Specialties & Certifications

At CCL we offer the following treatment approaches.  We incorporate evidence-based practices and cutting edge approaches in order to serve our clients and their families.


EmPOWER™: A Strategy for Teaching Expository Writing EmPOWER is a systematic method that teaches the skills and strategies for the prewriting and writing processes of: generating, planning, organizing, and writing and revising expository writing, all integrated with the demands of executive function and self-regulation. These discrete EmPOWER strategies can be integrated with reading comprehension of texts and tasks and, as such, are applied to school-based writing tasks for obtaining academic success. Students who especially demonstrate language learning disabilities and/or executive function disorders will benefit from this systematic method

Website: www.architectsforlearning.com


Fast ForWord® : Fast ForWord products were developed  by neuroscientists to help train the brain. Computer generated programs that adapt to the performance of the child focus on building foundational working memory, attention, processing and sequencing skills. These programs have been used by students ages 5- 21 who exhibit difficulties with reading, language and learning problems. Currently there are two series: Fast Forword Language and Literacy series and Fast ForWord to Reading series. Research has demonstrated average gains of 1-2 years in language and reading skills upon completion of the program

Website: www.scilearn.com


NEURO-DEVELOPMENTAL TREATMENT: Neuro-developmental treatment  (NDT) is a therapeutic approach in treating children and adolescents with   impairments  such as cerebral palsy, developmental delay and other neurological disorders.. NDT addresses the postural and movement problems with the goal of improvement in the functional ability and performance of the child. Physical, occupational and/or speech language pathologists are certified upon completion of an NDTA certificate course.

Website: www.ndta.org


Oral Placement Therapy:Oral Placement Therapy as defined by Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson is a type of oral motor therapy that targets the movements needed for feeding and speech clarity.  In addition, this approach provides strategies that focus on the tactile and proprioceptive sensory systems. Talk Tools® has developed products to support the hierarchal approach of oral placement therapy.  This muscle-based program   addresses phonation, articulation and feeding skills through the use of horns, bubbles, straws and other oral-motor products

Website: www.talktools.com


Phono-Graphix®:This research based programas described by the program co-founders, Carmen and Geoffrey MacGuinness is a system used to teach reading decoding via use of strategies so the child can “learn how to read effectively by recognizing the sounds that letters and words represent.”Techniques are used for the child to be able to “discover the sound-picture code that is the foundation of the written English language.”

Website: www.phono-graphix.com


PROMPT: (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) is a technique that uses tactile cues to a patient’s articulators (jaw, tongue, lips) to  guide them through  production of sounds, words,  phrases or sentence. The technique focuses on developing motor control and the facilitation of proper oral muscular movements. It is considered to be a holistic approach that assist the child in acquiring functional communication skills. Speech Language Pathologists are the only professionals who are trained in this method.

Website: www.promptinstitute.com


RAVE-O: A Systematic Fluency and Comprehension Intervention: Retrieval, Automaticity, Vocabulary, Engagement-Orthography This program focuses on the teaching and mastering of reading fluency. RAVE-O targets language components in reading: phonology, orthography, semantics, syntax, and morphology and cognitive factors like attention, memory, and automaticity to facilitate reading and reading fluency. This language-based and systematic approach and its specific techniques are used to facilitate fluent reading, which in turn improves reading comprehension, which is the key to academic performance and success.

Website: http://ase.tufts.edu/crlr/RAVE-O/


Social Thinking®: Social Thinking was developed by Michelle Garcia Winner CCC-SLP, and  is a framework and curriculum that focuses on teaching the “why” behind the social skill. This approach requires the individual to understand that people have thoughts about them, that their behavior affects how others think about them and that they can change a person’s thoughts about them by changing their behavior. Social thinking plays a role in social situations as well as in academic performance.

Website: www.socialthinking.com


Story Grammar Marker®(SGM) is the foundation of MindWing’s cognitive-linguistic methodology. This approach can assist children in grades 2- 6 to develop the skills of narration, conversation, and exposition. The manipulative tools and resources developed by MindWing’s Concepts facilitates the skills necessary for academic and social success of every student.

Website: www.mindwingconcepts.com


VERBAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY: Verbal Behavior Therapy is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and the theories of B.F. Skinner to teach and reinforce language based skills. The focus is to help the child understand the power of communication by realizing that language will get him what he wants.  The child learns how to use words to make requests and communicate with significant people in his/herenvironment.  Growth in the child’s language abilities would then impact his/her behavior and lead to more positive outcomes. Drs.Mark Sundberg, Jim Partington, and Vince Carbone,BCBA-D have conducted and published research on verbal behavior, much of which can be found in The Analysis of Verbal Behavior journal.

Website: www.thecarboneclinic.com


WILSON Reading System®: This is a “research based methodology” and “systematic, multi-sensory structured language approach” used to teach students reading decoding and spelling”using a straightforward, experiential learning approach.” across age and grade levels.

Website: www.wilsonlanguage.com