Welcome To Thrive Coastal

Thrive Coastal is rooted in play based early intervention services and parent education to provide sustainable services that lead to improved whole-child development across the lifespan. We take pride in being a family-centered, child led, dynamic team of highly trained professionals collaborating to help each child reach their fullest potential.

All speech-language pathologists at Thrive Coastal have been trained by the Hanen Center.

The Hanen Centre is unique in that it doesn’t just involve parents in their child’s early speech therapy intervention – it provides a comprehensive approach that helps parents become their child’s most important speech and language teacher.

Hanen’s evidence-based approach to helping parents of children with delayed speech or language delays is rooted in the following three principles:

1. The pivotal role of parents and caregivers – Recognizing the family as the most important element in a child’s life means that parents can and should play a primary role in their child’s speech therapy intervention.

2. The importance of starting early – Children who receive speech therapy intervention early in their lives will have the best results.

3. The power of the “everyday” – Children learn to communicate not by being “taught”, but by participating in everyday conversations and activities with their parents and other important adults.


Practical strategies you can use in everyday situations

The It Takes Two to Talk Program shows you how to use your natural, day-to-day life with your child to help him develop language skills. This program translates the research on early language intervention into concrete strategies that are easy for parents to understand and to put into practice. The program offers you many opportunities to practice and discuss each strategy you learn so that you’ll be comfortable and confident using them at home.


The More Than Words Program was designed specifically for parents of children ages 5 and under on the autism spectrum and with other social communication difficulties. Addressing the unique needs of these children, the program provides parents with the tools, strategies and support they need to help their children reach their full communication potential.

Signs Of A Language Disorder

A speech and language evaluation may be necessary if your child exhibits the following:

Doesn’t smile or interact with others (birth–3 months)

Doesn’t babble (4–7 months)

Makes few sounds (7–12 months)

Does not use gestures (e.g., waving, pointing) (7–12 months)

Doesn’t understand what others say (7 months–2 years)

Says only a few words (12–18 months)

Doesn’t put words together to make sentences (1½–2 years)

Says fewer than 50 words (2 years)

Has trouble playing and talking with other children (2–3 years)

Has problems with early reading and writing skills—for example, may not show an interest in books or drawing (2½–3 years)

I know the signs of healthy child development.

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