Cole Pediatric Therapy's experienced team of Speech Language Pathologists work with children of all ages and abilities. Children experiencing difficulty with communication and related disorders, from auditory and memory to voice and oral motor could benefit from speech therapy services. Disorders may range from simple sound repetitions and misarticulations to the complete inability to communicate using speech and language. At Cole Pediatric Therapy, our therapists work with children on a variety of levels. Early intervention is key, get started today! Our speech programs include but are not limited to the following:
Receptive Language Therapy
Our team will focus on the following skills while performing Receptive Language Therapy: following routine requests such as “sit down” and “throw it away,” pointing to familiar pictures/objects when named by others, appropriately using objects/toys during play, understanding increased amount of words and sentences, as well as understanding reading passages. If a child is experiencing difficulty in understanding others, then he/she could benefit from receptive therapy.
Expressive Language Therapy
Our team will focus on the following skills through Expressive Language Therapy: using words (or other communication systems such as pictures or sign language) to name or request items/actions, using word endings correctly (such as plurals, possessives, past tense), using correct grammatical structures, answering/asking yes/no and who, what, where, when, why, how questions, improving written expression, and improving pragmatic/social skills. If a child is experiencing difficulty in sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings then he/she could benefit from expressive language therapy.
Articulation/Phonological Processing Therapy
Our team may address/teach the following skills to those affected with an articulation (speech sound) or phonological (production) processing disorder: hearing the differences between sounds and gaining the ability to articulate these sounds correctly so they are understood by unfamiliar listeners. If a child is experiencing difficulty in producing specific sounds correctly (such as always saying the (f) sound incorrectly), then he/she may have an articulation disorder and could greatly benefit from speech therapy.
Our feeding specialists will focus on providing therapy to increase oral intake and expand the child’s range of foods by introducing new tastes, temperatures, and textures. Feeding therapy may include oral motor exercises to teach the child the correct chewing, sucking, or swallowing pattern to ensure safety when eating. If your child exhibits any difficulty with swallowing, sucking, eating, maintaining a healthy weight, or is simply a picky eater, he/she could benefit by our feeding therapy program. In addition, we offer Vital-Stim therapy, a specialized training, for those children who medically qualify.'
Oral Motor Therapy
Our team of speech language pathologists use various exercises in oral motor therapy to increase jaw, lip, and tongue strength as well as overall oral coordination. They will address breathing support required for feeding, swallowing, and speech. If your child is experiencing difficulty moving parts of his/her mouth to speak, eat, or swallow, then they could benefit from oral motor therapy.
Our Speech Language Pathologists provide therapy to help children with an increased awareness of stuttering in themselves and others, learn and use relaxation techniques, and produce fluent speech via certain strategies. If your child continually inserts words/sounds (like, um, uh, hmm) in phrases, repeats sounds/words/phrases, and/or has difficulty “getting the words out,” then he/she could benefit from speech therapy.