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Communication Services

The Stern Center offers social learning services and speech-language therapy services. We serve children and adults, customizing programs to serve individual needs and unique learning styles.

Social Learning

boysOur social learning team (including special educators, speech-language pathologists, and psychologists) provides individual and group coaching for students with social learning needs, including:

  • social cognitive challenges, such as autism, Asperger's, nonverbal learning disability, attention deficit disorder, and mental health issues
  • cognition issues including attention, memory, executive functioning, and visuospatial skills
  • We also have experience with medical and behavioral diagnoses including autism spectrum disorders, selective mutism, social-emotional disturbances, ADHD, dyslexia, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and cerebral palsy.

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Social learning instruction includes:

For demographic information on our students and recent outcome data on this program view our Social Thinking Group Instruction Services Research Outcomes report on our research page.

Speech-Language Therapy

familyOur certified speech-language therapists provide comprehensive evaluations and treatment plans for students experiencing language, speech, and dysphagia (swallowing) challenges, including: 

Language needs include understanding and/or expressing correct:

  • Syntax (sentence structure)  
  • Semantics (meaning)
  • Pragmatics (social use of language)
  • Morphology (word parts)
  • Phonology (how words sound)

Speech needs include:

  • Articulation, the formation of basic speech sounds
  • The mechanics of voice, how we use various vocal muscles and breathing to produce sounds
  • Voice challenges such as hypo/hypernasality, disorders due to cleft lip/palate, and dysphonia
  • Fluency, the rate and rhythm of speech

Dysphagia (swallowing) needs include:

  • For children, treatment focuses on oral-motor and feeding issues
  • For adults, treatment focuses on acquired and neurological issues impacting ability to meet nutritional needs

Some programs used by our clinicians include: 

We offer flexible after school scheduling to meet the needs of students. We also consult with schools to provide direct instruction and to develop a plan customized to meet student needs.

Questions?

Contact us at 802-878-2332 to speak with our Communication Services Intake Scheduler. You may also use our online form to contact the Communication Services department.

 Meet our Speech Language Pathologists and our Social Thinking® Coaches.

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Stern Center for Language and Learning is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Williston Location: 183 Talcott Road, Williston, VT 05495
West Lebanon Location: 1 Oak Ridge Road, West Lebanon, NH 03784
802-878-2332, Fax 802-878-0230 | 603-276-3165, Fax 603-653-5606

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