Speech Language Therapy
Atypical production of speech sounds that may interfere with intelligibility; may include oral motor impairments and/or phonological processing deficits.
Oral Motor Impairments/Weaknesses
Feeding/Picky Eaters/Problem Feeders
Poor weight gain, choking/gagging/coughing during meals, food/texture aversions, food/texture avoidances, etc.
Receptive and/or Expressive Language Disorders
Impaired comprehension (understood) and/or expression (spoken) skills.
Aphonia (absence of voice) or the abnormal production of vocal quality, pitch, loudness, resonance, and/or duration.
An interruption in the flow of speaking (stuttering, cluttering).
SPARK - Structured Phonological Awareness & Reading Interventions for Kids
Our SPARK program combines many research based programs and techniques designed to fit the needs of your child. Every child is different, and requires different strategies in order to be successful. There is no “one size fits all” program, and we will meet your child at their level in order to make the program and strategies work for them.
Your child will be evaluated in order to determine their skill level. Sessions will include visual, tactile, verbal, and sensory interventions along with games, and activities that will make learning fun. Let’s SPARK a lifelong love of reading in your child starting today! For more information, click HERE.
Teletherapy is the online delivery of speech, occupational, and mental health therapy services via high-resolution, live video conferencing. Teletherapy sessions are very similar to traditional speech, occupational therapy, or mental health sessions with one major exception. Instead of sitting in the same room, clients and therapists interact via live video conferencing.
During therapy sessions, the client and therapist can see, hear, and interact with one another in real time, using webcams, headsets if desired, and a live, synchronous online learning environment.
If you’ve ever used Zoom on your computer or FaceTime on your iPhone, you’ve used a similar type of technology.
The actual therapy is the same as the therapist would deliver face-to-face, only teletherapy is done with a computer! Licensed therapists use traditional therapy techniques and activities and enhance those techniques through innovative software and tools and have the technology literally at their fingertips to plan and deliver high-quality services.
Occupational Therapy helps children gain independence and promotes development of fine motor skills, sensory motor skills, and visual motor skills that children need to function and socialize in their home, school, play, and community environments. In the case of an injury or debilitating illness, services focus on rehabilitating children, allowing them to return to their daily routines at their highest level of function.
Children may benefit from pediatric occupational therapy for:
Self-care skills including feeding, dressing, and grooming
Hand strengthening and coordination skills required for activities such as cutting with scissors, coloring, and writing, buttoning, using feeding utensils, etc.
Sensory-motor processing and integration
Upper extremity (shoulder, arm and hand) splinting & serial casting
Recommendation, training, and use of adaptive equipment
Visual motor and handwriting skills
Pelvic floor rehabilitation for urinary incontinence
Wheelchair and equipment evaluation
Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders
Picky Eaters generally eat at least 30 different foods.
Picky Eaters will normally accept and eat that food after taking a 2 week break without eating it.
Picky Eaters are generally able to tolerate new foods on their plate, and can usually touch or taste a new food, even if they do so very reluctantly.
Picky Eaters eat at least one food from most food texture and nutrition groups.
Picky Eaters frequently eat different foods at a meal than the rest of the family, but usually eat with the family.
Picky Eaters are sometimes reported by a parent as a “picky eater” at well-child check-ups.
Problem Feeders have a restricted range or variety of foods, and usually eat less than 20 foods.
Problem Feeders will rarely ever accept that food again, even after taking a break, and this often results in a decreasing number of foods in a child’s food range.
Problem Feeders cry, protest, and “fall apart” when presented with new foods. They completely refuse to do anything with the food.
Problem Feeders refuse entire categories of food textures or nutrition groups.
Problem Feeders almost always eat different foods at a meal than the rest of the family, and often don’t eat with the family (either eat at separate times or eat alone in a separate space).
Problem Feeders are persistently reported by a parent as a “picky eater” across multiple well-child check-ups.
Reference: SOS Approach to Feeding
We offer in-house hearing screenings conducted by one of our certified Speech Language Pathologists. A hearing screening evaluates a person’s ability to hear by measuring the ability of sound to travel through the hearing nerves to the brain. Hearing screenings help determine if there is a possible temporary or permanent hearing loss. The screening is typically a hand raising game an audiologist or certified Speech Language Pathologist administers in approximately 10 minutes. Most screening tools yield a “pass” or “did not pass” if there are soft sounds that are not heard. If a child did not pass the screening, a comprehensive full hearing test is typically recommended. Normal hearing in children is important for normal language development. If a child has hearing problems, it can cause problems with their ability to learn, speak, or understand language. Many insurance companies require up-to-date hearing screenings in order to authorize services.
Inclusion Classes and Activities
We strive to provide a variety of classes and activities for children of all abilities in addition to regularly scheduled therapy sessions. We partner with other local businesses and companies to provide discounted (or sometimes FREE!) classes/activities such as Music Classes, Kid's Yoga, Martial Arts, Dance/Ballet, and more! Follow us on Social Media for the most up to date offerings.