Child’s Play + Speech

Integrating our approach

Our speech therapy team addresses delays and disorders of speech sound production, various areas of language, voice, fluency, infant and pediatric feeding/swallowing. While early intervention is advised, our program helps children of all ages overcome their obstacles. If you are concerned with your child’s ability to communicate or eat, it doesn’t hurt to ease your worries with a speech therapy evaluation. At Child’s Play Plus, our speech therapy team works directly with integrated treatment plans and goal setting with the ABA and OT treatment teams, as necessary.

Speech therapy interventions include:
  • An individualized evaluation, during which the client, family and speech language pathologist determine the child’s goals.
  • Customized intervention program that is evidence-based to improve the child’s ability to perform functional skills and reach their communication or feeding goals.
  • Regular progress monitoring to ensure that goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.
You may consider Speech therapy if your child has…
  • Developmental Delay
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Learning Disability
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Cleft Lip/Palate
  • Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder
  • Tongue/Lip Tie
  • Concerns for aspiration or feeding aversion (Dysphagia)
  • History of Prematurity and spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit
  • History of recurring ear infections
If your child does not have one of these diagnoses, you may still consider a speech therapy evaluation if your child is/has:
  • A limited vocabulary
  • Having trouble putting words together to make sentences
  • Having trouble paying attention to, understanding, and comprehending language
  • Having trouble saying words/sounds correctly
  • Having trouble with pitch, volume or quality of voice
  • Stuttering or has unusual stops/partial word repetitions
  • Falling behind in school

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Your Speech Clinical Team

Michelle Ashcraft

Michelle Ashcraft, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Michelle joins us from Muncie, Indiana after starting her career with IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. She completed both undergraduate and graduate coursework at Ball State University, receiving her master’s degree in 2015 and Certificate of Clinical Competence in June 2016. Her experience ranges from outpatient pediatric services to the neonatal intensive care unit to adult rehab. Michelle specializes in speech, language and feeding services. Her role at CP+ is to help teach children resilience, courage and how to form relationships. By offering new experiences and play-based therapy, Michelle works to meet her patients’ speech and language goals to improve their communication outcomes.

“Some children succeed because they are destined, but many succeed because they are determined!” – Michelle Ashcraft, CCC-SLP

Delaney Keiser

Delaney Keiser, CF-SLP

Clinical Fellow – Speech-Language Pathology

Delaney is a Speech-Language Pathologist in her Clinical Fellowship year. With her masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Bowling Green State University, her clinical experiences include wellness centers for outpatient pediatrics, outpatient clinics, the university clinic and community hospitals in Ohio. Delaney provides patients with personalized care to assist in achieving the goals she has developed specifically for them while providing parents with the support, information and hope needed to help their child grow at home as well.

“I will ensure your child’s voice and your voice are heard as an onsite provider for Child’s Play Plus.” – Delaney Keiser, CF-SLP

Rylea Prosser

Rylea Prosser, SLPA

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Rylea is a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. With a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University in Communication Disorders, her clinical experience includes working as an SLPA in the education system at three different schools within the district. Since 2015, Rylea worked for Child’s Play as a Registered Behavioral Technician and in 2020 she joined our Speech Therapy team. With her background in education and ABA, Rylea provides the right tools to motivate your child to meet and surpass their goals of communicating effectively.

“Working your child over the last several months has been amazing! The progress that I have seen them make and the joy on their face when they are able to communicate what they want has made my heart melt!” – Rylea Prosser, SLPA

Success Stories

  • When looking for a school or center for a child with autism, the resources are limited when a typical school environment is not functional for your child. We came upon Child’s Play Autism Center and immediately fell in love with the one-on-one interaction for our daughter. Not only does she get one-on-one ABA therapy in her own private therapy room, she also has the opportunity to interact with other students. There are so many areas for her to “play” and learn. There is a music area, pretend play area, gross motor area, sensory area, kitchen area and so much more. She gets the chance to go shopping at the grocery store to work on social behaviors as well as takes trips to the mall. And she goes out to lunch to work on her social and public goals. All of the staff is amazing and is in constant communication as to how my daughter is doing. They are all so supportive! My daughter has excelled greatly since beginning at Child’s Play Autism Center!!! I am so thankful they are here in Ft. Wayne!

    -Caregiver Review, Online
  • As a parent it is hard to watch your child struggle and not make progress in normal child development areas such as verbal, social, emotional and academic skills. As a family we were at a level of deep frustration and didn’t know where to turn to get help. Thankfully, you made a commitment to our community to provide ABA therapy services.

    Child’s Play has provided us with an opportunity to address all of the issues our son has with a program that is comprehensive and customized. Other programs we’ve utilized only address speech when it is the allotted speech time, etc. At Child’s Play Autism Center, they formulate a unique plan for each individual child and work on deficient skills with a precise calculated strategy so your child can attain multiple goals with the completion of one task.

    More than just the therapeutic processes provided, the staff genuinely care for my child and his progress. ABA therapy has been a blessing in our life. We have a long way to go but every week we see some sort of progress in speech or behavior. Child’s Play is making a difference in our entire family’s life for the better and they are a great community asset.

    -Caregiver Review, Online
  • Child’s Play Autism Centers has been coordinating with the Bowen Center on behalf of children and families in Huntington since they began in 2013. The staff are very dedicated to providing individualized treatment, explaining benefits of ABA therapy, and making every child and family who walk through the door feel comfortable. We are pleased to see the tremendous progress in the children who we referred.

    -Shelly Snyder, Director of the Huntington Bowen Center
  • My confidence in their ability to help my patients has yet to wane. Child’s Play is an amazing resource to our community.

    -Dr. Duane Hougendobler, Regional Clinical Medical Director for Parkview Pediatrics
  • Hope…. hope is the word that best sums up what Child’s Play has given not just (our son) but our whole family. A year ago things were feeling pretty hopeless. It has been so uplifting to see the progress in (his)’s level of independence, self care, independent living skills, and emotional control. Making the decision to send him to Child’s Play is one we will never regret.

    -Caregiver Review, Online
  • They are amazing!! So happy that there is a place for my daughter to go and be challenged to meet her potential!!

    -Caregiver Review, Online
  • They are a blessing. They have done so much for my son. Couldn’t ask for anything better. You guys rock.

    -Caregiver Review, Online
  • Our son has grown leaps and bounds under Rebecca’s supervision. He engages with his peers, has had a huge decrease in meltdowns and works daily on his difficulties on transitions. We are more than pleased with his progress and he loves being there with all his friends!

    -Caregiver Review, Online
  • They are the best! I couldn’t ask for a better place for (my son) to go to…. He went from barely being able to walk with a walk to walking independently in a matter of five months. His therapist’s Rock!!!!!!

    -Caregiver Review, Online
  • I feel incredibly blessed by my child’s support team. I pinch myself everyday when I think about how lucky we are to have found Child’s Play. My child is loved, supported, and encouraged every step of the way, and it shows–he is thriving!

    -Caregiver Review, Online
  • We love this place. We could not be any happier with the results and the huge improvement with our son. They always go more and beyond to help him. I highly recommend this place to anybody who is looking for ABA services.

    -Caregiver Review, Online