What is group therapy?
Group therapy provides children and adults with an opportunity to apply treatment strategies, learn new skills, and develop and improve friendships in a nurturing and therapeutic environment. Enrollment in one of our groups is arranged after a comprehensive speech- language evaluation with one of our speech language pathologists. A thorough evaluation is completed to determine the specific needs and goals of each individual. If a group is recommended, the individual is carefully placed in a group that best suits his/her needs according to diagnosis, level of behavioral and social strengths and weaknesses, age, and gender.
Does SHA have group therapy programs for adults?
Currently, Speech and Hearing Associates holds group therapy programs for adults with Parkinson’s disease and other related neurological disorders as well as auditory training for individuals that need help managing their hearing difficulties.
For individuals with Parkinson’s The LOUD Crowd® helps to improve vocal volume, speech clarity, swallowing skills, and cognitive abilities. For individuals with hearing difficulties, auditory training group sessions include learning lipreading skills and teach how smart phone apps, alerting devices and technology can also help individuals with hearing difficulties navigate through the pandemic and beyond.
How will my child benefit from group therapy?
Group therapy allows our speech language pathologists to work with a child while observing how the child behaves socially with his/her peers. Through group discussions and activities, the children develop a greater awareness of how their speech and actions affect how they are perceived by their peers, and enjoy success through positive interactions and structured reinforcement. Such success promotes increased motivation and improved skills.
Can I use my insurance for group therapy sessions?
Each group runs once a week at a regularly scheduled time. Group members must commit to regular attendance. The fee for the group session is similar to what a shorter, individual session would cost. If insurance covers speech therapy, it will cover the therapy conducted during the group as well. For more information, or to discuss if your child would benefit from participating in one of our groups, please contact Kaitlyn Kelly at 1-732-750-4660 ext. 212.