Kids with Capes

THERAPY & EVALUATION SERVICES

 

Evaluations

Evaluations allow us to develop a comprehensive understanding of your child's unique abilities and challenges. To identify the underlying factors contributing to your child's challenges, our process includes:

  • Parent interview

  • Observation of your child

  • Formal, standardized assessments

  • Play-based interactions

 

At the conclusion of the assessment, you will receive recommendations and together we will develop a treatment plan with goals that align with your family's preferences and your child's needs.

Disorders Treated

We treat a variety of disorders and diagnoses, including the following:

  • Late-Talkers

  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech

  • Articulation Disorders

  • Phonological Delays & Disorders

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Expressive & Receptive Language Impairment

  • Feeding Disorders

  • Picky Eating

  • Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders

 

At Speech Nest, we treat the child, not the disorder. As every child is a unique individual, every therapy session will be tailored to their specific personalities and needs. 

 
 
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speech and language therapy for children

Speech

Speech therapy combines play-based and traditional approaches to support children in developing speech skills such as:

  • Functional communication for wants and needs

  • Increased speech intelligibility/clarity​

  • Production of age-appropriate speech sounds and sound combinations​

  • Motor planning and coordination for speech

  • Appropriate rhythm and rate of speech

 

We will meet your child where they are at to support the development of age-appropriate speech skills. Together we will reduce frustration and increase your child's confidence in their communication!

Language

Language therapy will help your child engage with their world by developing skills related to understanding and using language. Skills targeted include:

  • Increasing vocabulary and verbal communication

  • Combining words into sentences

  • Engagement in back-and-forth conversation

  • Ability to follow directions

  • Answering and asking questions

  • Retelling stories and using descriptive language

 

Language skills are important for your child to communicate wants and needs, engage in social interactions, and participate in learning and school. Every session will address skills that will have a positive impact on your child's daily life. 

Feeding

We will begin with a feeding evaluation to understand your child's food preferences and aversions, medical history, and sensory concerns. The evaluation will allow us to tailor your child's therapy plan to meet their specific feeding and swallowing needs. We will target goals such as:

  • Increasing tolerance of non-preferred foods

  • Expanding accepted foods

  • Reducing avoidance behaviors during mealtimes

  • Developing oral motor skills for chewing​

 

Parent coaching and home programs are important components of feeding therapy. We will dedicate time every session for education on specific tools and strategies to use at home.

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

Orofacial myofunctional therapy treats abnormal development and movement patterns of the face and mouth which can impact dentition, facial growth, tongue posture, breathing, and speech and feeding skills. Therapy addresses:

  • Open-bite and/or tongue thrust

  • Speech distortions, especially lisps, /r/, and /l/

  • Thumb sucking and other negative oral habits

  • Reduce the risk of re-attachment of the tongue or lip after a frenectomy

  • Persistent open-mouth breathing

  • Chewing with the lips/mouth open

  • Drooling, primarily beyond age 2

 

Orofacial myofunctional treatment is typically provided in collaboration with other professionals such as ENTs, dentists, orthodontists, etc.