SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY IN OAKLAND, CA

Helping children and adults improve their speech and communication for over two decades

It’s never too late for speech and language intervention

When it comes to speech and language challenges, early intervention achieves the best results. That’s not to say that intervention starting in later years will be ineffective. If you or your loved one need speech and language assistance, the best time is always right now. So reach out to Seven Bridges Therapy today to learn more about what we can do for you.

Our compassionate and highly experienced speech and language experts will provide you with an assessment and a recommended course of action. When you become a client of Seven Bridges Therapy, we will tailor a treatment plan that enables you or a loved one to achieve greater confidence and success in academic, social, and/or business environments.

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Why choose Seven Bridges?

Seven Bridges Therapy is a family-centered speech and language therapy provider that has been serving Oakland and the surrounding areas for over two decades. We take pride in our completely individualized and tailored approach to therapy program development, which ensures that you get the exact care you need.

Our experienced pathologists will evaluate and diagnose speech, language, or communication disorders you or a loved one might have and provide further guidance and appropriate treatments.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you or a loved one has difficulty with self-regulation and/or social learning, struggling with language use and feeling uncomfortable in social situations is common. There may also be difficulties engaging in appropriate social interactions, and uncertainty on how to act or “be” with other people.

Our speech and language pathologists are skilled in working with all forms of language, including pragmatic language. Although you or your loved one may not exhibit a speech or language delay, social learning therapy can still help support or improve social communication. For instance, if someone is struggling with getting along with others, joining in with peers, and participating in social events, our speech pathologists can teach the patient to better understand social environments and how to navigate them with more ease.

Social learning therapy can improve the lives of individuals living with:

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Nonverbal learning disorder (NLD)
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD),
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Other language disabilities (including those with undiagnosed social learning challenges or social-cognitive thinking deficits)

Poor social thinking can create difficulties in all areas of life, but it has particularly severe negative impacts on the educational experience. Some of the challenges one might face include:

  • Difficulty understanding the perspective of the teacher and other students in group activities
  • Poor organization, poor or nonexistent time management, and difficulty transitioning from one activity to the next (executive functioning skills)
  • Difficulty interpreting and responding appropriately to a lesson or question
  • Problems understanding the implicit or unwritten social rules of school environments (classroom, hallway, recess, cafeteria, assembly, school dances)
  • Challenges with reading, writing, or history because of attention, organization, literal thinking, sequencing, or perspective-taking difficulties
  • Hesitancy or inability to ask for help when needed

The signs of social-cognitive challenges can range from subtle to overt. They may include:

  • Social anxiety and/or low self-esteem
  • Disinterest in others; few or no friends
  • Inability to read or interpret body language and facial expressions
  • Excessively talking about him/herself and/or specific subjects in too much detail
  • Inability to take the listener’s perspective
  • Inability to understand or express feelings
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Lack of self-control/self-regulation
  • Inability to answer open-ended questions, such as “What happened?”
  • Inability to engage in a conversational exchange
  • Difficulty with abstract language, including verbal problem solving (why, when, how do you know?), double meanings, innuendos, jokes, and colloquialisms (such as “You hit the nail on the head”)
  • Poor academics in areas of reading comprehension, history, writing, etc.
  • Weak organizational and/or time management skills, and difficulty prioritizing tasks
Seven Bridges Therapy offers a range of social learning services and playgroups that accommodate clients from ages 5 to adult. Groupings are determined with great care by our therapists after a consultation and review of the client’s history is conducted. We also provide individual sessions for those who need more direct support.
Our groups are composed of two to five clients who are matched according to their age, maturity, cognitive level, and level of social awareness. We carefully structure our groups to avoid anxiety for the clients involved and to ensure that the lessons are appropriately geared to all members of a group. Each group meets once per week for 30–60 minutes, and each session concludes with a parent wrap-up during which the therapist goes over the lesson for the week and the concepts to be reinforced outside of therapy. This parental involvement is a crucial component of our approach and another differentiator that sets Seven Bridges Therapy apart from other programs.

We offer a wide variety of additional services, including:

  • Full, comprehensive social communication evaluations
  • Parent consultation, education, and support
  • Individual therapy
If you are interested in a service not listed here, please contact us to inquire about availability.

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Seven Bridges Therapy

  • 345 38th St.
    Oakland, CA 94609
  • 510 250-9199

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