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People today have very busy schedules. It is a very convenient and a time saving service to be seen in your own home or office.

Being seen in your own environment allows you to practice your newly learned skills where you will be using them and in this way helps with carry-over.

In addition, services offered in your own home allow for privacy. I believe the quality of the therapy is better and more personalized.

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Locations Served | Accent Reduction | Speech Therapy in Schools | Children | Autism | Orofacial Myology

Autism Spectrum Disorders / Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Ela Britchkow offers speech therapy for children with Autism Spectrum disordersChildren with Autism Spectrum disorders have deficits in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors or interests. In addition, they often have unusual responses to sensory experiences such as certain sounds or the way objects look. Each of these symptoms runs the gamut from mild to severe.

The autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often can be reliably detected by age three and in some cases as early as 18 months. Parents usually first notice the unusual behaviors in their child. They may observe that their baby seemed different from birth unresponsive to people or focusing intently on one item for long periods of time. The first signs of an ASD can appear in children who initially seemed to have been developing normally. When an engaging babbling toddler suddenly develops a pattern of being quiet, withdrawn, self-abusive, or indifferent to social interactions, something is wrong. Most children with ASD seem indifferent to other people and often prefer being alone. They may resist attention or passively accept hugs and cuddling. Later, they seldom seek comfort or respond to parent’s displays of anger or affection in a typical way.

Some children with ASD have language delays. They may speak only single words, while others repeat the same phrase over and over. Some have echolalia, repeating what they hear instead of responding. Others may have precocious language and unusually large vocabulary but have great difficulty sustaining a conversation. The “give and take of a reciprocal conversation is hard for them although they often carry on a monologue on a favorite subject. Another difficulty is the inability to understand body language or tone of voice. These children may have Asperger’s syndrome, which is part of the autism spectrum.

There are early intervention programs available for these children where they can receive speech therapy and a variety of school-based programs for older children. Some parents realize that this is not enough and chose additional therapy from a private speech-language pathologist.

My Services

Ela Britchkow, Pennsylvania speech pathologistAfter a speech and language evaluation which identifies the child’s strengths and deficits, I develop an effective treatment program built on your child’s interests and ability level. I teach tasks as a series of simple steps, actively engage the child’s attention in highly structured activities and provide regular reinforcement of behavior. Skills such as how to act in social situations and how to make friends are also taught. Parental involvement is very important. Since speech therapy is done in my clients’ home I have the opportunity to involve the significant people in the child’s life and train them to work on the skills necessary for the child to thrive and enjoy his/her life.

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Pennsylvania Speech Language Pathologist Ela Britchkow works with children with special speech and language needs

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