Hi there! My name is Shelley Davis and I am the owner/founder of Unique Services. I am an American Speech & Hearing Association (ASHA) certified Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) who has earned multiple ACE awards. ACE awards are given to those who complete 70+ continuing education hours in a given 3 year cycle.
I am very passionate about shaping the future of our profession and have found the best way to do so is to help teach SLP-Assistants after they graduate with their bachelors degree. In order for the new graduates to get their SLP-Assistant license in the state of Texas, they have to complete 25 observation and 25 clinical hours with a skilled SLP.
We currently need families that are interested in participating in our clinical enrichment program. You will receive a speech and language evaluation and plan of care. You will be sent a monthly update from the therapist and will have a direct line of communication with the supervisor- Shelley Davis, MS CCC/SLP- who will be providing 100% direct supervision. We will be moving several therapists through this program so it will not be a consistent therapist. If you would like more information about the program, feel free to email email@example.com
The cutie on the right is my little one checking out our first office space.
We work with all ages- typically starting at 1 year and up. We work with pediatrics and adults. Our adult population can include adults with IDD and adults that have an acquired injury. I have personally been working in the adult with IDD field since 2009. That population has such a special place in my heart.
There have been other places that said upon laying eyes on individuals, they immediately began to think of their deficits and what they wanted to do to "fix" them. Here at Unique Speech, we believe in focusing on their strengths and building on their strengths. We believe in functional therapy. We believe in sensory friendly, empathic, and compassionate therapy. In addition to our typical treatment areas below, we also offer the following to our Adult IDD population: job training, instrumental ADLs, ADLs, reading environmental print, car safety, personal safety, along with several other functional areas.
We typically work with the following areas: Receptive/Expressive Language, Articulation, Phonological Processes, Apraxia, Pre-reading, Literacy, Fluency, etc. The only areas we can't work on through the assistant program is voice and swallowing. Those services are offered at a paid rate with the SLP.
We can provide services in person or via teletherapy. In person therapy is done at our office location in Fort Worth.
We offer individual therapy via in person or tele-therapy. During select rotations, we will have assistants that can offer therapy on a Saturday. This can either be an individual session or a "Parent's Day Out" session.
Our Parent's Day Out (PDO) sessions are two hour sessions. They can be individual or group (up to 4 members of the same family unit - COVID). So you can drop off up to 4 of your children to participate in PDO. Individuals need to be aged 2 & up for PDO.
Our curriculum for PDO is based on a phonological awareness program, Sounds Abound. Therefore our session will be primarily pre-reading and reading focused. However, we will also do arts and crafts, snacks, and physical activity (playing on the playground, obstacle courses, etc). If you have any specific questions on our program, please feel free to message below!
Cost: Depending on the assistant, it will range between free or $20/family.
In between assistants, we will be providing therapy via private pay or through your insurance.
We are in network with Medicaid and Medicare.
During the intake process, you will be able to speak directly to our billing department to determine eligibility and cost.
Through our Parent's Day Out (PDO) program, we are able to provide therapy during a 2 hour segment of time. Due to COVID precautions, we accept family units only (client + siblings). While you do not have to be a client to attend PDO, current clients get preferred scheduling.
Our PDO are highly structured sessions that are heavy with literacy instruction. We are able to adjust the literacy instruction based on the age of the participants.
PDO are scheduled on an as needed basis, dependent on the need of our working assistants.
Each PDO is structured the same: Circle Time, Crafts, Snacks, & Free Play.
Utilizing the Sounds Abound: Multisensory Phonological Awareness materials, we are able to carefully craft structured circle time focusing on one sound at a time. To the left, you will see an overview of a session where we focused on the letter "T".
Our first task during circle time is to review our target sound. We talk about what the letter looks like and practice writing it. We talk about what we do in our mouths to make the sound- where does your tongue go when making it? We look in a mirror or a video to visualize oral motor placement. We talk about how to make the target letter in sign language.
Then we read books that utilize the target sound often. Each participate will receive their own book where they are encouraged to identify the target sound while reading the book. We talk about the position of the target sound- is it at the beginning of the word or the end?
We then talk about possible rhyming words, as well as identify how many syllables are in our target words. We also segment our syllables and practice syllable deletion. Next we target phoneme blending and segmentation.
Our arts and craft activities also focus on our target letter. For example, when our target sound is "t", we make craft a turtle shell to wear on their back, a tiger mask, and a troll to take home.
Each activity is prepared ahead of time and there is no cross contamination with other groups. During arts and crafts they get a lot of practice with their fine motor skills. There's a lot of cutting, gluing, drawing, lacing, etc. that has to get done to construct the perfect craft!
Every snack food that is provided is pre-packaged ahead of time. Each item will have the target sound in it so while they eat, we can provide auditory bombardment of the target sound.
When the weather is nice, free play occurs outside on the playground. There is lots of running and gross motor exercise to get their bodies up and moving. If the weather is not favorable, it will take place inside of the gym. We tape the target letter down on the floor and have gross motor activities that correspond. For example, we did a large TicTacToe game where they had to jump to the spot they wanted their symbol.
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