Gray Consulting and Therapy, LLC provides consultation, evaluation, training, therapy, and specialty services to school districts.
Gray Consulting and Therapy, LLC provides consultation, evaluation, training, therapy, and specialty services to school districts. Consultation packages provide your district with consultation services at regular intervals. This flexible block of time gives your district control to spread services across students, classrooms, buildings, teams, and/or administrators, in a way that makes sense for your district’s assistive technology priorities.
SPECIALIZED DISTRICT-WIDE PROJECTS
EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING COACHING
Gray Consulting and Therapy specializes in ADD/ADHD and offers Executive Functioning Coaching. Services are provided for children, adolescents and adults. Coaching sessions are available in our office or online. Coaching sessions provide individuals with the opportunity to develop skills and strategies to embed in their daily lives, as well as support and accountability to ensure success.
In conjunction with Executive Functioning Coaching, services are available for parents as well as school districts. Parents can receive support in understanding, preparing for, and during evaluation and IEP meetings. Gray Consulting and Therapy also provides in-school/in-district consultations and training sessions for teachers and parent groups.
CONSULTATIVE SERVICE PACKAGE OPTIONS
Consultative Packages Include any combination of:
- Support for existing technology, augmentative communication, and solutions for reading and writing
- Exploring new solutions with teams
- Direct instruction/therapy for students learning to use assistive technology or augmentative communication
- Formal Evaluation/Consultation Services
- Individual student consultations
- Student meeting participation
- Team training/staff development
- Programmatic or classroom consultation
- Device programming and technical support
- System wide consultation regarding augmentative communication services, assistive technology or system policies and procedures in these areas
- Documentation and notes regarding services discussed and any recommendations, along with a plan for next steps
Consultative Packages are available on a Monthly or Weekly Basis:
- 1/2 day (up to 3 hours) per month; 10 visits per year
- 1 day (up to 7 hours) per month; 10 visits per year
- 2 days per month (up to 14 hours); 20 visits per year
- 3 days per month (up to 21 hours); 30 visits per year
- 1/2 day per week (up to 3 hours), 35 visits per year
- 1 day per week (up to 7 hours), 35 visits per year
Custom packages are also available. If your district’s needs do not fit this model, please call and we will work with you to meet your needs. Please note that Consultative Packages do not include pursuing third party (i.e., Medicaid, private insurance) funding for technology.
Benefits of a Consultative Package include:
- The flexibility to change priorities without additional paperwork or rescheduling. Examples might include staff changes mid-year, or when a new student moves into district.
- The consultant can provide “big picture” input to districts for sustainable change over time.
- For various reasons, a formal evaluation might not be appropriate or even necessary. However, a student or team a may benefit from input from the consultant. Having the ability to problem-solve and brainstorm with the consultant without a formal evaluation saves time and financial resources.
- Regularly scheduled services reduce coordination demands; services are scheduled out for the year.
- Teams can explore and trial solutions in a timely manner.
Formal Services include a written report and evaluator participation in a Team Meeting to review testing. Formal Evaluation Services may be included or added onto consultation packages. This includes direct and indirect (report writing, scoring, record review, team interview, observation) time and can range from 8-15 hours, depending on complexity. Gray Consulting and Therapy, LLC clinicians refer AT/AAC evaluations that are beyond the scope of practice of the evaluating clinician.
- Initial or Triennial Speech and Language Evaluations: These evaluations are available for teams who want an evaluation for students with complex communication needs. They are also available to students with traditional speech language disorders, as part of the special education process. We are able to offer this service to middle and high school students with language learning or speech-language disabilities. Evaluations are available to students of any age who use augmentative communication.
- Assistive Technology Consultations/Evaluations: Assist teams with implementing assistive technology for a specific purpose. These evaluations are focused on identifying solutions to specific tasks.
- Augmentative Communication Consultations/Evaluations: Consultations and evaluations are available for teams who are looking to better implement augmentative communication in the school setting. This may include better use of low or high tech augmentative communication systems that are already in place, or assisting teams with exploring different technology if what is in place isn’t working. Services are focused on specific questions that the team would like answered. Evaluations are written for educational planning purposes, not third party funding (i.e, insurance, Medicaid) of augmentative communication devices.
PRESENTING AND TRAINING SERVICES
Let us customize a training for your next early release or professional development day. We have extensive experience presenting on the local, regional, and national level. Workshops and trainings are available to meet district training needs on early release days and professional development days. We offer half and full day trainings.
The following is a list of potential topics that can be covered:
- Augmentative Alternative Communication
- Adapting Books for Emergent Literacy
- Emergent Reading and Writing for students using Augmentative Communication
- Assistive Technology for reading and writing
- How to include Assistive Technology in an IEP
- Goal writing for Augmentative communication or Assistive Technology
- What is Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning?
Past Presentation Topics:
- Writing with All You’ve Got: Fostering Emergent Writing for Students who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): RESNA Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, June, 2017
- Language Strategies & Adapting Books for Early Numeracy Skills Ages 2-4: SERESC, Bedford, NH, January 26, 2016
- Language Strategies & Adapting Books for Early Numeracy Skills Ages 5-6: SERESC, Bedford, NH, January 26, 2016
- Assistive Technology for Early Literacy Skills: SERESC, Bedford, NH, April 16, 2015
- Assistive Technology and the IEP: ATECH Services, Concord, NH, November 2014
- Assistive Technology in the Schools: Yearlong grant-funded training coordinator, with Salem, Londonderry and Claremont School Districts participating, ATECH Services, Concord, NH, 2014-2015
- AAC 101: Introduction to AAC: NH Family Support Conference, Bretton Woods, NH, May, 2009
- Assistive Technology for Executive Functioning: Windham School District, Windham, NH December, 2013
- AAC Evaluation Considerations and Technology Features Overview: Hooksett School District, Hooksett, NH, March, 2008
- Digitized Dynamic Display Devices: Who Uses Them, Anyway? ASHA Convention, Boston, MA November 2007
- AAC Exploration and Assessment Considerations: UNH Graduate Students, Durham, NH March, 2007
- Assistive Technology in the Schools: NHSTE’s Technology in Special Education Conference, Bedford, NH, March 2007
- AAC Assessment and Use in the Classroom: Derry School District, Derry, NH, November 2005
- Assistive Technology Training: Spaulding Youth Center, Northfield, NH, June, July, and August, 2004
- AAC Switches and Device Use for Kids: Rehabilitation Equipment Associates, Manchester, NH April, 2004
For students who need services outside of their school environment, therapy services are available at our office during the school day. Speech language therapy is available for upper-elementary, middle, and high schoolers with language learning disabilities, speech language disorders, and students of all ages who use augmentative alternative communication.
We also provide training to students learning assistive technology and online tools such as Google Drive and extensions, Bookshare, speech-to-text and text-to-speech programs.
Who can benefit from Executive Functioning Coaching?
- The child with the backpack or locker or bedroom that is about to explode
- The teenager who gets the assignment correct but doesn’t get full credit because the work is constantly turned in late
- The child who is responding to the conversation out in the hall but has no idea what the teacher just said
- The adult whose filing system includes many vertical stacks, typically “knows” where things are, but often can’t lay a finger on what is needed when it is needed
- The individual who doesn’t remember they have to be somewhere until the last second, and typically shows up late
- The person who has a difficult time navigating a large, noisy crowd of people without having an emotional response
- The kid who feels they are “smarter” than most of their friends but can’t figure out why they are doing better in school
- The child/teenager/adult who is so convinced that they “can’t do it” because they have hit the wall so many times
What does Executive Functioning Coaching include?
- Vocabulary and phrases to help the individual express and dialogue about his/her
- Strategy development and planning for daily situations
- Skill building which is scaffolded for stable and consistent application
- Transferable skills which can readily be applied in the now and in the future
- Closed-loop communication to provide accountability
- Correct amount of support at every level of achievement
- Ability to work toward independent application of gained skills and strategies
- Development of personal and academic confidence