Q: Who runs the groups?
A: Leading groups in our Westfield location will be Melissa Silva, MS, CCC-SLP and in our Metuchen location Meaghan Sica, MS, CCC-SLP. Additionally, both locations will have speech-language pathology graduate students assisting the SLPs.
Q: What does the curriculum look like?
A: The curriculum was created by Speech and Hearing Associates using a variety of programs that focus on social language skills and pragmatics. The topics of focus include teamwork, making and keeping friends, conflict resolution, recognizing and expressing feelings, taking responsibility, making decisions, and building self-esteem. Not all groups will focus on the same topics. For each session parents will vote between two topics that their child’s group will focus on in that session. The SLP will take the topic that receives the majority vote and use that as the topic for the day. The topic not chosen will be “tossed out”, meaning the topic that is not chosen for that day will not be an option again on another day.
Q: What are the outings like?
A: Outings will take place every Tuesday and Thursday. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays will be in office. The outings will take place at places like bowling alleys, outdoor parks, bounce gymnasiums, etc. The specific locations are to be determined. The activity fee is embedded in the tuition and includes any fees/expenses for the outings for the participating child only. Any additional food/expenses for other family members would be the responsibility of the family. Parents must be present for the entirety of all outings. On outing days the groups will meet punctually at the outing location which will be provided in advance.
Q: Can parents drop their child off and come back to pick them up?
A: No, for both in office and out of office days parents must be present for the entirety of all sessions.
Q: Can parents sit in on sessions?
A: No, parents cannot sit in on sessions due to HIPPA (privacy) laws. However, the program includes an individual child/parent 30-minute individual session with the SLP after the program’s final group session to discuss progress and experience.
Q: How long are the sessions?
A: In office sessions are 1 hour. Outings are 2 hours.
Q: How are children placed into groups?
A: Children are placed into groups by the SLP after an initial 1 hour consultation based on a variety of factors including age. This initial consultation is included in the cost of the program.
Q: Which SHA location is this program taking place?
A: Only our Westfield and Metuchen locations will be hosting the summer program.
Q: What is the total cost of the program?
A: The total cost of of the 10-day 15.5 hour program is $950. The total cost includes all activity fees as well as the application fee. The fee will not be prorated for missed sessions.
Q: If COVID-19 is still affecting in office services and groups what will happen to the program?
A: The program will be cancelled and all money will be refunded including the application fee.