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.

Tel: (925) 743-3322


210 Porter Drive, Suite 120

San Ramon, CA 94583



60 Fenton Street, Suite 2

Livermore, CA 94550


Phone: (925) 743-3322

Fax: (925) 743-3733




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