Therapy for Speech and Language Disorders
Speech and language challenges can take on many forms. Communication disorders impact an individual’s ability to talk, read, write and comprehend.
Human beings require speech and language skills to acquire new knowledge and participate fully in society. Speech and language disorders often have a profound and persistent impact on development.
There are several kinds of speech and language disorders. For now, we’ll focus on these four:
Articulation: A speech impairment where sounds are produced incorrectly as a result of limitations in the skeletal, muscular or neuromuscular support for speech production.
Fluency: Difficulties with the rhythm and timing of speech characterized by repetition, hesitations or prolongations of sounds, syllables, words or phrases.
Voice: The abnormal quality or use of one’s voice resulting in pitch, resonance or loudness problems.
Language: An impairment that impacts one’s expressive and receptive language skills making it challenging to understand and process what is being said, as well as difficulty in expressing ideas, needs or information in a way that can be understood by others.
Another important area is feeding disorders. Not only do these impact a person’s ability to chew, swallow or drink properly and may include gagging or coughing during these activities, present as profoundly limited diets, but often make meal times “battle grounds” or just stressful and contentious.
Our Specialized Focus
Speech and language disorders range from so subtle that they have little to no impact on an individual’s everyday life to so extreme that the individual is not able to produce speech or to understand and use language.
In response, we customize our treatment plans based on each client’s needs as identified through our evaluation process. We integrate with occupational therapy, DIR/Floortime®, and other modalities.
All of our speech-language therapies are designed to assess and improve:
- Developmental speech delay including Autism and Down Syndrome
- Expressive and receptive language
- Articulation skills and phonological awareness
- Pragmatic language and social communication
- Fluency/stuttering disorders
- Auditory processing
- Emotional regulation
- Social skills training
- Motor speech disorders
- Feeding/swallowing disorders
- Oral Motor Weakness
- Tongue thrust
- Hearing impairment
- Voice disorders
Our Speech-Language Toolbox:
PROMPT stands for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. This therapy uses touch and manual guides to train the patient’s jaw, tongue and lips to improve the pronunciation of words and sentences.
LAMP stands for Language Acquisition through Motor Planning and it can be used in a wide range of ways including as a therapy for individuals who are nonverbal or have limited verbal abilities. The goal of this therapy is to give patients ways to express themselves in any setting.
DIR/Floortime® is the Developmental, Individual-differences, & Relationship-based model. DIR/Floortime® is a foundation-based therapy that uses play and a child’s natural interests to address educational, social-emotional, mental health, and/or developmental challenges.
Foundations for Learning™ is all about helping your child develop the skills they need to better navigate the world and find success. The program is completely customized to each participant’s needs and creates a comforting environment to face challenges in a fun way. Our primary goal is to raise your child’s self-esteem and make them feel supported in this journey, so the program emphasizes one-on-one support with a very low ratio of children to therapists. Foundations for Learning aims to help patients feel confident in their abilities, recover quickly from a setback or meltdown, participating in new experiences, transition between activities and environments, handle sensitive topics without a tantrum, accept structure, pay attention and follow directions.