Children’s Services

Our speech-language pathologist are highly trained in the assessment and treatment of speech-language disorders

This includes areas such as Apraxia, dysarthria, articulation impairments, language delays, cognitive impairments, literacy delays, use of augmentative communication, and deficits in social skills.

Speech & Language

Our speech-language pathologist are highly trained in the assessment and treatment of speech-language disorders. This includes areas such as Apraxia, dysarthria, articulation impairments, language delays, cognitive impairments, literacy delays, use of augmentative communication, and deficits in social skills.

We utilize advanced, modern, and researched based therapy techniques such as PROMPT, Beckman Oral Motor Exercises, Oral Placement Therapy, and Hanen to help your child meet their speech-language goals. Your child will be viewed holistically to identify underlying deficits that need to be addressed in order to progress their speech-language development.

What is PROMPT?

Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) is a tactile-kinesthetic therapy approach that uses touch cues to a patient’s articulators (jaw, tongue, lips) to manually guide them through a target word, phrase or sentence. This technique is highly effective in developing motor control and the development of proper oral muscular movements, while eliminating unnecessary muscular movements, such as jaw sliding and inadequate lip rounding.

What is Oral Placement Therapy?

Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) coined by Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson (2009) uses touch, movement, and tools (which include hands) to help a client attain actual speech sound production. These techniques are used when “look, listen, and do as I say” methods do not work. OPT is used to improve articulator awareness, placement (dissociation, grading, and direction of movement), stability, and muscle memory; all of these are necessary for the development of speech clarity.

What are Oral Motor Exercises?

Our speech-language pathologists are highly educated on oral motor functioning and implementation of exercises in therapy. This includes Beckman Oral Motor Exercises. Our speech-language pathologist has been certified in the USA to provide this treatment option. These exercises were developed by Debra Beckman in 1975 to assist movement to activate muscle contraction and to provide movement against resistance to build strength. The focus of these interventions is to increase functional response to pressure and movement, range, strength, variety and control of movements for the lips, cheeks, jaw, and tongue.

Feeding & Swallowing

We are experts at working with children who present with feeding and swallowing disorders. This includes:

  • gastrostomy (G-Tube) or nasogastric (NG-tube) tube dependence
  • Inadequate swallow strength and coordination
  • gagging, coughing, & choking
  • “picky”/”fussy” eaters
  • Oral aversions
  • Infant suck swallow breath pattern
  • Oral motor deficits such as poor chewing and tongue coordination
  • Excessive drooling

Here at Elite Speech Therapy Services, we utilize an effective state of the art treatment modality, Vital Stim Plus. Children with deficits in the areas of feeding, swallowing, and oral motor functioning will be encouraged to participate in the Elite Swallow Rehabilitation Program.

VITAL STIM PLUS

Vital Stim is a non-invasive therapy for treating dysphaia. It is the only technology approved by the FDA for restoring swallowing function in individuals with oropharyngeal dysphagia. It is backed by multiple clinical studies. The lasting effect of Vital Stim was validated in a three-year study submitted to the FDA, which showed the improvement in swallowing function was maintained throughout this time. Other published studies have shown the positive and lasting impact of Vital Stim in groups where previous attempts at treatment with conventional therapy had failed.

Vital Stim therapy uses small electrical currents to stimulate the muscles responsible for swallowing allowing for re-education of the muscles. This treatment modality will be provided by our highly trained speech-language pathologist certified to provide this type of therapy.

Would you like to learn more about what Elite Speech Therapy Services can do for you?

Give us a call today to speak to our speech pathologist!