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Cornerstone Therapies

Cornerstone Therapies Provides

Speech Therapy

  1. Individual SP.
    Speech and Language Therapy (SP) is the treatment of speech, language and cognitive disorders that hamper the person’s ability to process and use communication. Therapy should be conducted by a licensed speech and language pathologist and/or a licensed speech pathology assistant. Therapy may include work on speech (oral motor planning, articulation, phonology, volume, vocal quality, fluency, intonation, rate), receptive language (auditory processing, semantics, syntax, morphology), expressive language (morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics) as well as written forms of symbolic language such as reading and writing.

    Licensed Speech and Language Pathologists will assess each child’s unique needs and create a treatment plan to address all areas of concern. Therapy for the younger child is primarily play based, helping the child to learn and use language within functional activities. An older child may have a combination of various styles of therapy in order to address specific speech and language difficulties that may be impacting overall communication and academic performance.

    Therapeutic Interventions Offered:

      • Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking(Authored by Nanci Bell)

      • Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS)
        (Developed by A. Bondy and L. Frost)

      • Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (P.R.O.M.P.T) (Developed by Deborah Heyden)

      • Hanen Courses: More Than Words, It Takes Two to Talk

      • Links to Language
        (Developed by Marion Blank, Ph.D, Laura S. Mckirdy, Ph.D, CCC/SLP, Pamela C. Payne, M.S., CCC/SLP)

      • Sara Rosenfeld Johnson Oral Motor Programs: straw program, horn program, jaw treatment program

      • Social Thinking Curriculum
        (Developed by Michelle Garcia Winner)

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  2. Group Speech -

    • Social Connection
      Our social learning groups are designed to help children develop improved social awareness, social cognition, social communication (pragmatic language), and social motivation skills.  Children with social cognition deficits struggle to establish and maintain social interactions with others.  According to research (Elliott, S. Gresham F. 2007) based on surveys of teachers, researchers identified the top 10 socials skills necessary to be successful at school.  Those skills reported are: listening to others, following rules, ignoring distractions, asking for help, taking turns in conversation, getting along with others, staying calm with others, being responsible for your own behavior and doing nice things for others. 

      These skills seems fairly basic but require the student to be able to: think about others (perspective taking), utilize flexible thinking, read non-verbal communication, maintain attention during boring moments, organize and execute a plan to achieve a common goal (executive functioning skills) and figure out the expected behaviors required in a variety of social situations.  Our groups run through the school year typically organized into 6 week learning modules.  We also offer one 8-week summer learning module. 

      Each group is designed to best serve the needs of the individual children within.  Groups are kept small (3-6 children) so that children are given many opportunities to use the concepts they are learning within each session.    Depending on where your child falls on the Social Learning Continuum, the emphasis of each group may focus on teaching “Social Skills” (teaching individual behaviors) or on teaching “Social Cognition” (the ability to recognize and assess all the variables that make up a social encounter and to modify behavior to fit social expectations).   All of our social learning groups meet once weekly for 60 minute sessions.   

      We are currently accepting students in the following age groups for our next module:
      • 4-5 years
      • 6-7 years
      • 8-10 years
      • 11-13 years

        Please call our office at (714)962-6760 or email to set up a screening if you feel that your child would benefit from this type of instruction.
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    • Kindergarten Boot Camp
      • Does your child have the skills he/she needs to be successful in kindergarten?
      • Is your child having difficulty meeting the academic standards in his/her current kindergarten class? 
      • Do you want to enrich your preschooler’s language and literacy exposure to promote continued academic success?

      Our Kindergarten Boot Camp is a language and literacy-based readiness program to prepare children for the academic demands of kindergarten.  This program is run by a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and runs for 8-10 weeks during the summer.  This program is designed for children ages 3-6 that are preparing for kindergarten, are currently experiencing difficulties in their Preschool or Kindergarten classrooms, or for those children who are seeking a language and literacy enrichment program that will continue to enhance their skills in these areas of development.

      Children will participate in group activities that promote development in the following skill areas: 

      • Language and Literacy (writing/letters/reading),
      • Math (numbers/matching/colors),
      • Play (social skills, pretend play).

    8 week modules:
    $280 1 day a week (1 ½ hours) for 8 weeks
    $560 2 days a week (3 hours) for 8 weeks

    At the conclusion of the programming, you will be provided with specific information regarding your child’s level of kindergarten readiness and areas of continued need, if any.

    PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE at (714)962-6760 or email us at, or if you feel that your child would benefit from this type of programming. 
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    • Cornerstone Book Club
      We are currently starting our new language-enriched “book club” for preschool children (2.5-5 years).  Our book club allows for hands-on learning and literacy development.  Children will listen to a popular story, led by a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, while participating in hands-on learning such as making crafts, playing games, and/or making and sampling recipes to bring the story to life while interacting with peers.  At the end, parents will be given handouts for home activities to keep the learning going!  Parents will be given a list of books that will be targeted during the entire module.  Our book club modules usually run for 4-6 weeks and meet once a week for 1.5 hours.

      Cost: $80-120 per module ($20 x 4-6 weeks)
      Additional siblings receive a reduced rate
      (1st child: $20 a session, 2nd child: $10 a session.)

      PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE at (714)962-6760 or email us at, or to sign up.
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    • Lower Cost Speech and Language Groups
      Due to the current economic situation, Cornerstone Therapies is making every effort to help parents obtain affordable therapy for their children.  Therefore, we are currently offering lower cost speech and language group therapy.  Language groups are designed to address deficits in Auditory Processing, and Receptive and Expressive Language deficits.  The Speech groups are designed to address Phonological and/or Articulation Delays.

      PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE at (714)962-6760 if you feel that your child would benefit from this type of programming.
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  3. Parent Training Workshops -
    Parent Training Workshops - We offer Hanen parent training workshops (More Than Words; It Takes Two to Talk.) The program consists of a total of 8 evening classes of group training lead by a Hanen Certified Speech-Language Pathologist.  The classes are designed to teach parents how to work with their children to increase communication development.  Parents learn practical techniques to facilitate language in everyday activities.  The training also includes individual home visits which includes videotaping and feedback.
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    Please call our office to find out when the next class starts.