Magpie Speech Therapy has always believed in following E.B.P. (Evidence Based Practice) not as a matter of choice but a principle in its work style. Using non-realistic/ non-meaningful table top activities is not acceptable. A successful intervention plan begins with a detailed and thorough assessment to baseline the existing skills. The What, Why & How should be clear. Tell Me, Show Me, Involve Me and I Will Still Test It..... and Only Then Believe It
Our Approach is a mix of child led activities and direct teaching focus. Unlike schools of thought where "materials/toys" are the central characters, we carefully choose natural real life activities and replace toys as minimal teaching aids/accessories. Socially Interactive, dynamic activities with specific targeted language are the most significant factors for the child's social-emotional development. It enables the child to quickly generalize/use a newly learnt skill with a new person in a new environment.
Our Work Place: We wanted the décor of our center to be kid friendly, colorful, warm, welcoming……the list was endless. Above all, we wanted to keep the parents in mind too. Transparency and visibility in every therapy room making it accessible and comforting for parents was critical. Parents spend a major part of their day traversing therapy centers in midst of the maddening Bengaluru traffic and their child’s unexpected meltdowns. They need to uphold enthusiasm and energy to successfully be a part of the therapy session and support the efforts of the SLP. And that’s when the idea of Motivational Walls took birth. We consciously decided Magpie had to have the most amazing set of quotes celebrating children, their spirit, the parents, the therapists and the “Never Give Up” attitude in all of us.
Team Magpie: Magpie has built a fantastic team and also maintained it with aplomb! The credit goes to each one of us for not trying to hog the limelight rather motivating and sharing credit for achievements. Brainstorming around roadblocks and taking care of each other, at the same time supporting the children and their families. All our therapists are highly trained and certified in multiple approaches, driven by their own passion and interest. Our therapists are selected by a rigorous interview process to match our golden standards.
Our Processes: A weekly meeting to brainstorm challenges and review progress is a must at our work place. Since we are a BIG team, we use this to our advantage by making sure we take informed clinical decisions & share ideas. All our therapists have weekly meetings with Namrata Pai (Founder) and monthly meetings with parents to discuss progress and next action plan. We constantly train ourselves with therapy tools & techniques that have been researched and proven in the field of communication intervention.
Data-Driven Therapy: Therapy is becoming more & more data-driven. Because of advancements in science, an increasing number of therapists can now rely on data to improve their performance and clinical outcomes. There is already evidence that using data-driven therapy may not only improve client recovery outcomes, but also widen access to treatment. Our approach uses data analytics techniques to provide personalized services. We have integrated a validation process for each outcome into the framework. Check out more about Data-Driven Therapy here.
Secret Sauce of MAGPIE Programs
The following international programs are at the CORE of Magpie Therapy Practices. We seek out latest research/evidence based global programs and constantly upgrade our skills, thus creating a carefully curated IEP for our esteemed clientele. This is a continuous improvement process.
The Hanen Center
Magpie Speech Therapy has many Hanen certified program leaders. We have conducted numerous training programs at our center & online.
Structured Teaching by Tim Academy
We use “Structured Teaching” to develop instructional strategies to support and promote learning in children with Autism. It is based on a program given by TIM Academy which advocates the use of research based methods including: Structured Teaching, ABA, Picture Exchange communication Systems, and Sensory integration.
Namrata Pai, The founder of MAGPIE has the unique distinction of being the first Indian clinician to get trained by Social Thinking Center, Boston USA. It is a program for children and teenagers with High Functioning Autism, Aspergers, ADHD, Anxiety and other disorders which impacts social interaction skills.
We are trained in Play Therapy by the National Play Therapy Association of India. We incorporate principles of Play work in our IEPs.
TalkTools® provides Oral-Placement Therapy (OPT) techniques, training and products to clients, therapists and parents. Their therapy techniques add a tactile component to feeding and speech therapy, enabling clients to “feel” the movements necessary for the development of speech clarity
PROMPT, an acronym for PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets, is a multidimensional approach to speech production disorders has come to embrace not only the well-known physical-sensory aspects of motor performance, but also its cognitive-linguistic and social-emotional aspect
Picture Exchange Communication System (P.E.C.S.)
PECS begins by teaching an individual to give a picture of a desired item to a “communicative partner", who immediately honors the exchange as a request. The system goes on to teach discrimination of pictures and how to put them together in sentences. In the more advanced phases, individuals are taught to answer questions and comment.