Speech and Language Therapy
Does your child struggle to be understood? Maybe there are one or two sounds they can’t say, or maybe it’s much more complicated. Whatever their unique challenges are, we can help them become a more effective communicator. Improving communication skills can improve social skills and peer relationships, emotional regulation, self-esteem, academic performance, and family & community participation. We evaluate all aspects of communication, and treat a variety of disorders and combinations of disorders with varying severity.
We help with:
- Articulation: the way we pronounce sounds
- Fluency: the flow and effort of speech
- Voice: vocal quality, pitch, resonance, loudness
- Receptive language: understanding what we hear, following directions
- Expressive language: turning our thoughts into words and sentences
- Social language: the way we talk to each other and use language in social settings
- Reading and literacy: written language is rooted in spoken language
Wait, children have an occupation? Well, their “job” is to play, learn, and help take care of themselves. “OT” helps children develop skills that improve their independence, health, and well-being. Based on their unique challenges, we guide your child to feel more successful and empowered in his or her daily life. We evaluate all aspects of motor functioning and sensory integration, and treat a variety of disorders and combinations of disorders with varying severity.
We help with:
- Sensory processing: understanding and adapting to touch, sound, smell, sight, and movement
- Self-regulation: focusing attention, controlling emotions, managing impulses and behavior
- Gross motor coordination & strength: e.g. riding a bike, climbing a tree
- Body awareness
- Fine motor coordination & control: e.g. tying shoelaces, drawing, handwriting, using scissors
- Self-care skills: e.g. using a fork, getting dressed, other daily routines
- Visual-perceptual skills: making sense of what we see
- Age-appropriate developmental play skills & boosting confidence
Is your child a picky eater? Are mealtimes frustrating and overwhelming? Sometimes it’s hard to know what is normal. We can help with a wide range of feeding and swallowing challenges from the simple to the complex. We offer a multidisciplinary team approach (speech-language pathology and occupational therapy together) to provide you maximum perspective and guidance. Feeding challenges can be sensory-based (e.g. they only eat crunchy foods), motor-based (e.g. they can’t suck through a straw), medically-based, or some combination of these. We are here to support you, and work together with you to create a specialized program for your child.
Exploration of the world and community participation demands the ability to use our body’s to move about and explore our environments, manipulate toys and daily tools, change positions, reach, touch and see the world with our eye’s wide opened and our bodies available from head to toe. PT assists in what is typically referred to as “gross motor skills”. Strength, joint flexibility, posture, pain-free movement and mobility are some areas that we aim for mastery in with every child through play based and real-life functional activities. Assistive technology and equipment, when chosen for individual needs and provided with training, can also support minimization of barriers to functioning in life.