Dr. Nancy Schwartz, Clinical Director
Psychological services are now available through Caley Schwartz Psychological Serrvices, LLC. See SERVICES TAB
The Communication Clinic of Connecticut has been in existence for 33 years. The clinic services children with speech and language difficulties between the ages of one year and 21 years. While the clinic is known for working with children on the Autism Spectrum, we also specialize in working with children who have been diagnosed with Childhood Speech Apraxia. In addition, we treat children who have been diagnosed with the following disabilities: Nonverbal Learning Disability, Receptive language disorder and/or Expressive language disorder, Semantic language disorder, and Down Syndrome. For the most part, we see children individually for therapy. However, when a child is ready, if an appropriate peer is available, we will place the child in a dyad. As it is our philosophy to address the whole child, when appropriate, we work on thinking skills and relatedness skills in addition to speech and language needs.
To support the children’s abilities to generalize skills, whether it be speaking, thinking or relating, we have a kitchen, a laundry room, a bedroom, a play room and a bath tub (for water play!) available within the clinic. In addition, the parents are encouraged to participate in all sessions. They can watch either within the therapy room or via closed circuit television specific to their child’s therapy room or setting. The parents are given specific assignments that are done within functional moments at home.
Finally, as our children are often in the school setting, we will consult to the school systems. Since it is very important to us that all people interacting with a child understand the work we are doing, we share dvds of our therapy with the parents and the school systems. When a child comes to therapy, the parents or visiting teachers can either sit in the room and participate or watch through closed circuit television. Again, not only do we believe that we must educate the whole child, we also believe we must educate those people who spend the most time with the child.