Ohio Based Speech and Language Therapy Options
Located in Cleveland, Ohio, we provide direct evidence-based therapies, consultation services and training in social behavior techniques and intervention strategies for children and adults with autism, ADD/ADHD, and other developmental conditions.
Watch Melissa Yusko, MA, CCC/SLP, our Coordinator of Speech Services & Speech-Language Pathologist as she discusses what Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) is and how important it is to help her patients communicate.
Watch Lauren Jeunnette, MA, CCC/SLP, one of our Speech-Language Pathologists, as she explains what is pragmatic language, how it is used, and how to practice pragmatic language or social skills at home.
Speech and language therapy services focus on building a variety of skills that help your child not only listen, but speak and communicate in a more clear and effective way. Therapy can take form in many ways depending on your child’s specific need. Our team works directly with you and your child to build an individualized care plan to build on strengths and work through challenges together.
Areas of focus:
- Receptive and Expressive Language
- Apraxia of Speech
- Social Communication
- Communication Modalities
What is Receptive Language?
Receptive language involves listening to others and includes skills like understanding Wh-questions, following directions, labeling, sorting, etc.
What is Expressive Language?
Expressive language focuses on skills like generating complete sentences using correct verb tenses and structures.
Generally speaking, receptive language is about listening to others while expressive language involves talking. Our Speech-Language Pathologist helps your child have a better understanding and appropriate use of language as they both learn to listen and to speak.
What is Apraxia of Speech?
Apraxia of speech is a speech sound disorder. Some children struggle with consistently and correctly making correct speech sounds. Our Speech-Language Pathologist works with your child to strengthen and improve the coordination of the muscles used when speaking to help improve their speech sound production skills and be better understood by listeners.
What is Social Communication?
Social communication allows your child to share their experiences, thoughts and emotions with others. Through real life and practical practice scenarios, our Speech-Language Pathologist can help your child improve their social skills. These can include conversation and play skills used when interacting with others. Your dedicated speech language pathologist may work with your child on initiating, maintaining, and ending conversations as well as turn-taking and flexibility during play just like in a real life situation. Non-verbal communication (i.e. understanding and using appropriate facial expressions, body language, eye contact) can also be an area of focus as a part of your child’s social communication plan.
What is Fluency?
Fluency is your child’s ability to express themselves easily and articulately. Using a variety of fluency techniques, your Speech-Language Pathologist can help your child to decrease their stutter and improve their fluency of speech and their natural flow of communication interactions.
What are Communication Modalities?
If your child is non-verbal and requires alternative forms of communication, your Speech-Language Pathologist provides specialized assessments to identify the most appropriate approach or device for your child. Our team will assist your family with programming, training, and support in the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices for both your child and you.
Join our Early Communicators and Caregiver Group!
Join us for a 6-week course on early communication for parents/caregivers and their children ages 15-30 months. Each session will be 1 hour long and our licensed speech-language pathologists will lead the group. Our pathologists will provide coaching and support as parents engage with their children to help foster the development of early communication skills.
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Looking for summer speech help for tweens? Check out our TWEETS program!
This program is for tweens ages 9-14 with average receptive and expressive language skills and is completely virtual! Each tween will have one on one sessions with our tenured Speech-Language Pathologists and will focus on different areas of speech.
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Meet our Speech-Language Pathologists
Melissa Yusko, MA, CCC/SLP
Coordinator of Speech Services & Speech-Language Pathologist
Melissa Yusko is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with 10 years of experience as a pediatric outpatient therapist working with children of varying ages and skill levels. Melissa has a Bachelor of Science in Education and Allied Professions from the University of Dayton and a Masters of Arts in Communication Sciences from Case Western Reserve University. Melissa previously worked as an outpatient therapist at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism where she provided individual therapy and parent training to increase functional communication, receptive and expressive language, social/pragmatic language, and speech production skills.
Lauren Jeunnette, MA, CCC/SLP
Lauren Jeunnette is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from The Ohio State University and a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Akron. Lauren is a certified Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) specialist. She previously worked as an outpatient therapist, providing specialized speech-language therapy services to children with Autism, where she provided individual therapy to improve social/pragmatic language, speech production, functional communication, expressive language, and receptive language.
Our clinicians are in-network with OH Medicaid, Aetna & First Health, AmeriHealth Caritis, Anthem BCBS, Buckeye (ABA and Psych Only), CareSource, Cigna (Medical), Cigna Evernorth, Humana, Medical Mutual, Medicare, Molina, POLR, Tricare, United Behavioral (BH) includes Community Plan of OH, and UHC Optum includes UHC Ind & Family Plan. While we may not be in-network with your insurance provider it may still be possible to receive benefits. In this case, please contact our team to receive a benefits investions. We will also contact your insurance provider for prior authorization to determine your out-of-pocket costs due at the time of your appointment.
Education services we provide are eligible for billing to the Autism Scholarship and the Jon Peterson Scholarship. For more information please visit: https://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Scholarships
A $50 fee is applied in the event of a missed appointment or an appointment canceled with less than 24 hours notice unless we determine an emergency or sickness was involved. Three cancellations with no call or no-show will result in termination of services, and five cancellations in a one-year period for any reason may result in termination of services.