Ohana Therapy Services
Pediatric Speech & Language Therapy Services
Building relationships to promote communication.
Speech Sound Disorders
Social Interaction Training
Literacy & Reading Intervention
Apraxia of Speech
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Augmentative Communication (AAC)
Home & Community Generalization
Speech & Language Intensives
Francesca Elida Day, M.S., CCC-SLP
Owner & Clinical Director
Francesca is the owner and primary speech-language pathologist of Ohana Therapy Services, LLC, located in Upton, Massachusetts. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Communication Disorders at Southern Connecticut State University in 2009. She went on and received her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders in 2011. Francesca holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) through the American Speech and Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of New Hampshire.
Francesca has over 10 years of experience working in a variety of settings including public schools, special education schools, outpatient adult and pediatric clinics, early intervention, and acute and subacute rehabilitation centers. She has treated individuals with needs in receptive and expressive language, alternative communication (AAC), fluency, swallowing, feeding, social skills, pragmatic language, voice, and complex speech sound disorders. Francesca has worked with children with a variety of developmental and medical diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cleft Lip and Palate, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing and Vision impairments, stuttering, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, Specific Language Impairment, as well as many others.
Francesca has completed extensive training and continuing education in the PROMPT technique (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), LAMP (Language-Acquisition through Motor Planning), PIWI (Parents Interacting with Infants), and SKILL (Supporting Knowledge in Language and Literacy) Narrative Program. She also has specific training in using Trauma-Informed Care, implementing strategies from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and using Sensory Integration strategies to enhance every child’s experience. The goal of every treatment session with Francesca is to use evidence-based methodologies while building relationships with her clients and their families
What is language?
Language is the principal method of human communication, consisting of words used in a structured and conventional way with cultural and country specific systems.
What is speech?
Speech production is the ability to express thoughts and feelings by articulate sounds.
Many processes engage when an individual produces speech sounds including neurology, phonation, respiration, and articulation. If any one piece of the speech mechanism is impaired, the whole process becomes an arduous endeavor.
What is communication?
Communication is an extraordinarily intricate and complex skill. Yet, many children, even from a very young age, make it look effortless.
However, for those who find talking and interacting with others challenging, their world can be an incredibly difficult and frustrating place to navigate. Fortunately, there are more resources available today than ever before to help children of all ages overcome these challenges and greatly improve their ability to communicate.