As a parent, you may sometimes feel at a loss.

You hear every day counts.

But where do you turn?

Happy Talkers is Here!

Bringing The Out Extraordinary in Every Child

Since 2001, Happy Talkers has served thousands of families with road maps to success—from evaluation to diagnosis to implementation. Here you will find the one-on-one therapy and education you and your child need to achieve ultimate success

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Happy Talkers Has Answers

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Questions About Your Child’s Development?

Screening & Guidance

When you complete the Happy Talkers Screening, the roadmap for your child’s developmental journey begins…

    • The information you share about your child will be reviewed by the Happy Talkers team of experts.

    • One of our child development experts will schedule a call with you to explain the results and answer your questions.

    • If you would like more guidance or support , we are here to help you.

Family Meeting

At our family meeting, we will construct a Plan of Action with recommendation as to what program or services would benefit your child and help them to reach their full potential.

We can discuss with you resources to assist in obtaining insurance reimbursement or financial assistance to help with the cost of your child’s services.

Most importantly, you will have a new resource you can turn to whenever you need help; wherever your child goes to school or therapy!


    • Please note that this is not a formal evaluation. If further evaluation is needed, we will schedule a separate appointment.

    • Please send any reports, evaluations, or IEPs you think will be helpful to share.

    • In order to better assist you at the Family Meeting, we ask that you please complete our online screening tools at least 48 priors to our scheduled meeting.


Questions? Feel free to contact us

Does Your Child Need An Evaluation?

Speech-Language Evaluation

Happy Talker’s clinicians provide formal assessments in the area of Speech-Language by a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist.  The evaluation is individualized for each child’s needs and spread out over two, one-hour sessions.  We provide a follow-up appointment to review the results and recommendations with the family, answer questions and offer resources.  The results of the evaluation define each child’s strengths and challenges and provide a comprehensive picture of the child’s abilities.  Our skilled therapists make recommendations for a treatment plan and long and short term goals for therapy when needed.  We partner with families to provide answers and a roadmap for their child’s optimal development.

O.T./Fine Motor and Sensory Processing Evaluation

Happy Talker’s clinicians provide formal assessments in the area of Fine Motor and Sensory Processing by a licensed Occupational Therapist.  The evaluation is individualized for each child’s needs and spread out over two, one-hour sessions.  We provide a follow-up appointment to review the results and recommendations with the family, answer questions and offer resources.  The results of the evaluation define each child’s strengths and challenges and provide a comprehensive picture of the child’s abilities.  Our skilled therapists make recommendations for a treatment plan and long and short term goals for therapy when needed.  We partner with families to provide answers and a roadmap for their child’s optimal development.

Does Your Child Need Treatment?

Our combination Therapy & Training model ensures your child is developing as quickly as possible!

Speech-Language Therapy

School of Imagination’s Speech-Language Pathologists provide specific, individualized treatment for speech-language disorders including: receptive/expressive language delays and disorders, speech impairment and delay, auditory processing disorders, fluency disorders and voice disorders.  We create an individualized plan for each child that focuses upon their strengths and interests.  Our California state licensed & American Speech-Language and Hearing Association certified Speech and Language Pathologists work in collaboration with family members, teachers and other paraprofessionals to ensure the greatest possible progress for each child we serve!

O.T./Fine Motor & Sensory Processing Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a service which helps children develop the foundations necessary for the many “occupations” of childhood such as learning, playing and socializing with peers, and performing daily self-care tasks.  School of Imagination’s highly skilled pediatric occupational therapists provide evaluations, individualized intervention, and consultation in the following areas:

 

  • Sensory integration

  • Behavioral organization and attention

  • Fine and gross motor skill development

  • Visual motor integration

  • Handwriting remediation

  • Self-care skills

 

Although a medical diagnosis is not necessary for your child to receive OT services, our occupational therapists see children with varying diagnoses which may include:

 

  • Autism

  • Sensory Processing Disorder

  • ADD/ADHD

  • Developmental Delays

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Down Syndrome

 

Our occupational therapy treatment rooms are designed with innovative and cutting edge equipment that will allow your child to succeed in a playful and enriched environment. Over the course of therapy, parents and caregivers are provided with training and education to facilitate their child’s progress in the home and community environments.

Behavioral Services

We provide a wide range of behavioral support services to help children with autism and developmental disabilities learn to communicate, play, socialize, and gain independence. Additionally, we work with families, educators, and other caregivers to promote more positive learning experiences for those with special needs.

 

Services Include:

  • Individualized intervention plans

  • Assessment and treatment of behavioral problems, basic language and learning skills (ABLLS)

  • Individual behavior modification and group behavior therapy

  • Social skills, play skills, and parent training

  • Verbal behavior and functional communication training

  • Behavior therapy for anxiety and avoidance

Strategies for child behavior therapy include:

  • Modeling

  • Differential Reinforcement

  • Social Stories

  • Role Play

  • Behavioral Scripts

  • Specific Social Skills Curriculum (e.g., “SuperFlex”,  “The Zones of regulation”)

Early Intervention Program

Evidence has shown that early intervention is key in improving outcomes for children with developmental delays.  Our early intervention program focuses on children between infancy and age five.  Our therapists provide compassionate expert care to help children learn developmentally appropriate language and gain a range of behavioral skills. We provide support services to families, schools, organizations and professionals who work with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Therapy instruction is individualized in one-on-one or small group settings and can be provided in the home, community or educational settings. We also offer support for children who need help transitioning to school-based learning.

The Infant Development Program (IDP) is our community-based, small group therapy program for children with developmental delays and Disabilities.  IDP is designed to encourage each child’s overall development through fun and developmentally appropriate educational activities! Each child is provided with an individualized therapy plan that integrates IFSP goals as well as the goals from the other therapies (ST, OT, PT, developmental & behavioral therapy).  These goals are then implemented into their daily, theme-based, classroom schedule by our highly trained Team of Educators and Clinicians.  IDP is vendorized by the Regional Center.

Inclusion Preschool

Children learn most effectively from their peers.  If your child has a developmental delay and is ready to learn in a classroom setting, our Inclusion Support Team ensures they have the tools to succeed!  Our low ratios and small class sizes ensure that each child receives the individual support they need.

A member of our Inclusion Support Team will meet with you and your child and help you determine the next best steps for educational success.

Social Skills

Children with ASD and developmental disabilities struggle to understand social cues and communicate their thoughts and feelings effectively.  Numerous studies have established that these children benefit immensely from social skills training. Children with social skill challenges often feel anxious and frustrated because they have a hard time picking up on social cues naturally.

Social skills include everything from joint attention and greetings to understanding the theory of mind and feelings. Social skills programs teach basic social rules (e.g., eye contact, how to be polite) and general social/behavioral expectations at home, school, and typical social situations in order to help children carry these skills over into other environments successfully.

 

Social Skills: Stepping Stones
For Children 3-5 Years Old

This innovative class will teach your child effective social and functional language skills.  Our goal is to  help them achieve greater success interacting with their peers and their world around them.  Our curriculum features themes, circle time and centers similar to that of a preschool classroom, yet the focus is language and social interaction.   Stepping Stones will encourage independence and interaction with peer models through fun and exciting classroom activities.


 

Social Skills “All-Stars!”
For Children 6-9 Years Old
For Children 9-12 Years Old

This program focuses on helping our elementary student, “All-Stars” learn strategies and skills that they can carry-over to school and home.  We focus on making and keeping friends and successfully communicating and interacting with others.  We provide a supportive and nurturing environment and activities that encourage social interaction, self-esteem, self-advocacy, understanding and expressing feelings and increasing independence.  Your child will have fun, make new friends and build their confidence as they successfully interact with the world around them!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there anything I can do to help my child progress faster?

ABSOLUTELY!!  Behind our most amazing success stories, are parents who were given the right tools.

We have a number of Parent Training Programs to meet every parent’s needs:


 Enrolling Soon:

  • Children Under 5 with Speech-Language Delay: Learning Language and Loving It

  • Behavior Challenges Autistic Children: ESDM-Based Parent Training 

  • Behavior and Parenting Challenges for All Children: Charlene Sigman’s Parent Training

Join Our List to be informed of upcoming classes

What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

ABA is an approach to understanding behavior that emphasizes learning principles.  We utilizes a wide variety of ABA techniques that have been developed for building useful skills in learners with autism from infancy through adulthood.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is an evidence-based approach that is highly effective in the treatment of anxiety and depression. The approach addresses challenges by analyzing thoughts and behaviors that occur during situations and coming up with more positive and effective alternatives.

Our therapists use CBT to help individuals with ASD regulate their emotions, develop impulse control, and improve their behavior. Through CBT, challenging behaviors, such as interruptions, compulsions, meltdowns and angry outbursts, are reduced.

What is the experience of your clinicians?

We have many clinicians of varying disciplines, specialization and experience on our Team. All exceed minimum qualifications for their professional credential.

We match our clinicians’ approach and talents to the child’s goals, needs, and temperament.

Our Clinicians love to learn and are engaged in continuing education and advanced coursework, bringing cutting-edge principals to SOI.

You can meet our Team Here

Does Happy Talkers accept and bill insurance?

We are approved providers with Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) and Kaiser Permanente. We are Out-of-Network with all other insurance companies and require payment at the time of service.  We do not bill insurance however we provide parents with necessary documentation, at no charge.

I have Out-of-Network (OON) benefits, what are my options?

Check with your insurance by calling the number on the back of your insurance card. Therapy is paid on the day of service in full and in return, you will receive a medical superbill. Submit your medical superbill to insurance and you will be reimbursed directly. Each reimbursement rate is dependent on your benefits, contact your insurance for those rates.

What is required to begin therapy?

A recent evaluation/assessment within the past 6 months and/or a recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP) are helpful with starting individual therapy services.

If your child does not have either, our Care Manager will gladly discuss the best options to determine the treatment recommendations and therapy goals.

Can we stop by to observe the program?

For the safety of our children, we do not allow walk-in visits. However:

If you are interested in enrolling in the preschool classes, you can learn about joining us for an Open House

If you would like to see if School of Imagination and Happy Talkers is right for your child, you can schedule a Family Meeting.

Contact Us and we will be happy to arrange your visit!