Summer Programs

Exciting year-round programs!

Help your child or young adult improve his/her ability to communicate, pay attention, comprehend, read, write, remember and socialize with others at Pediatric Speech and Language Specialists. Our regular services are available year round! Should you want summer help or want to add to your therapy plan, these summer programs may be just what your child needs!

Our innovative, research-based summer programs include but are not limited to:

Kamp Talkalot

Our cutting-edge program helps children and young adults, ages 3 to 11
with social learning and communication challenges. Students learn how
to work as part of a group, think flexibly and “go with the flow”,
understand how others perceive them, problem solve, develop effective
communication skills, regulate emotions, understand the “hidden rules”
and learn how to initiate and sustain conversation. Groups are formed
based on age, skill level, and compatibility.

Intensive Apraxia Program

Our 6-8 week summer program for children with Childhood Apraxia of
Speech is a very popular summer program for those children who struggle with this motor speech disorder. If your child has this diagnosis
and has great difficulty planning and producing the precise, highly
refined and specific series of movements of the tongue, lips, jaw and
palate that are necessary for intelligible speech, this program may be just
the boost your child needs.

Summer Reading Boost


Does your child guess at words and have trouble sounding out words when reading? Does your child skip words when reading or read the same word different ways when it is in the same paragraph? Does your child have trouble remembering the visual patterns for spelling? Is your child a good reader but has trouble understanding what they have read? It may be time for intensive summer reading therapy! We use nationally recognized, multi-sensory reading programs that target the needs of students who have been unsuccessful with other school reading programs or those who still have gaps in their decoding or spelling abilities.

Fast ForWord® Language and Reading Programs


A research-based series of computer exercises to develop and strengthen memory and sequencing skills, attention, and auditory processing speed. These programs are designed to help students ages 5 and older. It is done on the computer or an iPad- from your home!

Kamp Talkalot

Pediatric Speech and Language Specialists is pleased to present Kamp Talkalot! Kamp Talkalot is a social communication program for children between the ages of three and eleven held each summer in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. It is held at a school facility to allow adequate space for an indoor “motor room” (it can be 115 degrees outside!) and even a play area for “water day”. The sole focus of Kamp Talkalot is social communication! While the children are there to have fun, at this summer day camp, our goal is to improve the social communication and social cognitive skills for each and every child. This camp developed out of a strong need in our community to address social-communicative interaction in an intensive manner.

We work on social cognition and social communication using Social Thinking® and curriculum (as well as other materials) so that children can better learn to cooperate with their peers and form friendships. Children are placed in age appropriate groups and developmentally appropriate social concepts and skills are learned. The following skills may be addressed:

Social Cognitive Skills

  • Increasing Self-Awareness
  • Identifying Expected Social Behaviors
  • Understanding the Effect of One’s Behavior on Others
  • Thinking Flexibly
  • Perspective Taking
  • Understanding Hidden Social Rules
  • Reading Social Cues
  • Listening Attentively
  • How to Develop Friendships

Communication Skills

  • Asking and Answering Questions
  • Staying on Topic
  • Switching Topics
  • Processing of Information
  • Formulation and Sequencing of Thoughts in Conversations
  • Reasoning and Problem Solving

Cooperating With Peers

  • Negotiating with Peers
  • Being a Good Leader and Participant
  • Taking Turns
  • Good Sportsmanship
  • Responding To Teasing

Kamp Talkalot is an innovative program for children designed to help children with social communication challenges gain knowledge about how to use language more appropriately for interactive communication. Kamp Talkalot is a positive and fun experience where skills are learned and practiced, friends are made, and new doors in the world of communication are opened for each child.

Just to let you know…At PSLS, we love Social Thinking®! Social Thinking® is a term coined by Michelle Garcia Winner, CCC-SLP and represents a coordinated teaching methodology consisting of curricula, vocabulary, teaching tools, and strategies for individuals aged preschool through adults. Learn more at Social Thinking®. In 2008, our PSLS director, Anita Werner, participated in the Social Thinking® Mentoring program and attends the yearly Social Thinking® Conference held in California, bringing back the most up-to-date information, current trends and treatment in the area of Social Thinking®. Additionally, Anita presented at the International Social Thinking® Providers Conference about Kamp Talkalot in June 2010 and about Color Me Social®, a Social Communication program she has developed (2015). Anita works closely with PSLS staff on social learning instruction, strategies and implementation. That being said, it is important to note that, this program, including its teacher or leader, is not affiliated with, nor has it been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by Michelle Garcia Winner and Think Social Publishing, Inc.

Intensive Apraxia Program

This program is designed for children with a diagnosis of verbal apraxia of speech. These children may not be able to coordinate the oral motor movements necessary to produce and combine these units to form syllables, words, phrases, and sentences. These children may be unable to speak or simply hard to understand.

The signs and symptoms of apraxia may include:

  • Limited or lack of babbling or sound play as an infant
  • Phoneme replacements or deletions
  • Limited repertoire of sounds to make words
  • Oral scanning and groping
  • Able to produce isolated sounds but not put them in words
  • Difficulty moving across syllables to make words
  • Strings of words may result in unintelligible or difficult to understand speech

Children with apraxia need an intensive intervention experience! This program is designed as an intense summer experience. Children receive therapy four days a week for a period of six to eight weeks. This clinical program focuses on the evaluation and treatment of children with apraxia of speech. Motor planning based methods, strategies, and techniques will be used for intervention. The therapists implementing this program have strong skills in this motor planning approach for apraxia. A personalized treatment plan is developed for each child.

Summer Reading Boost

Does your child guess at words and have trouble sounding out words when reading?

Many children can not “crack the code” to figure out the rules for reading. These children lack awareness of sounds in words, the order of the sounds and sequence of syllables. They have a weakness in phonological awareness or the ability to extract the sounds out of words.

Does your child skip words when reading or have difficulty remembering the visual pattern of words for spelling?

This ability to remember the visual patterns of words is necessary for rapidly processing sounds in words is symbol imagery. It is essential for spelling and sight word recognition. Without good symbol imagery for sounds in words, the reader has a slower reading rate and poor reading fluency.

Does your child read well, but have difficulty remembering or understanding what they have read?

Your child may feel as if what they have read goes “in one ear and out the other”. They may be forced to read and re-read to get the main idea and details of their reading material. Your child may not be able to read for meaning because they are unable to form the visual images from what they have read. Visualization skills are directly related to language comprehension for both reading and listening skills. Sensory information connects language and thought, helping the individual to create mental images required for comprehension. Additionally, vocabulary, understanding of grammar and syntax, and semantics may also play a role in reading comprehension challenges!

We see the reading process as a jigsaw puzzle and use a multisensory approach to discover how to put the reading puzzle together. Our reading intervention programs are designed to strengthen your child’s skills. Call for a summer placement now!

Fast ForWord® Language and Reading Programs

Did you know that struggling readers need 10x-30x more practice to catch up to grade-level peers? Unlike other approaches, Fast ForWord is a reading intervention program that is uniquely designed to help pre-readers and struggling readers by directly and intensively targeting what is holding them back. The program begins by improving the underlying cognitive skills associated with reading struggle and then delivers personalized, intensive practice across a wide range of language and reading tasks to help students make rapid improvement that continues long after they are finished with the program.

Intensively Targeting the Skills Struggling Readers Need to Catch Up
* Phonological processing
* Working memory and sustained attention
* Phonemic awareness and phonics
* Sequencing
* Academic vocabulary and complex grammar
* Guided oral reading support

Summer is the perfect time for this intervention program! If you’re interested in learning more about Fast ForWord and how it helps struggling readers improve their skills, let us know! We’re happy to schedule a personal demonstration.

We’re happy to schedule a free personal demonstration.