmatic Skills Development
  • Adult & Adolescent Cognitive Retraining
  • Accent Reduction
  • Parent Training
  • Augmentative Alternative Communication/Assistive Technology
  • Behavior Services & Applied Behavior Analysis 

What we believe… 

We believe all behavior is purposeful and/or serves a communicative or adaptive function. Research tells us that learners are more successful in acquiring, utilizing and retaining skills that are taught under motivational and reinforcing circumstances. It is our primary responsibility to establish positive relationships with our learners and their families. The groundwork we set for our students, as they learn how to learn, is one of the most vital components in successfully teaching appropriate behaviors and other functional skills. We strive to build a positive environment for our learners so that it can be as productive and effective as possible. The families we serve can be confident in knowing data driven decisions are utilized in the creation and implementation of their child’s intensive programming within the natural environment. We strive to… Ensure the most effective, individualized intervention program for each child and to provide the highest quality of teaching that we can possibly achieve.

What makes us unique?

We are part of a clinic based multi-disciplinary team (Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Behavior Therapists). This provides us with the opportunity to collaborate so that we are addressing the whole child, rather than just one specific need area. Applied Behavior Analysis Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science in which procedures derived from the principles of behavior are systematically applied to improve socially significant behavior to a meaningful degree. Research has documented that ABA is an effective method for teaching and increasing a wide variety of valuable skills and for reducing problem behavior for individuals with autism and related disorders.

ALLS is committed to providing quality ABA services to help improve the lives of children and their families. ABA's systematic method for assessment and intervention allows ALLS staff to identify “why” a child engages in maladaptive behaviors and to develop the most successful strategies to teach new skills. With the use of behavior plans and consultation/trainings, parents and other professionals are taught how to utilize ABA principles to ensure a child's success across all environments. At ALLS, we provide students with:

  • Discrete Trial Training (DTT)
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • Visual Strategies
  • Social Skills Training
  • Parent Education

ALLS Integrated 18 months to 3 years Infant Toddler Program

ALLS’s Infant/Toddler program has been serving young children with developmental delays for over 25 years. Children who benefit from our program have needs in the areas of speech and language development, self-help, play, social skills, motor development, and cognitive abilities. Each child is unique in their needs. What our children have in common is that they require specialized intervention to help them progress quickly; this is what ALLS is able to offer you and your child through our Infant Toddler Program.

Program Details: Classes are taught by a Master’s prepared Speech/Language Pathologist or Early Intervention Specialist. Classes are developmentally based and target language, social interaction/play, fine/gross motor, and self-help skills. Student/teacher ratio is based on needs of the class. We can provide up to 2:1 staffing, however, our primary goal is that children become more independent with their skills while among their peers with reduced adult facilitation and support.

Class size: 8-10 children for non-parent participation, 6-8 children for the parent participation class. Class structure is similar to preschool. There is play time, circle time, snack, fine/gross motor and language arts. Each child has their own individual group oriented goals.

Classroom Population: typically children are placed in our program for receptive and/or expressive language needs, but we address sensory, social, and motor needs as well.

A multi-modality approach: we utilize signs/gestures, picture icons, and verbal language to support our student’s ability to access the curriculum.

Occupational Therapy: Every week, the classroom occupational therapist directs sensory-motor activities. In this way, we can address sensory motor needs and determine if further support is needed in those areas.

Parent Training: Our early interventionist is available for parent training and offers mini-seminars on topics directly related to our students’ needs.

Behavior Therapy: Our behavior therapists consult to our classrooms and are available for parent consult.

Additional therapy services: ALLS is able to provide individual speech, occupational, and behavioral therapy services following a referral. The classroom teacher can facilitate any referral deemed necessary. If you think your child would benefit from enrollment in an early intervention class, please contact us at 650.631.9999.

We look forward to meeting you and your child.


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1060 Twin Dolphin Drive Suite 100, Redwood City, CA, 94065

Website: ALLS, Inc.  Associated Learning and Language Specialists, Inc.

 

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