Service sector

Shelton business expands as service demands increase

SHELTON – Children’s ability to master communication is important in their development, and a Shelton speech therapy and therapy operation has developed to meet this ever-growing need.

As families learn more about the benefits of pediatric speech therapy and occupational therapy, CT’s speech therapy group and rehabilitation services have seen an increase in service requests, leading the company to expand its staff and move to a larger space at 10 Progress Drive.

“Our practice has grown steadily over the past few years with the addition of occupational therapy, physical therapy and applied behavior analysis services,” said Rachel Criscuolo, owner and speech-language pathologist.

“The old space was great when we only offered speeches, but as our clients’ needs grew, expansion was necessary for all of us,” she added. “We are delighted to have been able to move to Shelton and to keep the move as close as possible for our families and staff.”

CT Speech Therapy Group and Rehabilitation Services had been in the space on Beard Sawmill Road since 2015 before opening their new facility earlier this month.

The company’s speech therapy service primarily caters to the pediatric population, but the adult population — which began to grow during COVID — now accounts for about 3% of total business. Occupational, physical and ABA therapies are all pediatric.

“When we started, we only offered speech therapy and aquatic therapy,” Criscuolo said. “We began to expand into other services as requests poured in from our current families, doctors’ offices and new clients. So eventually, as we started offering more services in our space, our customer base grew.

“We see many references from our current and former families, telling our family and friends about us,” she added.

Criscuolo said the business has two locations – one in Shelton and another at 519 Heritage Road in Southbury. She said they also have a partnership with the Center for Children with Special Needs in Glastonbury, where its staff offer speech therapy services to their clients.

“We also have many therapists working regularly in multiple school districts across the state,” Criscuolo said, adding that overall they have 75 staff between the two sites who see more than 200 patients.

This short distance relocation allowed her team to go from six therapy rooms and minimal waiting room space to a newly updated 5,000 square foot office that has over 13 therapy rooms for the speech, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and applied behavior. analysis.

“This space also allowed the entire administrative team to return to the office and work cohesively in the establishment,” Criscuolo said. “In addition to this new renovation, we are currently working on the on-site indoor aquatherapy pool which will soon be offering aqua therapies again to our guests.”

Criscuolo said families find that speech and other services benefit everyone.

Pediatric speech therapy, she says, helps treat children with communication problems, both in the way they speak and in their understanding of communication. Speech therapy also treats oral motor issues, such as chewing and swallowing, as well as articulation, auditory processing, and social skills.

“It’s very common for us to work with children whose parents point out that they are picky eaters or that they dislike certain textures and colors of food,” she said.

“Occupational therapy is a great service for children to help them play, improve their academic performance and help them with daily activities,” she added. “OT helps them develop their fine motor skills and will help them with good writing or computer skills.”

The new clinic will not only provide the necessary space for current staff and clients, but will also give them space to accept new clients and begin new programs.

Currently, the company is finalizing plans for the full-time kindergarten readiness program that will operate in the ABA sector, as well as adding individualized and group transgender voice sessions this summer.

“We always seek to provide cutting-edge services that support our families and our communities,” Criscuolo said. “These are two areas that we believe need support from clinicians as well as many potential new clients calling.”

The Kindergarten Readiness program allows for group sessions that will help children become more prepared for a traditional school environment in their future.

“Our program is for patients with an autism diagnosis who can also receive individual services with us in addition to the preparedness program,” she said. “It’s a huge help for parents and not having to move the kids to multiple places throughout the day.”

Voice therapy, she said, can be a way for transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive people to alter the tone and pitch of their voice.

“Voice therapy encompasses a series of non-surgical interventions used to alter key components of verbal speech that can help a person audibly assert their gender,” she said. “We will be offering individualized sessions as well as a monthly vocal group where our patients can work together to achieve their goals successfully.”