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Therapy

 

Our certified and licensed speech and language pathologist will provide a detailed evaluation of oral motor, articulation and feeding skills and will devise an individualized mult-sensory therapy treatment for the following areas of concern:

 

• Articulation and Oral Motor Disorders
Our treatment focuses on increasing intra-oral awareness as well as stimulation and strengthening of the lips, tongue, soft palate and facial musculatures to achieve an appropriate production of different sounds; in particular the sounds of  /s/, /l/, /r/, /th/, /f/ in conversational speech.

• Feeding
Our primary goal is to recognize the physiological underpinning of eating issues in children in order to avoid a negative effect on their social and emotional development.

A child with eating issues may be a picky eater who accepts new food slowly or a child who drools, engages in persistent mouth stuffing and is a messy eater.  The child may have also difficulties with oral sensory awareness and/or oral tactile defensiveness, as well as organizational skills required for skilled feeding.

Myofunctional (tongue thrust) disorders
Tongue Thrust is a term used for a forceful protrusion of tongue during swallowing. Tongue Thrust frequently causes misalignment of the teeth and interferes with orthodontic treatment.

 

Our speech and language pathologist is trained in and utilizes a combination of the following therapy methods based on the individual needs:

 

Sensory Integration - Sensory-based therapies involve choosing activities that utilize how the brain reacts to touch, sight, sound, smell and movement to increase learning.  Learning is believed to be "dependent on the ability to take in and process sensation from movement and environment and use it to plan and organize behavior" (Bundy, Lane, and Murray, 2002, page 5). Sensory integration therapy aims to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of processing and co-ordinating sensory information input from tactile (touch), vestibular (movement sense), proprioceptive (body position sense), visual (sight), auditory (hearing), olfactory (smell), and gustatory (taste) systems.

P.R.O.M.P.T. - Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets
This method provides tactile cues to the lips, tongue and jaw.