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At PSL, we respect the needs of each patient. In a warm and comfortable atmosphere, Caryl Brief utilizes her wide variety of clinical expertise to evaluate and treat children and teens with a need to improve their speech, language and brain functioning. Sessions are individualized and private. Small social language groups are occasionally formed for those diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism.



PSL offers expertise in:

Lisps (S), W for R, W for L and other consonants where the child may distort, substitute or omit sounds.


Receptive Language Disorders: Difficulty understanding oral or written information. The symptoms vary between children but, generally, problems with language comprehension usually begin before the age of four years. Children need to understand spoken language before they can use language effectively. Some examples of receptive language disorder are difficulty understanding syntactical and grammatical rules, vocabulary, difficulty understanding and retaining information especially as the information becomes longer and more complex.


Expressive Language Disorders: Difficulty conveying information in speech, and writing. The child may not use correct grammar, may produce very short phrases and sentences, and may have a small vocabulary. Usually Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders coexist. 


Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder. Children with CAS have problems saying sounds, syllables, and words. This is not because of muscle weakness or paralysis. The brain has problems planning to move the body parts (e.g., lips, jaw, tongue) needed for speech.


Children and Teens with a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism have social and non-verbal communication disorders. They have difficulty with conversation such as turn taking, “getting stuck on a subject”, speaking too loudly or softly, and over reacting to situation.


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