What does a speech/language pathologist work on?
Regulation, Engagement & Relatedness
Foundations for interacting and communicating.
Receptive Language & Processing
The ability to understand spoken or written information, including following directions and answering questions.
The ability to communicate to express one's perceptions, ideas, feelings or intentions to others through expanded vocabulary and grammatical skills.
The production of speech sounds, voice, fluency and appropriate rhythm.
Oral Motor & Sensory Skills
The physical skills that impact a child's ability to produce speech and can affect feeding/eating habits.
Social Use of Language
The “how' and “why” one communicates, which is impacted by speaker-listener intentions and relations.
The combined use of language, thinking, reasoning and motor skills which is a child's natural medium of self expression.
Independence & Self Help
The development of a positive self-image through the improvement of functional skills such as feeding, dressing, grooming and task completion.
Why Feeding? Because this skill can involve sensory processing, motor and behaviors
Feeding challenges can include food refusal, food sensitivities, fear of swallowing (phagophobia), difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), "failure to thrive," and others. A child’s oral motor, sensory and communication skills may have an impact. As a result, many “behaviors” may also be expressed during mealtime.
Our therapists utilize many approaches and individualize the treatment for the child and family, including: Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) feeding approach (Kay Toomey), Food Chaining (Fraker, Fishbein, Cox, Walbert) and general sensory integration and oral-motor techniques. We can help families with positioning and adaptive equipment, implement feeding routines and cues, reinforcement programs and behavioral strategies. We also work with children who have allergies/food sensitivities or who receive NG-and G-tube feedings.
What does a developmental therapist work on?
The integration "school pre-readiness" skills, such as concepts, motor, language, and social-emotional skills even beyond Early Intervention. Our developmental therapists facilitate many of our groups for preschool-age children.