The Speech House is a private speech therapy practice in Tyler, TX. We are certified and licensed speech pathologists. Mini-camps are designed and led by speech pathologists with training and experience in social pragmatic disorders. These are not like traditional camps. They are group speech therapy sessions focused on social communication skills delivered as a mini-camp (meeting for 60-90 minutes for several days, depending on which camp you are choosing).
Who should attend? Children ages 6-15 years with social pragmatic disorders. Children who have these types of problems may (or may not) be diagnosed with any of the following disorders:
- Learning Disabilities
- Social Pragmatic Disability
- High Functioning Autism
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Language Disorders
What is a social pragmatic disorder? It is being unable to appropriately interact with others. Some children have difficulty navigating the social world for various reasons. They may be unable to establish and maintain peer relationships, have problems understanding social rules, be left out of activities, or feel uncomfortable in groups. They many not understand the hidden "rules of conversation": talk to someone versus talking randomly to no one in particular, be aware of the interest of others, look at others when communicating, stay on topic, take turns, etc.
Why Speech Therapy for this problem? Speech Pathologists are trained to provide intervention for all kinds of communication based disorders. The inability to understand nonverbal communication, process information from others and the situations, and communicate effectively are foundational to social interactions.
Where will these groups meet: Groups will meet at our office.
The Speech House
2117 S. Fleishel Ave.
Tyler, TX 75701
COST: Dependent on which camp is chosen. Contact us for more information.
BOOT CAMP: Social skills boot camp introduces the core vocabulary and ideas that are used in all of our groups. All children interested in any of our camps must start with a boot camp.
Section 1: 9:30-10:30 a.m. (ages 8-11)
Section 2: 3:15-4:15 p.m. (ages 12 and up)
Campers will be grouped by age. There will be 3-6 campers per group. Times and dates are subject to change as needed.
Cost: Contact us for more info.
Registration is open now until June 3.
Once you decide to participate in a camp, we will schedule a screening session for your child. This screening serves to determine appropriate placements of campers and identify individual needs to be addressed. There will be a fee for the assessment. We reserve the right to turn applicants down. If your child has a disability that cannot be addressed by our curriculum or if your child does not demonstrate characteristics of social problems, we will inform you of why our camps will not meet the needs.
*We will offer additional Boot Camps later in the summer if we have enough new campers to form a group. So if you miss this offering, please call our office to be placed on a wait list for a new section to form.
**If your child has participated in previous groups at our office within the past 18 months, they will not need to attend a Boot Camp.
Other Offerings being considered (Depending on interest):
- Movie Time - Campers will be learning about the social etiquette of attending a movie and then sharing in a group experience of going to a movie.
- Dining Out - Eating out can be difficult for some children. We will discuss and role play dining in a sit down restaurant. Then we will participate as a group in a dining experience.
- Social Detective - To understand social situations, we must learn to observe and make decisions about the situation and what is expected depending on the setting.
- The Art of Conversation - Conversation can be a difficult skill. Sometimes we are too one-sided in our conversation and need to learn about listening skills, being interested in others, and staying on topic.
- Book Club: Wonder - Group will read the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. We will use this book to launch into discussions involving empathy and perspective taking as well as delving into vocabulary, reading comprehension, and group projects.
Check this page frequently as we are still in the process of developing our offerings for this summer.
June 15, 2015 Update:
Groups will meet once per week through the summer. If you want your child to resume a group or to be added to a group, call our office for information.