Rhonda Shinn, a Speech Language Pathologist at Children’s Village works with families who have children with a diagnosed communication delay and uses an evidence-based program called It Takes Two to Talk (ITTT) to encourage communication. ITTT occurs in small, personalized group settings and teaches parents practical strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout their normal day. Children’s Village has been providing ITTT since 2011 and below Rhonda shares a moment about some milestones that occurred in a recent ITTT session:
“As you know, I love teaching the ITTT class because I feel like I can make a difference in a way that is difficult to achieve in individual (communication) therapy. During each session, I ask the parents to fill out a vocabulary list at the beginning and the end of the class. Today, five of the six children more than doubled his/her vocabulary over the 12-week session! One of them tripled his vocabulary!”
The Village provides over 30 different services to children with special health care needs and their families – and the right services are different for each family. There are medical specialty clinics, development evaluations, dental services, occupational and speech therapy, mental health counseling, education services, care resource coordinators and physical therapy. The list goes on. The professionals at Children’s Village are passionate, qualified and committed to local children with special needs.
“At Children’s Village we have the tremendous privilege of being tour guides or navigators to support families on their journey,” Diane Patterson, Vice-President Memorial Hospital said.
If you have a concern about your child’s development, talk to your primary care physician about a referral or start by taking this simple online developmental evaluation or call Children’s Village at (509) 574-3200 or (800)745-1077.