All individuals at Verland have communication goals, whether they are verbal or nonverbal. Through Verland's Communication Therapy (CT) Department, verbal individuals are encouraged to enhance their speech and language. Nonverbal participants are taught augmentative and alternative means of communication.
The Communication Therapy (CT) Department at Verland assesses and treats speech/language and communication skills, oral motor abilities and hearing proficiencies of every resident. Speech/language and communication skills are addressed through both formal and informal goals. Having received specialized training, the CT supervisor personally executes all formal therapy which encourages optimum learning and maintenance. Informal goals are integrated into the classrooms and homes of individuals, and are implemented by staff who are trained by the CT department. Oral motor therapies are established and executed by the CT Specialist during sessions that are designed to maintain current feeding ability (e.g. chewing, tongue lateralization, rotary movement, etc.) Through these sessions and other observations of oral and pharyngeal function, diet consistencies are determined. Staff is in-serviced in this area to ensure proper consistencies are provided to each individual during their meals.
Aural rehabilitation therapy is conducted by the Communication Therapy Specialist to those individuals who have been identified as hearing impaired and who respond to any of the therapeutic techniques. The techniques utilized in training/treatment may include:
Adaptation to amplification device
Total communication methods
Visual cue development
Environmental manipulation to improve signal-to-noise ratios
Possibly speech reading or cued speech
The CT department will determine those individuals who will benefit from this program, and remediation will be established according to each individual's needs.