Speech Pathology Group: Children's Services International (SPG: CSI) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with speech and language disorders around the world. Speech and language therapy is often nonexistent for many children who need it most. SPG:CSI is committed to putting the people and services in place to ensure long-term, sustainable solutions by:
Empowering caregivers and professionals with evidence-based assessment and treatment education.
Providing charitable assistance for therapy services in low-income communities.
Increasing the scope and practice of speech and language services in developing nations.
We believe in the concept of "teaching the teachers."
Often in developing nations, children who have severe communication delays, are nonverbal, or who have a diagnosis such as autism may not ever have the chance to receive the help they need. A recent UNICEF survey in Bosnia and Herzegovina showed that one third of the respondents found it unacceptable that a child with intellectual disabilities would attend the same class with their child, and that almost half of them would not accept a child with intellectual disabilities as their child’s best friend.
We know that without help, some of these children may never learn to talk, will never have a chance to go to school with their peers, and many eventually end up institutionalized, or worse. It is our hope that soon children in Bosnia, Bhutan, South Africa, and across the globe can be served by trained professionals able to handle even the most extreme cases.
Because of the tireless efforts from professionals across the globe, and SPG: CSI's dedication, together we have achieved amazing results! See Accomplishments to learn more. But our mission is far from complete.
Currently, SPG: CSI is focusing on the final phase of the Bosnian Autism Project.
In phase four, the maintenance phase, we will support existing centers and professionals through continued education.
- A series of web-based seminars addressing assessment and evidence-based treatment for communication disorders.
Our intent is to expand into Spanish-speaking nations, and research has begun on joining existing programs in Mexico!
Raise awareness of the international need for treatment of communication impairments at the 2015 California Speech-Language Hearing Association (CSHA) Conference in Long Beach, CA.
- Publish a How-To Manual for creating sustainable treatment programs abroad.
Support SLPs and graduate students in forging professional relationships and cultural exchanges through volunteer opportunities in the United States.
SPG: CSI is responsible for bringing EVERY item needed for training, including all diagnostic materials and therapy items. There are no paid employees, only specialized volunteers giving their talents and time.