TYPES OF SERVICES
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) develop and enhance communication skills. Our pediatric speech-language therapists assess, diagnose, and treat children based on the nature of their communication challenges. These may include foundational skills for communication like play and attention, as well as, language understanding and use, speech production, oral-motor and/or feeding and swallowing and social skills.
Occupational therapists teach children how to be as independent as possible in their daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy addresses: self-regulation, sensory processing, feeding, dressing, grooming, and handwriting. Also, the: attention, fine motor skills, coordination, and strength needed to complete routines of daily living.
Pediatric physical therapists help children achieve physical milestones to allow the child to gain more independence at home, in the community, and at school. Physical therapy addresses strength, balance, motor control, coordination, and range of motion through research-based treatment. Physical therapy is often recommended for children who are not meeting age-appropriate gross motor milestones.
Feeding therapy helps children learn how to eat or how to eat better. Feeding therapists provide feeding therapy and are usually occupational therapists or speech and language pathologists. Feeding therapy is often recommended to help infants and children who have difficulties with sucking, chewing, swallowing, as well as, difficulties related to sensory based concerns. If you are concerned about your child's food selectivity, food or texture refusal, mealtime tantrums, reduced food or liquid intake, or swallowing, then your child may benefit from feeding therapy. The earlier a child is in therapy to address these problems, the better the growth, nutrition, and future eating outcomes.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as, by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.