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Speech and Language and Social Skills San Francisco

They say the first three years of a child’s life are the most important in developing the foundation for academic success and a big part of the reason why is the development of speech and speech patterns. If children don’t have a solid foundation at this age, it can set them up for a lifetime of playing catch up. Whether you just want to give your child the best start possible, or you are worried about a specific delay or difference, San Francisco based Talking tuLIPS could be perfect for you and your child.

Talking tuLIPS is a specialized drop-off class is perfect for little ones up to 3 1/2 years old. The class is a perfect way to help your little one develop a strong speech and language foundation, by teaching language and social skills through fun games that are designed to get your little one using his or her two lips!

There are a couple of things that set Talking tuLIPS apart from other classes that just teach social skills in the San Francisco area. First off, Talking tuLIPS is a speech and language program that is actually taught by Speech Language Pathologists. Talking tuLIPS teaches foundational language skills and prepares children for preschool while having fun and making friends. Sessions are ideal for typically developing children as well as those identified with speech, language, or other developmental delays. The speech pathologist will be focused on your child and their individual development, matching these against developmental guidelines, so that you won’t have to worry about keeping track of every milestone your child should have reached.

Best of all, it is a fun time for your little one, with lots of opportunities for socialization in a structured environment! Each class has a routine so that your little one will come knowing what to expect each week. New themes and topics are introduced to keep the lessons fun and exciting. Talking tuLIPS helps with a child’s speech and language, following directions, creating positive behaviors, class routine, social skills and so much more!

Why should your child participate in our Talking tuLIPS program?

“Children who attend high-quality preschool enter kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not,”
says National Institute for early education research NIEER director W. Steven Barnett, PhD. Pre-school children are more likely to learn to read and they become better readers than children who never attended pre-school. Children who attend pre-school are more likely to graduate from high school and continue onto college. Approximately 5-8% of preschool children (i.e. between 1 in 12 and 1 in 20 children) have language delays that continue throughout their school years and into adulthood. These ongoing difficulties with language are associated with difficulty learning to read and write, poorer academic performance, more limited employment opportunities and difficulties with social relationships. 15-20% of two year olds are delayed in their expressive language development (i.e. they talk late and do not use as many words or sentences of the same complexity as their peers), but are otherwise developing as expected. Not all of these children outgrow their language delay and up to 60% of them may continue to experience language delays into later childhood and adulthood.

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Social Skills Groups

tuLIPS Speech Therapy is excited to offer Social Skills Groups, following the format of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking curriculum.

Social Skills San Francisco
Social skills intervention often begins with developing basic turn-taking routines, expanding gestures, and establishing joint attention. Later on, children may engage in activities regarding expressing thoughts and feelings, maintaining conversation, reading social stories, and role-playing. This direct and specific social skills instruction is currently missing from the variety of therapeutic services offered. TuLIPS Speech Therapy develops social skills groups, based not only on a diagnosis, but developmental and chronological age as well. Organizing groups this way will ensure the effectiveness of the teaching, as interactions will be presented at their current level of functioning. The world often assumes that a bright, academically achieving child or teen will automatically and intuitively learn social skills from their environment and experiences. However, for many children and teens, their social development is not commensurate with their intelligence and acquiring the skills necessary to navigate the social world is not intuitive. To achieve social success and master subtleties of the “social code”, pragmatic language and social skills must be taught in a systematic way and carried over to the home and school when possible.  
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