The Indiana Behavior Analysis Academy (IBAA) is once again expanding its team to better serve autistic children in the community.
The ABA therapy center, which works with autistic children, has added a speech therapist who will work with those enrolled in the ABA program and provide services to the community.
âWe hope to help support children who may not need intensive ABA therapy but could benefit from speech therapy services,â said Lisa Steward, owner of IBAA. âDelays or communication deficits are associated with the diagnosis of autism, so a lot of what we do in ABA therapy targets those needs. The additional support of a speech-language pathologist will complement the work we do and respond to additional problems with the joint, feeding, etc. said the steward.
Pathologist Courtney Dubay, CCC-SLP, has a particular interest in working with children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. She has experience and training in pediatric feeding and swallowing, as well as working with children who are hard of hearing and have cochlear implants.
She has worked with children suffering from articulation and phonological disorders, apraxia of speech in children, expressive and receptive language disorders, Down syndrome, cognitive disorders, specific learning disabilities. and children using speech-generating devices.
Dubay will support learners and the IBAA team in identifying a mode of communication for those who enroll with limited communication. With the technology available today, Steward said there are many options for children to help them communicate in a way that works for them.
âIn addition to working on voice communication, children can benefit from learning sign language, using a picture exchange system and / or an improved communication device. The SLP will identify the needs and select the best approach for each child and their family, âsaid Steward.
Technology is making communication systems more accessible to children. While devices and communications systems cost thousands of dollars and required waiting periods, children can now access them very quickly and via a tablet for a reasonable price, according to Steward.
Registration for the speech therapy program begins in April. For more information, call 765-419-0411.