The aMAYZing Kids speech-language pathology team is trained to help children with communication and swallowing disorders. Through testing, exercises, and one-on-one sessions, they can evaluate and treat children with a range of challenges and impairments.
The speech-language pathologist will be able to help identify whether these challenges stem from motor difficulties, neurological issues, or impairments in the anatomy of the child’s mouth, jaw, or digestive system.
Common reasons for referral to speech therapy:
- Improper use of words and their meaning
- Inability to express ideas
- Inappropriate grammatical patterns
- Reduced vocabulary
- Inability to follow directions or understand basic concepts
- Echoing (repeating what you say)
- Difficulty following normal rules of conversation and storytelling, such as maintaining or changing topics, maintaining eye contact, and respecting personal space
- Swallowing disorders (beyond the inability to chew or swallow, symptoms may include taking more than 30 minutes to eat, low weight gain, or an aversion to particular food textures)
- Voice disorders (child always talks too loudly, cannot modulate the voice, has a limited amount of time that he/she can speak)
- Articulation disorders:
- Omissions (leaving sounds out of a word, such as “ca” instead of “cat”)
- Substitutions (“tat” instead of “cat”)
- Additions (“buh-rick” instead of “brick”)
- Distortions (a sound routinely changes in a way that does not sound like other sounds in the language; lisps are the most common example
Treatment Techniques and Specialties:
- It Takes Two to Talk®
- Picture Exchange Communication System® (PECS)
- Social skills
- VitalStim® Therapy System
- SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding
- CAS (childhood apraxia of speech auditory processing disorder)
- Hanen Programs®
- Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule™ (ADOS)
- Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol
- PROMPT® (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets)
Speech-Language Therapy FAQs
Will my child grow out of his speech problem?
What is “oral motor,” or “feeding” therapy?
My child has been diagnosed with receptive-expressive language disorder, but my insurance says that speech therapy will not be covered unless the disorder is due to an illness or injury. Is this an illness?
Insurance companies will often deny this condition for therapy unless it is associated with a medical condition that has been identified by your physician as the likely cause for the language delay. Understanding and discussing your child’s birth and health history with your physician and therapist is important.