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Travel for In-Person Services

Families who are not local to Herndon, VA, and the DMV area looking for an intensive jump-start or boost in skills.

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What's Available

What to Expect During Your Visit

Come to GKTC for a two-day visit. You will work with one of our highly qualified S2C Practicioners who will introduce your loved one to Spelling to Communicate. We will also coach you and work with you on the letter boards so that you are able to go home and continue practicing. You will leave with goals and a follow up plan.

Individuals 1:1 session

Meet with one of our S2C Practitioners to learn about the method and get your loved one on the letter boards.

Coaching

Work with your new speller on the boards with live feedback from a registered S2C Practitioner

Set Goals

We will identify goals appropriate for your new speller and send you home with a plan to achieve them.

Follow Up

Let us be in touch! This is just the beginning of your journey. We will continue to support you.

FAQs

Spelling to Communicate teaches individuals with motor challenges the purposeful motor skills necessary to point to letters to spell as an alternative means of communication (AAC). The goal is to achieve synchrony between the brain and body. Skilled and rigorously trained communication partners teach purposeful motor skills using a hierarchy of verbal and gestural prompts. As motor skills improve through consistent practice, students progress from pointing to letters on letterboards to spell to typing on a keyboard. Accordingly, communication moves from concrete to abstract as motor skills progress.

S2C is appropriate for anyone age 5 or older who is nonspeaking, minimally speaking or unreliably speaking. Just as with traditional education, we adapt to the individual learning needs of a specific student. We know that all students can and want to learn.

For families traveling to Growing Kids Therapy Center from outside the greater metropolitan Washington, DC region: We offer a launch series of four appointments, scheduled as two appointments per day on each of two days. Over those two days, your speller will work with a practitioner on the letter boards, and you will receive in-person coaching to build your own skills as their Communication and Regulation Partner (CRP). All sessions are video recorded and will be saved in a secure digital folder, along with written transcripts of the sessions, which is accessible only to you and those you share it with. If you’re interested in beginning, please fill out our intake form so that we can contact you when an appointment becomes available.
 
For families who reside within the greater metropolitan Washington, DC region: We offer a new client appointment which lasts two hours. During that time, one of our practitioners will introduce your child to using the letter board and assess the unique needs of their sensory-motor processes to better determine how to support their journey to communication. We will answer your questions and develop a plan for ongoing services. This appointment is designed to be the first step leading to regular appointments with one of our practitioners. If you’re interested in beginning, please fill out our intake form so that we can contact you when an appointment becomes available.
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