What is the SHN Therapy Center?
The Special Hope Network Therapy Center is a growing educational and rehabilitation service provider for children and families in Lusaka, Zambia. We offer growing services for people with acquired or developmental disabilities.
What is Speech-Language Therapy?
Speech-Language Therapy is a type of treatment for individuals who have not yet developed their speech or have lost their ability to communicate with others. Speech-Language Therapy can help people who have difficulty using sounds, understanding or using spoken language, saying words and sentences clearly, or have difficulty eating and swallowing.
How does Speech-Language Therapy work?
First, the speech therapist conducts an assessment examining the 5 areas of communication. Then, the therapist will create a detailed report and/or individualized goals. With the family, the therapist decides which goals are best in improving your loved one’s communication, and then begin speech-language treatment.
Qualified Service Providers
Right now, the Therapy Center offers research-based, individual speech therapy and diagnostic assessments from our certified speech therapist, Jessica Cramer, M.A. CCC-SLP. Jessica is certified with the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), and maintains her licensure with the State of Iowa Department of Public Health and holds a Professional Statement of Recognition from the State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.
Jessica has received specialized training and experience in treating:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Intellectual Disability/Developmental Delays
- Down Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Hearing Impairment/Cochlear Implants
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- Speech-Sound Delays
- Spoken Language Delays
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication
- Feeding and Swallowing Difficulties
- Stuttering and Stammering
Prices For Assessments and Sessions
Individualized Speech Therapy: 400 ZMW per hour
After the assessment, an individual may begin individualized speech therapy. Sessions are scheduled based on a combination of convenience for families, availability of the clinic/ therapist, and recommendation of the therapist.
Full Speech Assessment (2 hours): 1,000 ZMW
Standardized formal assessments are used to determine the child’s ability in all areas of language and speech. A formal report is written and provided, which includes the child’s current ability, impressions, and recommended goals for therapy. Please allow for two hours when scheduling.
Informal Screening with Speech/Communication Goals (1 hour): 400 ZMW
Informal Screenings are a play-based one-hour session in which the therapist gathers information on the child’s language abilities through observation and informal screenings or parent questionnaire. Recommended goals are provided for therapy sessions
Autism Diagnostic Assessment (4 hours): 2000 ZMW
Special Hope Network is also offering an Autism Diagnostic Assessment. During the administration of this assessment, the ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale – considered the “gold standard” of Autism assessments) will be administered along with cognitive, language, and other tests to gather relevant information. This assessment will be administered by fully trained and certified ADOS administrators. A doctor’s report must be presented at the time of assessment outlining the doctor’s observations, medical history, and any concerns.
- Payments can be made by cash, cheque and Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) into our account. Details are listed below.
- Payments can also be made from the MTN mobile money platform directly to our bank account.