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Speak Freely

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We're excited to get the new year started. Applications open next month for the PEAK speech program. Come out if you would like to know more about the program to our parent meeting at the AGE Building .
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Private Speech Therapy Clinic - offering speech, language, hearing, and feeding/oral-motor therapy services Speak Freely is a private speech therapy clinic servicing Travis, Hays, Williamson, and Bastrop counties.

We take pride in providing the best possible therapy services for our clients. We focus on putting the needs of our families first. We welcome all of our families to sit in on all of our speech therapy sessions. Our philosophy - empower our parents to communicate, interact and take care of their children to the best of their ability. We address developmental speech and language skills in children with autism, learning disabilities, feeding disorders, Down syndrome and other special needs.

Operating as usual

Timeline Photos 05/26/2021

Timeline Photos

Memorial Day is almost here, and that means summer is right around the corner! It’s been a tough school year for just about everyone—and families need a break. While parents and caregivers may feel the need to purchase workbooks, apps, and other “educational” programs for their kids to work on over summer, remember that everyday activities generally provide the best learning opportunities. Share with families of your students, clients, and patients: https://on.asha.org/3hJdOP6 #BHSM #SLP #SLPeeps

[02/21/21]   Offices to resume normal schedules tomorrow. See everyone soon!

[02/17/21]   Offices closed today, hope to open mid day Thursday, and for sure open Friday.

02/16/2021

Happy Tuesday! As our phone message states, we are closed today but will do virtual sessions for those clients that can and have power. Your clinicians will be in contact with you.

Happy Tuesday! As our phone message states, we are closed today but will do virtual sessions for those clients that can and have power. Your clinicians will be in contact with you.

02/14/2021

Reminder: Our offices are closed Monday and sessions will be virtual if possible. Stay home, stay safe! Email us at [email protected] if you have questions or need to reschedule.

Reminder: Our offices are closed Monday and sessions will be virtual if possible. Stay home, stay safe! Email us at [email protected] if you have questions or need to reschedule.

01/28/2021

Excited that we were able to upgrade our HVAC to keep our clinic and patients safer!

Excited that we were able to upgrade our HVAC to keep our clinic and patients safer!

[01/12/21]   Our offices will be open as usual. See you soon!

[01/11/21]   Our offices will open at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Please call or email us if you need to reschedule your appointment.

nacd.org 12/23/2020

Independence, Initiation, Responsibility, Self-Respect, Self-Awareness, Empowerment, Service: Chores - NACD International | The National Association for Child Development

nacd.org by Bob Doman From our tiniest children, who lack the awareness that they can initiate movement, language, or even play, to our teens and young adults who have not established an identity, a sense of worth, or self-respect and who feel entitled, often one of the most significant missing ingredients i...

vincegowmon.com 12/23/2020

The Right Brain Develops First ~ Why Play is the Foundation for Academic Learning

Play, play, play! It is the way. Use the holiday break to join in and play with your children.

vincegowmon.com Photo credit: Thank you to Emek of Emek Studios Did you know that the right brain develops first? It does so by the time children are 3-4 years of age. The left brain, on the other hand, doesn't fully come online until children are approximately seven years old; hence the first seven years being rec...

npr.org 12/08/2020

How To Help A Child Struggling With Anxiety : Life Kit

npr.org When a child is scared of the dark or being left alone, it can be hard for adults to know the difference between an age-appropriate fear and full-blown anxiety. This episode is full of tools to help parents better understand and manage their child's "worry brain."

wtop.com 10/01/2020

Advocates encourage people with learning disabilities to make plan to vote

wtop.com One in five eligible voters in the U.S. has a learning disability, and 55.9% of them voted in 2016.


09/11/2020

Harrison Township School District

Helpful tip for our virtual learners with seeing a Zoom Call and your work at the same time!

specialneedsforspecialkids.org 07/12/2020

Free Summer Challenge for Special Ed

specialneedsforspecialkids.org Avoid the summer slump in 2020 with this free 8 week challenge. Get a different activity each week to keep your kiddo learning over the summer.

07/02/2020

Jim Spencer

For parents of children with autism, you might be interested in this email we received today:

My name is Kelly Hargraves and I graduated from Texas State University and now I am a special education teacher in Frisco Texas. I have been working with a professor at Texas State for the past 10 years and we put on a summer camp for children with autism. Usually we hold camp at one of the local elementary schools in San Marcos Texas, but this year due to COVID we are holding it virtual. We have about 25 students signed up from all over Texas including other states such as California and Florida. This year we also have about 5 students from Brazil that will be joining. This year, my director and I decided not to charge anyone. We are accepting everyone that applies and its completely free. We have fun activities Monday through Friday from 9 to 12 through zoom. Our activities include: PE type activities, Coding with Microsoft, Virtual field trips to the Smithsonian museums, and music therapy by music therapist. We would love to have KXAN be apart of this awesome and fabulous opportunity and to share it across Austin in hopes to get more students involved. I look forward to speaking to someone about possibly doing a news report on this fabulous camp for children on the autism spectrum. My email is [email protected]

blog.asha.org 03/29/2020

UHC, Cigna, Tricare Health Plans Expand Telepractice Coverage - Leader Live — Happening now in the speech-language-hearing world

blog.asha.org Three major health plans—United HealthCare (UHC), Cigna, and Tricare—have expanded telepractice coverage for speech-language pathology services, potentially affecting more than 70 million American subscribers.

03/27/2020

Speak Freely is here to help families that may be missing out on speech therapy services during this time. We are now offering telepractice sessions to help fill the gap! Our therapists can offer therapy targeting articulation, language and reading comprehension. If you would like more information, give us a call at (512) 233-4000.

03/26/2020

DSACT

DSACT's PEAK Speech Therapy program gives individuals with Down syndrome power through confident communication. Support our members' growth by bidding on our MANY online auction packages (or making a donation)! https://one.bidpal.net/2020cb/

playpennies.com 03/26/2020

Joe Wicks Is The Nation's P.E. Teacher With Free Daily Kids Workouts On You Tube

playpennies.com This is great news for parents and kids who are reeling from the news of school closures due to the Coronavirus. Joe Wicks, famous as The Body Coach, has sa...

03/17/2020

We have been busy today introducing our clients to telepractice sessions. Here we are working on following 3 step sequential directions while making an ice cream sunday. "It's just like a video game" as my kiddo expressed today! Life lessons such as computer navigation, problem solving errors, and that we are always learning, even adults, are priceless.


03/14/2020

Why is it important to wash your hands? 🖐🖐🧼 This is a great visual to show kids why it’s so important to wash our hands regularly to keep germs from spreading 🦠 and to prevent getting sick. ⁣

When should adults and children be washing their hands? •After arriving somewhere new •Before leaving •After coughing it’s blowing your nose •After using the restroom •After playing outside •Before cooking or eating a meal⁣

At Speak Freely, we have already begun to implement stricter deep cleaning protocols after each 1 on 1 session which includes hand washing upon arrival and before leaving therapy. Our therapists and patients’ health and safety are our number 1 priority!

02/21/2020

Hello everyone! Here's your chance to get Teach Your Monster to read free!

Teach Your Monster to Read has been approved by a panel of educational experts appointed by the Department for Education. To celebrate, we've made the app free until Friday 28th February! Download in the Apple App store.

02/11/2020

Speak Freely & KidSensations are offering free speech and fine motor screenings for children 3-6 years of age Saturday, February 29 from 8:30am-12pm. Please sign up for either an OT screen, Speech screen or both. We try to perform all screenings within 30 minutes and each family will leave with an idea of your child's strengths and weaknesses. ⁣

Sign up with the signupgenius.com link on Speak Freely’s Facebook event.⁣

If you would like to set up a formal evaluation instead, please call 512-233-4000. For more information about what we do visit:⁣

http://speakfreelyslp.com⁣

http://kidsensations.com⁣

Both Speak Freely & KidSensations have offices in south Austin and Dripping Springs!

02/05/2020

Science Gives Parents the Solution for Picky Eaters (Part 2 with Dr. Kay Toomey) HPC: E75

Here's part 2

"Eating is the hardest thing kids will ever do." What?!?! Have you ever thought about what we do 5x/day like this? Dr. Kay Toomey was the MOST fascinating in...

02/04/2020

Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders with Dr. Kay Toomey (HPC: E74)

Plenty of parents complain about their kids being "so darn picky!" (including me, even though I know I shouldn't use that word!). But what IS a picky eater, ...

signupgenius.com 01/09/2020

2020 PEAK Speech Program Volunteers

We are always looking for volunteers, so if you know any high schoolers, college students or you wish to help out please sign-up or share with others groups!

signupgenius.com Hey Everyone, The DSACT Speech Program is now the Parent Empowering Articulation in Kids program.  We are kicking off our new year and have many more volunteer opportunities for students.  Our new program is 18 months long and meets twice a month during the first year so many more dates to choose...

12/25/2019

Happy Holidays from all of us at Speak Freely! Thank you for being apart of our family, and we hope you have a wonderful day with friends & family!

12/25/2019

This little one worked on following directions during her first craft activity with her therapist this season. This was a great opportunity to talk about holiday vocabulary like: ornament, bow, ribbon, and globe.

12/24/2019

Miss Zoey got to talk about all of her favorite holiday things. Gingerbread, candy canes, and twinkle lights, oh my! What are your favorite holiday things? Comment in one word or emoji below!

12/23/2019

Some of our friends are camera shy, but all of our friends like to get crafty This friend decided to think out of the box with globe ornaments this year and had the idea to make it into a fox. The result was a first for our craft room; a fun, forest fox for his Christmas tree.

12/22/2019

We love using playdoh in therapy. So many versatile ways to play with it. Penny decided she wanted to “bake” with her playdoh and made several gingerbread cookies in between speech practice. It was her idea to make him with a smiley face because he was feeling happy 😊

12/20/2019

Elizabeth loves frilly fun. And when she saw this flower crown Rudolf ornament on Pinterest, her mind was made up that that was the ornament she wanted to make. We labeled parts of Rudolf, she followed sequencing directions, and practiced saying her sentences. This is a great example of how speech therapy is often disguised as a fun, play-based activity!

12/11/2019

Crafts aren’t just for the little ones! Jordan was feeling crafty this December & has been working on some ornaments for his Christmas tree 🎄Crafts are a great way to target language and speech goals in therapy!

12/05/2019

DSACT

Don't delay, apply today for DSACT's 2020 PEAK Speech Therapy program! https://forms.gle/QSAdhHKuvEn4KZEH8

12/03/2019

Let me introduce Miss Christy! Christy graduated with her Master’s in Communication Disorders from Texas State University in 1993. She has worked for Speak Freely in Austin and Bastrop since 2018. She became interested in speech therapy in college when learning about it when taking a deaf education course. Christy loves working with the diverse populations speech therapists serve. She has specialized training in Talk Tools- Oral-Motor Training, Food Aversion Therapy, PROMPT level one, Selective Mutism training and Floortime Approach. Her favorite toys to incorporate in sessions are bubbles because she has yet to meet a kid who doesn’t love bubbles.

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2301 Riddle Rd
Austin, TX
78748

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 18:00
Thursday 07:00 - 18:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Sunday 08:00 - 12:00
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