Watching a little one grow, learn to mimic sounds and begin to form words is an exciting time for parents. But some children, for a variety of reasons, require help to produce clear and understandable speech.
Luckily, Bucks County has Jennifer Niemeyer, M.S., CCC-SLP, to guide and support their development. Working from a spacious and inviting office attached to her Yardley home, Jennifer created a calm and supportive atmosphere that encourages clients to relax and become receptive to her playful mix of therapies.
“With children, work takes the form of play, because that’s how they learn best,” she said with a ready smile.
Certified through ASHA (American Speech Language and Hearing Association) and licensed in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Jennifer is experienced in PROMPT (PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) therapy and works with a range of techniques to address a multitude of patient diagnoses that affect communication.
“Whether working with a child who experiences Childhood Apraxia of Speech, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), autism spectrum disorder, stuttering, or who requires support in central auditory processing, I have found that little changes in a child’s environment can allow for large improvements in his or her skills and ability to successfully interact with the world,” Jennifer explained.
This is one reason that parents and other family members are welcome to participate in therapy sessions, so that techniques and helpful tips can be continued at home. Jennifer considers families part of the team supporting the client’s goal of successful communication.
To that end, she also educates families on ways that schools, daycare or other participants in the patient’s daily life might enact small adjustments that can advance speech and language sills.
Jennifer uses games, art, cooking projects and other engaging play to mirror natural situations, bridging the gap between office therapy and real life, and allowing skills and techniques to be readily transferred to other settings.
A parent of one of her clients is so happy with his therapy that she considers engaging Jennifer as “The best decision I ever made!” and offered these comments:
“My son, who has a diagnosis of verbal and oral apraxia, as well as autism, was non-verbal (with very few sounds) at four-and-a-half, when we first started working with Jennifer. Jennifer’s therapy is direct and fun for my son and she was able to wake up his mouth. After only a month he has begun making more sounds and has started the beginning of word approximations. I look forward to our sessions every week, and words cannot express my excitement when I watch him work with Jennifer and think about his future. I feel very lucky to find someone so qualified in her field.”
Despite her impressive credentials, years of clinical and private experience and a wealth of knowledge in treating a wide range of speech and language-based disorders, perhaps one of the most important assets of Jennifer’s practice is her caring, patient and positive attitude and obvious joy in guiding her patients’ success.
“Communication is how we move through life; without it we’re on our own,” stated Jennifer.
While many of Jennifer’s clients are doctor referrals, she encourages parents who are worried about their child’s speech, listening or reading skills to contact her.
“I have many conversational calls with parents, and while I can’t diagnose over the phone, I can either calm fears or aid in the search for help,” Jennifer explained with empathy.
Jennifer may be contacted at her practice, Yardley Speech and Language, 103 Eton Road, Yardley, by calling 215-428-2777.
PHOTO CAP: Jennifer Niemeyer, M.S., CCC-SLP