Speech therapy and a passion for language that develops imagination and problem solving.
How can we reach someone who does not understand the world around them and does not feel understood? Language is the tool we use to communicate our ideas to others- to bring those ideas clearly out to the world around us. Imagination Therapy, LLC, hopes to provide real experiences rooted in brain-based language training and therapy. Many people struggle to develop solutions independently because they do not have the words to describe their problems. They can't ask for help because they don't know how to express their wants and needs, or might not even understand that there is a need. Executive function, or the brain's ability to organize, prioritize, manage time and make decisions (1), requires a broad skill set including effective language and vocabulary for predicting and planning.
A basic communication model includes a sender, a receiver and a message. There are many other considerations including context, noise and feedback to name just a few (2). Yet, to send or receive a message, the communicators have to agree on the language of the message and provide a ready environment for both the speaker and the listener. Language collaboration puts two minds on the same page. Language helps us understand our own thoughts. and communicate them to others. When we understand and can describe our own feelings and needs we feel empowered, independent and motivated. When we feel that someone else understands our feelings and needs we reduce or eliminate frustration, aggression, isolation, and hopelessness. We can manage ourselves and our projects.
Imagination, collaboration, organization, communication, creation. I believe the brain can continue to grow and develop at any age. Brain development is a scientific frontier of largely unexplored territory, with innovators constantly developing their ideas. I am excited to share my perspective and skills with others to help us all become effective and efficient communicators.
-Katherine M. Wilkie, MS. CCC-SLP, Executive Director of Imagination Therapy, LLC.
References: (1) executive function. (n.d.) The American Heritage (R) Medical Dictionary. (2007). Retrieved October 16, 2017 from https://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/executive+function (2) Cragan, John and Donald Shields. Understanding Communication Theory. The communicative Forces for Human Action. St. Louis, Missouri. (!998)..