Speech & Language
A developmental approach to helping children communicate!
Treatment provided to children having difficulties in any of the following areas:
Dysarthria, Apraxia, Oral Sensory Motor Function
Fluency, Voice, Articulation
Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking
Pragmatics, Sensory Integration
Receptive & Expressive Language
~~for individuals of all ages and developmental levels~~
Appreciating nature... the sights, sounds, & smells...
Enhancing sensorimotor skills...naturally;
A foundation for speech & language development!
A place to build relationships...
plan, create, and problem solve ~~
~All while developing imaginations,
critical thinking skills, & making friends!
Feeding Therapy helps your child have fun learning to eat!
We consider all aspects of feeding including sensory and motor development...
Supporting families as they progress through their feeding journeys.
Phases of Swallowing
sucking, chewing, bolus formation
SIGNS OF FEEDING DIFFICUTLIES
difficutlies breathing during meals
refusing to eat or drink
limited food repertoire
prolonged meal times
difficulties chewing or keeping food in the mouth
coughing or gagging during meals
gurgly, hoarse, or breathy voice during or after meals
difficutlies with weight gain
Pediatric Feeding Disorder
Feeding Matters tells us that feeding is an intricate combination and coordination of skills requiring use of 26 muscles and 6 cranial nerves to move food and liquid through the body. Challenges with any aspect of this feeding puzzle may impact eating and drinking for your child.
Pediatric Feeding Disorders can be described as challenges in oral intake associated with medical, nutritional, feeding skill, and/or psychosocial dysfunction. It is estimated that more than 1 in 37 children under the age of 5 can be impacted, making bites of food painful, scary, or impossible, potentially impeding nutrition, development, growth, and overall well-being.
Infant & Child Feeding Questionnaire (ICFQ)
1. Does your baby/child let you know when he/she is hungry?
2. Do you think your baby/child eats enough?
3. Does it take more than 30 minutes to feed your baby/child?
4. Do you have to do anything special to help your baby/child eat?
5. Does your baby/child let you know when he/she is full?
6. Based on the questions above, do you have concerns about your baby/child's feeding?
This screening tool hopes to help identify and differentiate between children who are struggling with feeding from those who may be picky eaters.
Skill development with loads of fun!
Having fun learning about food!
My Favorite Things
Recommended Reading Materials
Buteyko Breathing Method (therapist training required)
"Tools" for Oral Sensorimotor Development (therapist training required)
Fun "Tools" for Learning About Food