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An articulation disorder means a child has difficulty making speech sounds accurately due to different placement or movement of lips, tongue, etc. In treatment, verbal, visual, and tactile models and cues are used to teach clear sound production. The therapist will do this through structured drills and play based therapy activities.
Language therapy means working on receptive and/or expressive language skills. For receptive language, th child's therapy will focus on attening, processing, and comprehending spoken language. Expressive language will focus on increasing child's ability to use language in different context from 1-word to narrative form.
Children may have difficulty consuming enough to properly sustain themselves particularly in complex disorders. This may involve vomiting, coughing, choking, refusals, etc.. Swallowing and the ability to orally manipulate food play a big role in adequate nutrition. In therapy, the focus will be on enjoying foods or drink in a positive and safe way.
Stuttering therapy is a two prong approach with focus on decreasing episodes of stuttering and any secondary behaviors as well as providing the child with strategies to reduce anxiety surrounding their stuttering. Fluency strategies can help a child become more fluent and confident in their speech.Parents are educated on carryover strategies.
Difficulty with social skills at any age can impact a child's quality of life in participating in play, peer groups, and their community. Therapy will focus on teaching turn taking, how to read body language, initiation, maintaining a conversation, topic maintenance, and other nuances of pragmatic language. These skills will be taught in various settings for optimal carryover.
Voice disorders such as chronic hoarseness or PVFM benefit from therapy. Voice therapy consists of multiple aspects of vocalization including quality, pitch, loudness and resonance . Therapy focuses on improving vocal hygiene, breathing and vocalization. Self monitoring and strategies will be taught for carryover.
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
CHILDHOOD APRAXIA OF SPEECH
EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING DISORDERS
CLEFT LIP & PALATE
CEREBROVASCULAR ACCIDENT (CVA OR STROKE)