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Hello World.

connect + communicate + grow

 

Bernadette Rivera, M.A., CCC-SLP

Specializing in Pediatric Speech Therapy, Autism, & Developmental Delays

 

About

Located in the heart of the South Bay area, Speech Language Pathologist, Bernadette Rivera is dedicated to providing children & young adults with the highest quality of individualized communication services.


Bernadette Rivera, M.A., CCC-SLP

Owner & Speech Language Pathologist

With over 8 years of clinical experience, Bernadette strives to help children discover their potential to communicate in a fun and meaningful way. She takes pride in applying current research and innovative techniques to truly connect with each child. By incorporating child interests, strengths, and challenges, she develops highly individualized speech and language programs to promote growth in their social and academic community.

 

Background

Bernadette is an ASHA certified Speech Language Pathologist, licensed by the state of California, and certified NPA to contract with school districts in the South Bay area. She received her Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences from UCLA, and completed her Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology & Audiology at NYU. She has extensive experience working with the pediatric population in a variety of settings- including Mount Sinai Hospital New York City, the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, public and private school sites, outpatient clinics, and in-home working directly with families.

Bernadette's specialty is working with children with Autism, developmental delays, learning disabilities, apraxia, sensory processing issues, and social & emotional language disorders. With prior experience in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis), she creatively blends components of contextual learning, DIR Floortime, the latest technology, and cutting edge research to connect with each child and build a healthy foundation for communication. Her knowledge and training include the following:

  • Certified Provider of The Listening Program and inTime
  • Hanen's It Takes Two to Talk for Early Language Development
  • Hanen's More Than Words for Autism
  • Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol for Apraxia
  • TalkTools Oral Placement and Sensory Motor Approach
  • Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
  • PROMPT Trained
  • Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Cognition
  • Various AAC (Alternative Augmentative Communication) and Technological Apps

She values the unique learning styles of each individual and provides a multimodal platform from which each child can learn and succeed. Whether it be music, movement, visual and tactile support systems, Bernadette is there to help children connect, communicate, and grow!  

Services

Services Offered

Services include individualized speech and language therapy, evaluations, and consultations.  Services are provided in office or in the client's natural learning environment, such as in home, daycare, or school site. All services are by appointment only. Call today for a free, initial consultation!


Consultations

Consultations gather general information about a client, including primary concerns, previous therapy, assessments, and present diagnoses. Consultations serve as a chance to meet the client, family, and/or related professionals to discuss the best approaches towards meeting the client's communication needs and goals. 

Evaluations

The evaluation assesses all areas of communication, including receptive and expressive language, articulation, phonology, oral motor, voice and fluency, and social pragmatic skills. The evaluation includes formal standardized testing, informal observation, and parent and/or client interview. Treatment plan and recommendations are provided based on outcome. 

Therapy

Speech and language treatment programs are developed based on goals and current individual needs. Bernadette utilizes a variety of techniques and encourages team collaboration with parents, caregivers, and other related professionals to maximize communication success. Therapy services are available for the following areas of concern:

  • Early Language Delays ("Late Talkers")
  • Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders/Social Pragmatic Skills
  • Cognitive Language 
  • Auditory Processing
  • Verbal Apraxia and Oral-Motor Disorders
  • Fluency Disorders/Stuttering
  • Feeding and Orofacial Myology Disorders (Tongue Thrust)
  • Literacy and Phonemic Awareness
  • Reading Comprehension

Location

Come Visit

Our office is centrally located in the South Bay area in Torrance, CA. It is about one block east of Pacific Coast Highway and Hawthorne Blvd on Madison Street. 

Services may be provided in office, home, daycare, or school site depending upon location and availability. Team collaboration in the child's natural environment is key!

Areas Served

  • Torrance
  • Palos Verdes
  • Redondo Beach
  • Manhattan Beach
 


 

Location

24050 Madison Street
Suite 100F
Torrance, CA 90505

Phone

562.716.5244

Email

helloworldspeech@gmail.com

Contact

For More Information

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I'd love to hear from you. Thank you for visiting!

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Location

24050 Madison Street
Suite 100F
Torrance, CA 90505

Phone

(562) 716–5244

Email

helloworldspeech@gmail.com

 

 

Policies

Insurance

Bernadette Rivera, M.A., CCC-SLP at Hello World Speech Therapy, Inc. is considered an out-of-network provider. All services are self-pay. She does not file with any insurance companies. However, Bernadette will gladly provide a monthly invoice that can be submitted to your insurance company for an out-of-network reimbursement if applicable. Appropriate CPT procedure and diagnostic codes will clearly be indicated on the invoice.  

While a doctor's referral is often necessary for getting authorization and coverage from your insurance company, your child can be seen without a referral. Please check with your insurance company for more information regarding reimbursement and whether pre-authorization is necessary.

Fees

Please contact Bernadette directly for more information regarding individual fees. The fee for therapy is based on an hourly rate and includes time spent in direct therapy with the child and consultation with the family. An individual therapy session begins at $130 for a 60-minute session. Shorter sessions may be discussed, particularly for younger children under the age of 3.

Cancellations

A 24-hour notice is required in the event of a cancellation. Missed appointments without a 24-hour notice are subject to a cancellation fee. We understand that unforeseen circumstances and sicknesses do happen. In the event of a sickness, please call to give notice of your cancellation as soon as possible.

The success of your therapy sessions depends on consistency. The child's plan and goals are based on having a consistent treatment schedule. In the event of a cancellation, a re-scheduled appointment is strongly encouraged to maintain progress.  


Forms

Forms regarding client information and policies will be made available. Please check back soon!

Resources

Helpful Resource Links

 

ASHA - American Speech-Language and Hearing Association

http://www.asha.org

ASHA is a professional association for speech language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing specialists in the United States and internationally.

 

CSHA - California Speech Language and Hearing Association

http://www.csha.org

CSHA is a professional non-profit organization to promote speech and hearing to children and adults with communication and related challenges.

 

IAOM - International Association of Orofacial Myology 

http://www.iaom.com

Information, guidance, research, and therapy services for orofacial myofunctional disorders.

 

Advanced Brain Technologies - The Listening Program

http://advancedbrain.com

The Listening Program (TLP) is an evidence based, music listening program personalized to improve brain fitness and support changes in a wide range of brain performance areas, including executive functioning, communication, auditory processing, social emotional functioning, stress response, and motor coordination.

 

Autism Speaks

http://autismspeaks.org

Autism Speaks is an advocacy organization in the United States that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public.

 

Autism NOW

http://autismnow.org

The National Autism Resource and Information Center provides quality resources and information for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, their families, and other targeted key stakeholders.

 

Apraxia-Kids

http://www.apraxia-kids.org

Resources for families, researchers, and professionals for Childhood Apraxia of Speech.