Services for Children


We work with children of all ages from toddlers to young adults, who are experiencing difficulties as a result of an articulation delay, phonological disorders, verbal dyspraxia, autism or PDD, Down syndrome, developmental delay, learning disability, dysfluency, or language delay/disorder or an acquired brain injury.

We can help if your child has or is experiencing difficulties with any of the following:

  • Pronouncing words
  • Difficulties in learning at school
  • Delayed language development
  • A husky, hoarse voice
  • Limited social skills
  • Following directions
  • Delayed reading or written expression
  • Stuttering
  • Attention, memory and problem solving

 

Reading Programs (Direct Instruction)

Here at MacPherson Communication Clinic, our CDAs have been trained in the use of Direct Instruction to administer a variety of reading intervention programs.
Research has shown the programs to be beneficial to children who are just beginning to learn how to read, who are at-risk for reading difficulties, or who are diagnosed with reading difficulties.
An initial placement test ensures that students start at the correct level for their abilities. Our CDAs work one-on-one with students to administer structured and carefully sequenced lessons.  A typical lesson includes seven to nine short activities encompassing multiple strands of content including:

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Letter-Sound Correspondence
  • Sounding Out of Words
  • Word Recognition
  • Vocabulary
  • Oral Reading Fluency
  • Comprehension

The Direct Instruction programs offered at our clinic include:

  • Reading Mastery
  • Spelling Mastery
  • Language for Learning
  • Reasoning and Writing
  • Corrective Reading
  • REWARDS