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EVALUATIONS AND THERAPY

Our Programs

Learn Grow Excel              Nurture Grow Flourish

Speech Therapy

We want children to be comfortable in the way in which they communicate. Their earliest interactions can help establish long-lasting patterns of learning.

Learn - Grow - Excel

We love to see children feel good about their mealtimes. This begins at birth and continues throughout life.

Nurture - Grow - Flourish

Learn - Grow - Excel

We want children to be comfortable in the way in which they communicate.  Their earliest interactions can help establish long-lasting patterns of learning.

 

In our Learn – Grow – Excel program, we work with your child and family in providing skilled therapy to assist your child with understanding, expanding, and using language appropriate to their age and cognitive level. 

 

As your child grows, we offer continued support for their higher-level language and speech skills, ensuring they can be understood by others and are able to understand and share information.

 

Reading and writing in the academic setting and other learning environments provide another opportunity for children to broaden the way in which they can connect with others through the use of words.  We offer therapy services to assist in these areas so that your child can excel in their academic career.

What to Bring to Your Child’s Initial Evaluation:

We request that you bring any outside developmental or academic testing and other therapy evaluations. We will likely not be able to review all of these the day of your child’s evaluation, but this will provide us additional information so that we can address concerns from a whole-child approach.

Nurture - Grow - Flourish

We love to see children feel good about their mealtimes. This begins at birth and continues throughout life.

 

In our Nurture – Grow – Flourish program, we work with your child and family in providing skilled therapy to assist your child with their feeding, swallowing, and oral motor skills.

 

Newborns and Infants

We provide nurturing interventions for your newborn/infants who may have difficulty breastfeeding or taking a bottle. We also specialize in the evaluation of Tethered Oral Tissues (tongue, lip, cheek ties) and follow-up to insure adequate age and developmental oral skills.

 

6 months and up

As your child grows, mealtimes in the highchair and at the table should also be enjoyable for them.  If your child does not like the way food feels in their mouth or on their hands, their desire to eat can decrease. Your child may also have difficulty manipulating food in his/her mouth and/or cannot nibble, munch, or chew foods as appropriate for their age, which can make them unsure of foods and cause them to shy away from mealtimes.  This can be overwhelming for you as a parent and caregiver as you know that your child needs food for nourishment and growth.

 

Our trained feeding and oral motor therapists will work with your child and family in developing a plan to address issues associated with his/her feeding, swallowing, or oral motor deficits. We will also demonstrate techniques, specific to your child, that can be carried over in the home environment so that your child can flourish in his/her feeding skills.

 

All of our feeding and oral motor programs do require that a parent or caregiver

be present to learn specialized techniques for carryover in the home environment.

 

What To Bring to Your Child’s Initial Feeding and Oral Motor Evaluation:

 

Newborns and Infants:

If breastfed, we ask that child’s mother be present

Bottle and breastmilk or formula

Pacifier

Any teethers currently being used

Any special pillows used for positioning

We may request more, if indicated by initial parent concern

6 to 12 Months:

Smooth food (stage 2 baby food)

Easily dissolvable food

Mashed table food

We may request more, if indicated by initial parent concern

 

1 year and Up:

3 preferred foods

3 non-preferred foods

These foods should vary in texture (hard and crunchy like a chip or cracker, soft and smooth like yogurt, pudding or pureed foods, wet like a fruit or vegetable, chewy like meat or gummy snacks) and can also vary in taste (sweet, salty, sour, spicy) and temperature (cold, room temperature, hot – a microwave is available, if needed).

We also ask that you bring your child’s plate, bowl, utensil, and cup they use at home.

We may request more, if indicated by initial parent concern.

1 year and Up with Possible Tethered Oral Tissues:

One crunchy food, one chewy food

What to Bring to Your Child’s Initial Swallowing and Oral Motor Evaluation:

Any swallow study that has been completed in the past

Selection of food and drink to bring will be determined by evaluating therapist when appointment is scheduled

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