Successful communication involves the ability to hear a message, process the information, formulate a response, initiate and motor plan a response verbally in a socially appropriate manner. Breakdowns can occur in any of these areas.Our licensed speech and language pathologists are highly trained to work with children of all abilities. Our specialties include children with Autism, Apraxia of speech, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, food aversions, g-tubes and feeding problems. We perform thorough evaluations and develop individualized treatment plans to address the child’s specific needs.
Areas of Treatment
Expressive language - the ability to use language to communicate
Receptive language - the ability to comprehend and process language
Pragmatic language - the use of social skills and ability to interpret nonverbal cues
Augmentative/Alternative Communication - The use of alternative devices to facilitate communication. These may include pictures, PECS, switches, ipads and other communication devices.
Oral Motor - Strength and function of oral structures and motor plans for coordinating movements for production of speech.
Articulation - Precise production of sounds for intelligible speech.
Feeding/Swallowing - Specifically the oral phase of swallow including size, texture, temperature, and taste of bolus, drooling and gagging, sensory issues, bolus management, and muscle functions during swallow.
Cognition - Attention, focus, memory, problem solving and executive function
Phonology - Understanding sound symbol relationships
Literacy - Reading, writing and understanding printed language
The speech pathologists at Fun Kids Clinic and Points of Stillness have training, experience and hold certifications in a variety of treatment approaches.
Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (P.R.O.M.P.T.)
Beckman Oral Motor Program
Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson Oral Motor Therapy / Talk Tools™
Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding (S.O.S.)
Visualizing and Verbalizing
The LIPS Program
Greenspan Floortime Approach
Picture Exchange Communication System, (PECS)