Speech-language pathologists provide services to evaluate, diagnose, and provide therapy to individuals with speech, language, fluency, pragmatic, and feeding disorders.
- Speech disorders: A speech or articulation disorder is the inability to produce clear and intelligible speech.
- Language disorders: A language disorder is difficulty understanding or producing messages. A child with a receptive language disorder has trouble understanding and processing what others say. A child with an expressive disorder has difficulty conveying their thoughts, wants, and/or needs.
- Fluency disorders: A fluency disorder is the inability to generate smooth speech. Oftentimes, individuals with fluency disorders find it difficult to control the flow, speed, and rhythm of their speech.
- Pragmatic disorders: A pragmatic disorder is when a child has difficulties understanding social cues, inferring meaning from language, or engaging in appropriate social conduct with peers or adults.
- Feeding disorders: A feeding disorder is the inability to manipulate and swallow food due to either motor planning or structural limitations or the oral cavity.
Occupational Therapy is the evidence-based practice of using meaningful activities to help people achieve functional ability in everyday tasks. School, family engagement, and play are integral parts of a child’s daily life. Occupational Therapy works to support a child’s participation and functional skills and to aid in more success, ease, and engagement in these primary areas.
Occupational Therapy aims to help kids increase their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills which aids in the enhancement of self-esteem, and a sense of accomplishment for an overall increase in participation.
- Motor skills
- Play skills
- Self-care and Activities of Daily Living (ADL) tasks
Physical Therapy is the evidence-based practice of using meaningful activities to help maximize function and participation in everyday activities. School, family engagement, and play are integral parts of a child’s daily life. Physical Therapy works to support a child’s ability to participate in these various tasks by improving their balance, strength, endurance, and coordination and promoting the development of gross motor skills. This allows them to better interact with their families and peers and improves their self-confidence, participation in school, and functional independence.
- Delayed gross motor skills
- Stair and obstacle negotiation
- Participation in outdoor activities
- Various seating options to improve participation in school and social activities