Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs), sometimes called Speech Therapists, work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive communication, and swallowing disorders. All of our therapists possess graduate degrees in SLP and have been awarded the Certificate of Clinical Competence, the highest level of excellence in the field.
Our standard programs address:
- Articulation/Phonological Disorders: Difficulties with production of speech sounds that impact speech intelligibility.
- PROMPT: Prompts for Restructuring Oral and Muscular Phonetic Targets. Very hands- on and utilizes techniques based on touch pressure and cues to help reshape the way the brain and mouth work together.
- Oral Placement Therapy: Utilizes a combination of: (1) auditory (2) visual and (3) tactile input to the mouth to improve speech clarity.
- Language Disorders: Difficulties understanding (receptive) or producing (expressive) language.
- Cognitive Disorders: Difficulty with thinking, perceiving and understanding at an age appropriate level.
- Voice Disorders: Difficulty producing vocal quality, pitch, loudness, duration and resonance appropriate for age or gender.
- Fluency Disorders: Difficulty with the flow of speaking.
- Feeding Disorders: does not consume enough volume or variety of foods and liquids to grow normally or have optimal nutrition for health.
Our Specialty Programs include:
- Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC): Includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. AAC is used by those with a wide range of speech and language impairments, including congenital impairments such as cerebral palsy, intellectual impairment and autism, and acquired conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. We have an extensive AAC lab with state of the art equipment and communication devices and highly trained staff.
- Three social skills groups meet twice a month, facilitated by an OT and a speech therapist. Groups work on problem-solving, emotions, turn taking, sharing, conversation initiation, etc. Parents are given information about the group activities after each session and are provided with “homework” opportunities to practice the skills learned that week.
- Kids Center hosts an annual two-day Feeding Conference, featuring a nationally- recognized expert in the field, for area professionals. A Feeding Support Group is offered quarterly for families, caregivers, and professionals.