Speech and Language Therapy – A comprehensive therapy program is designed from the therapist’s interpretation of evaluation(s) and individual profiles. The customized program is designed to meet each client’s individual needs. Objectives of therapy most often focus on improving receptive and expressive language abilities, pragmatic language, articulation skills, and pre-literacy enhancement.
AAC – Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. We all use AAC when we make facial expressions or gestures, use symbols or pictures, or write. People with severe speech or language problems rely on AAC to supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional. Special augmentative aids, such as picture and symbol communication boards and electronic devices, are available to help people express themselves. This may increase social interaction, school performance, and feelings of self-worth. AAC users do not stop using speech if they are able to do so. The AAC aids and devices are used to enhance their communication.
PROMPT – (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) is a tactile-kinesthetic approach that uses touch cues to a patient’s articulators (jaw, tongue, lips) to manually guide movements through a targeted word, phrase, or sentence. The technique develops motor control and correct oral muscular movements while also eliminating unnecessary muscle movements such as jaw sliding. PROMPT uses a holistic intervention plan that addresses not only speech-motor problems but also cognitive-linguistic and social-emotional disorders that may affect speech. PROMPT therapy is appropriate for a wide range of patients with communication disorders including both children and adults. The most common patients include those with motor speech disorders, articulation problems, and non-verbal children. Many patients with aphasia, apraxia/dyspraxia, dysarthria, pervasive developmental disorders, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries, and autism spectrum disorders have benefited from PROMPT therapy.
Occupational therapists – are specialists in assessing and developing treatment programs that support the development of movement, sensory processing play, and learning.
Feeding Therapy – Feeding challenges affect individuals of all ages for a variety of different reasons. Eating is a highly complex act, relying on the respiratory, postural, oral-motor, and sensory systems of the body to work in harmony. Challenges in any one of these areas may disrupt the timing and coordination of the body’s overall ability to eat and drink. This disruption can result in an individual who experiences challenges in eating and sees mealtimes as an unpleasant job rather than as an enjoyable experience.
Nutrition Counseling – Social workers are knowledgeable about a child’s emotional and social development. Our therapists facilitate the development of positive strong relationships, self -esteem, emotional regulation and learning.
ABA – (Applied Behavioral Analysis) is a widely accepted approach among health care professionals and used in many schools and treatment clinics. ABA encourages positive behaviors and discourages negative behaviors in order to improve a variety of skills. Progress is tracked and measured. ABA procedures can be categorized as both comprehensive or focused. There are different types of ABA including Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI), Pivotal Response Training (PRT), and Verbal Behavioral Intervention (VBI). Regardless of the specific categories or goals for treatment, common features of all ABA-based approaches are 1) the objective measurement of behavior, 2) use of procedures based on scientifically established principles of behavior, and 3) precise control of the environment to allow for the objective evaluation of outcomes. Finding and Supporting the team of resources for each individual child (schools, counselors, physicians, etc)
Educational supports – training school staff, IEP attendance