WHAT IS OAK THERAPY?
OAK Therapy is a fun therapeutic community that empowers children to increase their speech and language abilities. OAK therapy was created for those looking to receive one-of-a-kind evidence-based services specifically tailored to children with varying needs. Through inspiring workshops, therapy sessions and parent training, we use our optimistic and caring voice to provide tools that establish long-lasting language skills and social relationships with the hopes of helping children reach their fullest communication potential.
SPEECH LANGUAGE SERVICES
Oak Therapy provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, consultations, parent coaching, and treatment of individuals with speech, language, social communication and/or feeding and swallowing disorders. We provide 1-3 hour long comprehensive evaluations that formally and informally assess all areas of communication including speech articulation, fluency, receptive, expressive and pragmatic language, and, feeding skills. The evaluation also includes a plan of care, long-term and short term objectives, referrals and recommendations.
Based on the evaluation results, a uniquely designed treatment plan is developed to address specific speech-language difficulties. Therapy is frequently provided in individualy; however, group therapy may be most beneficial. The mode of therapy (individual or group) and the frequency of therapy vary significantly in each diverse child, the therapist will recommend length of therapy in the evaluation. Our therapy sessions range from 30 to 60 minutes long. We highly recommend and encourage parents to observe treatment sessions to generalize results into the home environment.
Oak Therapy provides 60-min coaching/consult sessions to provide parents therapeutic support and strategies to apply at home. Sessions include parent interview to talk about speech-language milestones, medical and developmental history, strength and weaknesses, and play observation. Our coaching/consult sessions end by providing caregivers with specifically designed play-based strategies and recommendations to augment language skills at home. The mode of coaching/consult sessions can be delivered in person or through an online platform.
MEET THE CLINICIAN
SUSANA RIERA M.S CCC-SLP
Susana is a bilingual Licensed Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist residing in Miami, Florida. Susana received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Miami and her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Nova Southeastern University where she graduated with honors. Susana has extensive experience working with a variety of speech, language and feeding disorders/delays in diverse settings.
Susana believes in providing evidence-based therapeutic interventions that are individualistically adjusted to each diverse client. She utilizes interactive play as a powerful tool to promote learning and set the foundation in building a nurturing therapeutic relationship with her patients to help them reach their fullest communication potential. Regular attendance to therapy sessions is fundamental to achieve progress.
OAK Therapy provides services to infants and young adults of all ability levels. We pride ourselves in providing evidence-based treatment in a safe, nurturing and interactive learning environment.
''When my son Matteo was 16 months old, he was diagnosed with a speech-language delay. As parents we were very concerned and sought help, we went to two speech-language pathologists and we were unsuccessful. Once we got to Susana's hands there was a "Click" between Matteo and her ... From the first day there were positive changes in our son and after 8 weeks Matteo already knew how to say many words and had understood many things that I as a father had not managed to achieve. I highly recommend Susana, she is a professional and loves what she does. I wish there were many Susanas to help all our children!''
''We had the fortune of crossing paths with Susana in 2019 for Speech-Language therapy for my daughter with autism spectrum disorder. By that time, my daughter had several therapists beforehand but the connection that both of them established was incredible! They clicked in a way that was different from any other therapist she had had to date. The warmth and love in the sessions was obvious, my daughter was excited beyond belief!. Her growth and progress has been exceptional. Finding that engagement is remarkable and we have seen her unique and energetic personality blossom over a consistent and fun-filled routine. Susana is not just a therapist, she is our empathetic advocate and close confident in all things regarding our special needs daughter.''
Thank you Susy for your empathy in each skill and word you taught my son Sebastian. I remember that "HELP"was the first word you worked on which filled me with hope as I saw how his communication was growing and gained meaning. Thank you for being Sebastian's "Speech Cookie Monster", as he so calls you.
My daughter Sofia was very lucky to meet and work with Susana when she was just 5 years-old, (a couple years after she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder). They immediately bonded and Susana’s amazing skills and loving personality helped my daughter develop and grow her abilities. I can honestly say that Susana has made a very positive impact in my daughter’s development and I would highly recommend her speech-language pathology services to any child who needs it.