Services

Our speech therapists create a unique treatment plan based upon each client's needs.
Speech, language and feeding evaluations and therapy programs are available for the following disorders:

FEEDING DIFFICULTIES/DISORDERS:

-Slow feeder, limited diet, poor appetite, picky eater, and difficulties swallowing.
-If your child has less than 10 foods in their diet, a feeding evaluation is strongly recommended.
-If you are an adult and experience coughing, choking, or a sensation that the "food is stuck" in your throat, a feeding evaluation is strongly recommended.

ARTICULATION:

-The "s", "r", "k", and "g" sounds are some of the most common misarticulated phonemes.
-If speech intelligibility is reduced because of articulation changes or errors in your speech, an articulation assessment is needed.
-Articulation can be delayed in children for unknown reasons, adults experience articulation difficulties typically after a stroke and present with dysarthria (muscle weakness) or apraxia (coordination problems with oral musculature).

APRAXIA:

-A muscle coordination problem which affects articulation and speech intelligibility.
-Speech therapy is needed to improve the muscle coordination which will improve articulation, intelligibility and fluency in speech.

FLUENCY OR STUTTERING:

- Difficulties include repeating words, getting stuck on words, repeating phrases, and a slow rate or speed of speech.
- The earlier the fluency problems are identified and addressed, the better your results will be in therapy.
- Secondary behaviors can accompany fluency or stuttering problems, such as eye blinking, head twitches, or arm/leg movements.

VOICE:

-Vocal quality can sound hoarse, breathy, raspy, or have pitch breaks.
-One of the most common causes of poor vocal quality are vocal nodules. Vocal nodules are treatable with voice therapy from a speech pathologist.
-If you're experiencing any one of the voice symptoms listed above, reduce any vocal abusive behavior such as shouting/screaming, coughing or throat clearing, and caffeine intake.

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT:

-Receptive and expressive language delays/disorders can be present in children with unknown etiology or cause.
-Academic performance is impacted if language skills are not addressed, such as asking and answering questions, use of age appropriate vocabulary, and comprehension of directions.

SOCIAL SKILLS:

Pragmatics include difficulty with eye contact, greetings, humor, problem solving, turn taking, pause time with response to questions, and use of social phrases/sayings.

These skills are often difficult for children with a diagnosis of autism or PDD NOS, stutterers or those who have language delays.