The Program for Developmental Communication Disorders

The Program for Developmental Communication Disorders provides services to children who are in need of developing and expanding their speech and/or language skills. These difficulties may occur alone or may be seen in conjunction with diagnoses such as Global Developmental Delay, Specific Language Impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and Williams Syndrome.

Evaluation and therapy are available for children with:

  • Language and/or speech delays
  • Language-related learning problems
  • Articulation and phonological disorders

Evaluation services include an interview, assessment, feedback, and written report in order to determine and/or confirm a diagnosis, develop a treatment plan, and monitor progress over time.

Therapy sessions are tailored to the specific needs of each child. Clinicians use a variety of techniques and strategies to facilitate progress:

  • Individual therapy sessions give each child the personal attention he or she needs.
  • Group therapy sessions provide a realistic communication context in which children can practice newly developed skills.

This approach provides a supportive social environment with appropriate peers to assist in generalization of emerging skills.

In addition to these traditional approaches, the Program incorporates a variety of treatment methods, including devices to support communication from simple visual symbol systems to computer-assisted learning.

Contact: 617-824-8323

Robbins Center

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Take a tour of the Robbins Speech, Language and Hearing Center, which provides a supportive environment where clients and their families learn to overcome a variety of communication disorders and differences.


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