Nature’s Communication Center is an exclusive premier facility with premium selected and experienced speech language pathology therapists. Our practice is not about serving high volumes of patients at one time and having slow therapy progress.
Nature’s Communication Center believes in building strong relationships to effectively communicate as an intervention team in order to enhance the growth, development, and rehabilitation of individuals with communication barriers through a natural holistic approach.
Nature's Communication Center was established in January 2008 by the Founder and CEO, Kristin Perkins. Kristin Perkins is a MS Speech Language Pathologist and holds the American Speech and Hearing Association’s Certificate of Clinical Competency. The foundation of Nature's Communication Center was built upon three principles: to provide therapeutic services using a holistic model, to provide communication partner training effectively, and to provide a healthy, positive work environment for all employees.
Upon the development of our unique service delivery model, Ms. Perkins referenced Bloom and Cooperman’s model of the Synergistic Approach for Fluency, various Communication Partner Training materials and research, and Eastern modalities for medical interventions. With the combination of research and evidence based practices in separate interracial components, Nature’s Communication Center's holistic model was developed and founded. This model is drastically different than the typical medical model of intervention that is taught and used throughout the United States. This model is legally owned, copyrighted, and currently becoming legally secured by Nature’s Communication Center as being a new unique service delivery model. Therefore, only businesses titled Nature’s Communication Center will be able to administer this service delivery model.
In the common medical model, the patient is provided individualized care or a therapy plan to specifically address their needs or physiologic breakdown. The patients are seen one time per week for varying durations. The caregivers are not typically involved in the intervention process or in the room during the administration of the intervention. The caregivers are debriefed at the end of the session of what occurred during the session. Once the patient has mastered the intervention goals established, a maintenance phase begins which is specially designed for generalization and carry over to ensure the patient has successfully mastered the goals and can independently execute them on a constant continual basis. During the maintenance phase, the patient is typically reduced in services as it is the final step to completing the therapy intervention program. The entire medical model relies on the medical professional to accomplish and correct the physiological breakdown independently.
The Holistic Model: is multi-faceted and is comprised of three main components for targeting the patient’s individualized care. The three areas addressed are; Speech and Language or the physiological breakdown, Attitudes and Feelings or the psychological association to the physiological disturbance, and Environmental or the generalization and communication partner training. These components in turn are delivered in a high frequency per week with varying duration times. The medical professionals and care givers (communication partners) work as a team to administer the individualized care, therefore creating more opportunities to address the treatment plan’s goals. From the moment our patients start on their therapy path, the holistic approach is administered. We value building strong relationships in the beginning, with not only the patients but with their communication partners/caregivers. Communication partners and/or caregivers are required to attend and be present within the therapy session. This allows the medical professional to have communication partner training opportunities. During the intervention path, the communication partner is trained to confidently execute the individualized treatment plan in any environment, teach the facilitation of these intervention techniques, and communicate effectively to other professionals or communication partners the intervention plan established between the caregiver/ communication partner and the medical professional. Together as a team we create generalization activities and opportunities from the beginning of therapy through the Environmental goal so that there is not a maintenance phase at the end of therapy. It is proven that when you generalize from the beginning of therapy the patient progresses faster through their intervention goals. In addition to progressing faster, the patient is increasing their confidence, self-esteem, or Attitudes and Feelings, associated with their communication disturbance. The holistic model defines the patient’s life patterns and utilizes these patterns or attributes to assess and deliver individualized therapy on a daily basis.
Communication Partner Training: is defined as any individual that plays a significant role in our patient’s life. It is common to hear the term, “Parent training” but if a medical professional is providing “Parent training” they are solely training a Parent. How does this then effect our adult populations or other caregivers? We utilize a variety of tools to identify and define the roles and relationships our patients have with all the significant people in their lives. By doing this, we are able to improve relationships, communication, and increase opportunities for the intervention plan to be administered within a variety of environments. Nature’s Communication Center believes that the only way to provide effective Communication Partner Training is to have the significant partners present, participating, assessing, reiterating information, asking questions, executing the goal or task with the Clinician present, and following up with their independent results with the Clinician within a two day time frame. It is imperative to have a follow-up within a short period of time because most Communication Partners are extremely busy and we don’t want the learned information lost or environmental data altered. Typically, the Communication Partner will have questions as to the execution of the targeted goal and/or need help with scaffolding (modifying into small achievable steps) the target. Research shows when the targeted goal is executed multiple times throughout the day with multiple Communication Partners the patient will have a significant increase in acquiring their goals at a faster rate.
Because our treatment model is uniquely different, we naturally create an environment full of excitement and progress. Our patients are excited, their families and communication partners are excited, and it in turn makes our team excited.
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