Speech Therapy

Each session is individualized after careful assessment to determine what treatment approach may be appropriate depending on your child’s diagnosis.

PROMPT THERAPY:  Is a philosophy and hands on treatment approach that involves touch to the child’s lips cheeks, tongue and jaw.  This method is known for helping children diagnosed with apraxia of speech, articulation and phonological disorders, dysarthria (weakness), hearing-impairment, and other possible speech disturbances. www.promptinstitute.com

BECKMAN ORAL MOTOR: Is an oral motor technique designed to strengthen the oral-facial muscles through a variety of passive stretches presented to the cheeks, lips, tongue, and jaw areas.  This technique is often used for individuals who present with oral motor dysfunction and weakness to the oral/facial area.  www.Beckmanoralmotor.com

SARA ROSENFELD JOHNSON ORAL MOTOR: Is a treatment based hierarchy program that utilizes different tools such as horns, straws, and jaw strengthening materials to help increase and strengthen the muscles used for speech and feeding.  This program is also designed to aid children who present with speech and feeding difficulties secondary to weakness and/or oral motor dysfunction. www.talktoolstm.com

LINKS TO LANGUAGE:  Is a curriculum based program designed to help enhance auditory memory, verbal imitation and receptive and expressive language skills in children and adults.  This program is designed to help children who are diagnosed with PDD-NOS, Apraxia, Hearing Impairment and Learning Disabilities.  It aids in teaching children how to verbally produce sentences that are grammatically and syntactically appropriate.  In addition, it helps children comprehend and respond to question forms such as: “Who, What, What Doing, Where, When and Why”.

Additional Strategies:

Aspects of behavioral strategies are used to help improve behaviors and communication for children who need work maintaining attention in order to learn language and communicate.  The use of positive reinforcers, antecedent strategies, visual aids and schedules may be provided to maximize learning.

Parent Training:

Parents are often taught the strategies in treatment to help their child generalize the skills learned in treatment.  For example, verbal scripts that are used during a specific activity will be provided to the parent to help carryover language learned from a speech and language activity into other activities and settings.