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Special Certifications

Language Essentials is always expanding its areas of expertise to better serve its clients. Just a few of the many special certifications and trainings held by our staff include:


Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is an umbrella term that encompasses the communication methods used to supplement or replace speech or writing for those with impairments in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language. AAC is used by those with a wide range of speech and language impairments, including congenital impairments such as cerebral palsy, intellectual impairment and autism, and acquired conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. AAC can be a permanent addition to a person's communication or a temporary aid.


Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a form of augmentative and alternative communication. It is typically used as an aid in communication for children with autism and other special needs. The system has been used with a variety of ages including preschoolers, adolescents and adults who have a wide array of communicative, cognitive and physical difficulties. Recent literature reviews have supported PECS as an evidence-based practice.


Language Essentials is a proud member/contributor to PT for Heroes. This group provides free speech, occupational and physical therapy to health care workers during this crisis.

Member of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all.

Language Essentials is one of a very few speech pathology practices in the Bay Area with advanced training in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) as a member of the USSAAC a national chapter of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

Language Essentials' Occupational Therapist is a proud member of both American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC). AOTA represents the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students and improve the quality of occupational therapy services. OTAC is the collective voice that serves, promotes, and supports the profession of occupational therapy and its practitioners.

Tel: (925) 743-3322

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