Our Speech Language Pathologists provide support to children in the areas of language acquisition, articulation, oral-motor stimulation, feeding, and communication skills. These areas may include improving and working with:
- Production of sounds
- Communication skill development
- Increasing the range of sounds
- Quality of language/ Ability to understand language
- Feeding skills
- Oral-motor function
- Ability to swallow
- Ability to socialize appropriately
Language includes the ability to understand speech as well as the ability to produce it. Often times, an inability to express language appropriately leads to a child that is frustrated easily. Teaching him to better understand the world around him and express his wants and needs can greatly affect a child’s behavior. We also evaluate a child’s ability to chew and swallow food properly as well as any family concerns. Speech Pathologists are concerned with helping children reach their full developmental potential and realizing their full range of communication abilities.
Speech Therapy Specialties include:
THE PICTURE EXCHANGE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM
The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) was developed in 1985 as a unique augmentative/ alternative training package that teaches children and adults with autism and other communication deficits to initiate communication. First used at the Delaware Autistic Program, PECS has received worldwide recognition for focusing on the initiation component of communication. PECS does not require complex or expensive materials. It was created with educators, resident care providers and families in mind, and so it is readily used in a variety of settings.
Please visit www.pecs.com for more information
VitalStim is the only Neuromuscular Electric Stimulation procedure approved by the F.D.A. for use on the anterior neck. VitalStim is proven effective to strengthen and coordinate the small muscles of the tongue and throat to increase individuals’ ability to swallow. VitalStim is approved for infants, children, and adults and has research showing powerful outcomes.
Please visit www.vitalstim.com for more details.
Feeding therapy helps infants and children with a wide array of feeding difficulties, which may include one or more of the following:
- Reduced or limited intake
- Food refusal
- Food selectivity by type and/or texture
- Dysphagia (swallowing difficulty)
- Oral motor deficits
- Delayed feeding development
- Food or swallowing phobias
- Mealtime tantrums
SOS APPROACH TO FEEDING
The SOS Approach focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food and allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way, beginning with the ability to tolerate the food in the room and in front of him/her; then moving on to touching, kissing, and eventually tasting and eating foods.
BECKMAN ORAL MOTOR
“Oral motor” has been defined in a variety of ways. Many of the strategies of the 1950’s and ’60’s were primarily stimulation techniques, such as brushing (pressure massage), icing (thermal stimulation), quick stretch (tapping), and vibration (manual and mechanical). These strategies have been used by physical and occupational therapists to prepare a muscle area for movement. These strategies cannot change the range of movement of a muscle or the strength of a muscle without additional muscle movement. Other oral motor techniques require the individual’s cognitive cooperation to follow a command in order to complete a movement. For additional information see www.beckmanoralmotor.com