Therapy Goals

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.

Expressive Language

The ability to communicate to express one's perceptions, ideas, feelings or intentions to others through expanded vocabulary and grammatical skills.

Speech

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.

Play Skills

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.