Speech Language Therapy

Our dynamic and experienced team of speech therapists has helped countless kids with speech, language and feeding challenges reach their full potential. We take special care to develop an individualized plan that focuses on the whole child. Our unique approach combines traditional therapies with group work, allowing us to address difficulties while nurturing the social and emotional skills that help kids be kids. 

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Speech Language Therapy

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At Integrated Children’s Therapy our skilled team of Speech Language Pathologists help children with challenges in the areas of communication, including: Articulation (forming sounds); Fluency (stuttering); Receptive Language (what a child understands); Expressive Language (what a child communicates); Pragmatics (social skills); Feeding and Swallowing.

Because these challenges can affect a child’s ability to socialize and learn, we take a unique approach that works with target behaviors while also emphasizing social and emotional development. Our therapists’ first goal is to form a warm, caring relationship with your child. In the context of that relationship we meet your child at his or her level and work to not only correct speech and language issues, but also nurture social and emotional development to help your child thrive in his or her relationships and environment.

Speech Language Therapy can help if your child exhibits any of the following:

Trouble speaking and communicating clearly and intelligibly, including:

  • Omitting sounds or leaving sounds out of words
  • Substituting one sound for another
  • Distorting a sound in a word
  • Using words incorrectly
  • Struggling to express ideas, thoughts or feelings in a clear, organized way
  • Using inappropriate grammatical patterns
  • Exhibiting reduced vocabulary

Difficulty understanding nuances of language, such as:

  • Greeting others
  • Maintaining or changing topic
  • Making eye contact
  • Respecting personal space
  • Reading, understanding and using body language
  • Modifying behavior to fit a situation
  • Listening quietly
  • Listening with whole body
  • Adapting to change

Trouble understanding and communicating concepts, for example:  

  • Following directions
  • Creating stories
  • Relating events
  • Sequencing ideas or steps to a game
  • Negotiating or defending ideas
  • Accepting others’ ideas
  • Reading and understanding stories
  • Persisting when not heard or understood

Difficulty building friendships and relating to peers, including:

  • Initiating play
  • Being flexible
  • Taking turns

Trouble with feeding or swallowing, including:

  • Eating only certain foods, textures and flavors, resulting in a limited diet
  • Eating only soft foods
  • Chewing or swallowing with difficulty
  • Prolonged bottle use

Some of our goals for Speech Language Therapy are that each child is able to:

  • Speak clearly and intelligibly
  • Understand and express emotions
  • Understand body language
  • Monitor own body language
  • Solve problems
  • Be more flexible
  • Increase attention
  • Generate new ideas and expand on others’ ideas
  • Initiate and sustain meaningful interactions with others
  • Participate in rich, meaningful interactions
  • Play cooperatively and take turns with peers
  • Be aware of environment and others in it
  • Follow directions
  • Ask for help
  • Make choices
  • Increase independence
  • Accomplish school assignments
  • Better navigate his or her social world
  • Use and understand humor
  • Eat a varied diet

Our team of Speech Language Pathologists incorporate the following approaches: DIR®/FloortimeTM, PROMPT, Social Thinking, Whole Body Listening, Visualizing and Verbalizing, Story Grammar Marker, Therapeutic Listening, Fast ForWard, Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding, AEIOU Systematic Approach to Feeding, Beckman Oral Motor Techniques, Talk Tools, and TAMO (Movement Organization Therapy).

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