Speaking of Speech Therapy Services, LLC.

 

Services

Full Spectrum of Services (including, but not limited to):

  • Speech Sound Disorders
  • Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Stuttering/Fluency Disorders
  • Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders/Tongue Thrust
  • Augmentative/Alternative Communication Devices
  • School-Based Issues
  • In-Home Consultations

*Contact us for information on additional services

 

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888 Griffiths Way,
Mainland ML12345

Speech Sound Disorders

As children learn to speak, it is common for them to produce sounds incorrectly. As they age, it is typical for these sounds to begin to sound more like adult-like speech, but sometimes they don't correct on their own and your child's speech starts to sound different from his or her peers. You may notice that other people in your family and also strangers have difficulty understanding your child's speech.

Working with Speaking of Speech Therapy Services will help you determine if your child has a speech sound disorder and what the best treatment method is. These are often able to be corrected with a rigorous plan in place.

Receptive/Expressive Language Disorders

Language disorders can be separated into Receptive Language Disorders and Expressive Language Disorders. If your child has difficulty understanding what people are saying, following directions, answering questions, pointing to objects and pictures, or knowing how to take turns, he or she may have a receptive language disorder.

If your child has difficulty asking questions, naming objects, putting words together into sentences, using correct pronouns (he, she, they, I, etc.), understanding and participating in conversations, or adapting how they speak in different situations, he or she may have an Expressive Language Disorder.

It is not uncommon for children to have both Receptive and Expressive Language disorders at the same time. Speaking of Speech Therapy Services can evaluate your child's language abilities and work with you to help increase his or her language development.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex diagnosis that a physician and team of professionals work together to diagnose. This diagnosis is characterized by difficulties in understanding and using language skills to build relationships with others effectively. There are many red flags a physician or a speech-language pathologist look for when determining if a child is at risk for a diagnosis of ASD. These include late talking, limited or no use of gestures (pointing, head nods/shakes), pulling you to items wanted, joint attention (he or she attending/looking at an item you call his or her attention to), limited eye contact, and difficulty dealing with changes in his or her schedule.

At Speaking of Speech Therapy Services, a treatment plan will be put into action to help you learn along with your child how to help him or her grow into effective communicators and build relationships with others. Speaking of Speech Therapy Services has therapists with advanced certifications as Certified Autism Specialists. They will work with you to help implement a plan to help your family grow together in communication.

 

Stuttering/Fluency Disorder

Stuttering, the most common fluency disorder, generally is an interruption in the flow of speaking characterized by repetitions (sounds, syllables, words, phrases), sound prolongations, blocks, interjections, and revisions, which may affect the rate and rhythm of speech. These disfluencies may be accompanied by physical tension, negative reactions, secondary behaviors, and avoidance of sounds, words, or speaking situations (ASHA, 1993; Yaruss, 1998; Yaruss, 2004). Cluttering, another fluency disorder, is characterized by perceived rapid and/or irregular speech rate, which results in breakdowns in speech clarity and/or fluency (St. Louis & Schulte, 2001).

At Speaking of Speech Therapy Services our clinicians will work with you to assess your child's speech abilities, determine if a fluency disorder is present, and then work with you to develop a treatment plan to help your child be the best communicator possible.

In-Home Consultations

Whether you are in need of help setting up routines, have difficulty with certain transitions, or are in need of visual supports in your home, contact us for help in these, plus many other areas of concern. 

Our in-home consultations are invaluable for children who have communication needs, whether for setting up alternative communication systems such as PECS, help with visual supports for those who have difficulty with transitions, or helping guide you in how to facilitate tricky transitions. Often, children with communication disorders have a need for other support services in their homes, and with our in-home consultations, we can fullfill that need for you. 

Our therapists at Speaking of Speech Therapy Services have been helping families acheive communication success in their homes. Please let us know how we can help you!

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Those with significant speech or language disorders may require alternate ways of communicating. These systems can be as simple and intuitive as using a notebook to communicate, as quick as pulling out a small picture or symbol to indicate a need, or as comprehensive as a communication device with voice output capabilities. A person with communication needs may use AAC to support their existing communication, or they may need AAC for all of their communication needs. 

There are many types of augmentative and alternative communication systems, and our Speech Pathologists can help develop systems to help your child be the best communicator possible. 

School-Based Issues

School-based Speech Therapy services can be difficult to understand. Sometimes a child may not qualify for school-based speech therapy, but you may feel like your child still needs services. Maybe your child qualifies, but you would like to pursue additional services to supplement those provided at school. Alternatively, some parents choose not to pursue school-based services so that their child is not pulled from his or her classroom, because they don't want their child to lose classroom instruction time. Maybe you would like your child to receive direct, one-on-one intervention with a Speech Pathologist.

Let our therapists at Speaking of Speech, fill in those gaps and give your child the support they need. 

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders/ Tongue Thrust

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD) is behaviors and patterns created by the misuse of the muscles of the face and mouth. 

These behaviors can often result in:

  • speech distortions
  • improper alignment of the teeth
  • improper development of jaw growth and facial structure
  • sleep disordered breathing
  • long term mouth-breathing patterns that compromise overall healthy breathing
  • picky eating and delays in feeding and swallowing

One cause of OMD is retained sucking habits such as sucking fingers, thumb, pacifiers, and clothing. After the age of 4, chronic sucking may begin to do damage and should be addressed. Another cause of OMD is restricted airway due to enlarged tonsils/ adenoids, deviated septum, or allergies. Tongue-tie, neurological/developmental delays, and genetic predispositions also account for OMD occurrance. 

Correcting OMD can help stabilize current dental and orthodontic treatments, reduce sleep apnea in children and adults caused by OMD, ease behavioral difficulties/ADHD caused by sleep disordered breathing, eliminate thumb-sucking, improve speech intelligibility and articulation, and establish normal swallow patterns. 

We can help you or your child correct these patterns that negatively affect teeth alignment, speech production, and breathing for the rest of your lives. Therapy is a  process that requires practice at home, along with sessions with the therapist, until a healthy, typical resting tongue posture and swallow has been achieved.

Tongue-Tie Assessment

Tongue-tie is when there is a band of tissue that restricts the movement of the tongue. It is not uncommon for this band of tissue to exist, but it only becomes problematic when function of the tongue is affected. Tongue-tie can affect breastfeeding, swallowing, eating, and speaking. It can have affects lasting into adulthood on dentition, oral structures, breathing (especially at night), and TMJ dysfuntion. 

Along with a tongue-tie, an individual might also have a lip-tie. A lip-tie might affect breastfeeding but could also create cosmetic issues with dentition as well as possible speech sound issues.

Together, tongue-tie and lip-tie are often called Tethered Oral Tissues. If you have a question about Tethered Oral Tissues for you or your child, we can help you determine if a functional problem exists and help make a plan for you. 

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