to Connect Therapy Services
At Connect Therapy Services, we celebrate differences, build on strengths, create connections, and inspire potential. Our in-home speech therapy sessions are not only convenient for families... they also allow us to enter into each child's world and support them during natural language opportunities. Through a combination of child-led speech therapy and parent coaching, we will help your child find their voice!
Neurodiversity-Affirming Therapy Services
As a neurodiversity affirming practice, we follow your child's lead and honor all forms of communication - including gestures, signs, speech, visual supports, and AAC systems. Our speech therapy sessions are engaging and full of activities that both interest your child and meet their sensory needs. At Connect Therapy Services, we help families embrace the unique abilities and qualities of their child, and coach caregivers to naturally build on language skills at home.
At Connect Therapy Services, we support children with complex communication needs by introducing Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems. Our goal is to work with each family to determine which AAC system best fits their needs and supports their child's ability to express themselves. Not only do we focus on teaching children to use AAC, but we also help parents, teachers, and caregivers gain confidence to use their child's AAC in all activities of daily life.
Echolalia & Scripting
Many children use memorized language from videos, songs, TV shows, and other sources to communicate - which is called gestalt language processing! We honor and validate scripts, work with parents to learn their meaning, and use the Natural Language Acquisition approach to support the journey to original language. At Connect Therapy Services, we make communication an enjoyable and successful experience by helping your child move through the stages of gestalt language development.
Early intervention lays a strong foundation for speech and language development in children under the age of 3 years. Connect Therapy Services comes to your home to help you understand and support the way that your child communicates, plays, and interacts with family in their most comfortable and natural environment! Using a parent coaching model, we will help you embed opportunities and strategies into your everyday routines. Our goal is to give you the tools and confidence to help your child grow!
MEET YOUR SPEECH THERAPIST
Sarah Karipides, M.A., CCC-SLP
Owner, Speech-Language Pathologist
Sarah is a speech therapist who believes that every child has the potential to communicate and that every voice deserves to be heard!
At Connect Therapy Services, Sarah designs her sessions to match each child's interests, sensory needs, and learning style. She looks at strengths rather than focusing on "deficits" - making communication all about joy and connection.
Sarah has advanced training in neurodiversity-affirming therapy approaches, including courses in Natural Language Acquisition, AAC, and sensory integration for speech-language pathologists. She is committed to providing neurodiversity-affirming therapy to help every child reach their full potential.
Here's How to Get Started...
Schedule a free, initial consultation to discuss your child and your goals for therapy to determine if Connect Therapy Services would be a good fit.
Participate in an evaluation to determine your child's communication skills, strengths, interests, goals, and needs. We discuss the results, share our recommendations, and create a treatment plan!
We will collaborate with your family to determine the type and frequency of services needed. Then, we will begin speech therapy sessions to work toward your goals!
PAYMENT & BILLING
At this time, Connect Therapy Services only accepts private pay clients. We do offer superbills which can be submitted to your insurance company for potential reimbursement.
We Come to You!
~ Cleveland, Ohio ~
At Connect Therapy Services, we know that children are most successful learning new skills in the place they spend most of their time... at home!
Home based speech therapy is ideal for embedding language strategies and supports within your child's daily routines - even allowing them to play, practice, and learn with toys that they use every day! We truly listen to families and work on goals that will change your lives for the better.
There is power in presuming competence.