Services

  • Pediatric Speech/Language Therapy
  • Full speech/language and feeding evaluations
  • Screenings and consultations available
  • Feeding, social and language groups

Areas of Therapy Expertise:

Autism
Autism Facts:  One in 68 children are diagnosed on the autism spectrum.  ASD (autism spectrum disorder) has increased 78% since 2002. Symptoms typically appear by 18 months of age.  It is 5 times more common among boys.  Early interventions can help with socialization, talking and behavior.

Picky Eating:  Picky eaters have a decreased range or variety of foods they will eat (30 or less) but will eat at least one food from most texture groups.  They can have foods lost due to “burn out” but it is usually regained after a 2 week break.  They typically can add new foods to the repertoire using the Sequential-Oral-Sensory method.  Problem Feeders have an even more restricted range of foods, can fall apart when presented with new foods and will refuse entire categories of foods.

Social Thinking/Pragmatics

A child with pragmatic problems may say inappropriate or unrelated things in a conversation, tell stories in a disorganized way, or may have little variety in language use.

Executive Functions

The term executive functions refers to our abilities to solve problems and monitor, plan, and direct future behaviors (Tstatsanis, 2004). Meltzer (2004) identified the following executive function processes:
  • planning
  • organizing
  • prioritizing
  • shifting
  • memorizing
  • checking

Oral Placement Therapy

This is a type of oral-motor therapy used by Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) to target specific movements needed for speech clarity and feeding.

Tongue Thrusting

Oral placement techniques are used to correct tongue position for correct swallow pattern and speech production.  You may notice tongue between the teeth for an /s/ sound for example.

Articulation

An articulation disorder involves problems making sounds.  Sounds can be substituted, left off, added or changed. These errors may make it hard for people to understand you.

Auditory Processing Disorder

Auditory processing disorder (APD) is often described as greater than expected difficulty hearing and understanding speech even though no measureable hearing loss exists.

Collaborative Problem Solving  Some children exhibit challenging behaviors and we now know that they’re lacking skills, not motivation…skills like flexibility/ adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving. That knowledge makes it possible for us to help these kids in ways that are much more humane, compassionate, and effective.