What is Speech Therapy?
Speech- language therapy is recommended for children who experience difficulty understanding language, processing verbal information, expressing themselves, articulating speech sounds, speaking fluently, voicing correctly, interacting/ communicating with others, and/ or feeding and swallowing typically. Speech therapists at PTS, Inc. work on helping children birth to 18 years old gain abilities to become more effective communicators and improve feeding and swallowing abilities. The speech therapists’ goal is to assist children in learning new skills and becoming independent communicators through a variety of structured and non-structured activities.
Why Speech / Language Therapy?
Communication is an essential component of learning and development that begins in infancy and continues throughout adulthood. A baby’s first cries are their way of communicating basic needs- hunger, pain, boredom, etc. and then quickly develop into coos and squeals to communicate happiness and joy. A typically developing child then learns the importance of using words, gestures, body language, and facial expressions as means to express wants, needs, and feelings. All children need to communicate in some form. Children who are demonstrating difficulty with their communication abilities may not be able to successfully express themselves, gain independence, have good self- esteem, benefit fully in educational learning and development, and/ or build healthy relationships.
Speech- Language Therapists at Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc. are American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified, are licensed by the state of Minnesota Department of Health, and are CPR and First Aid trained. PTS, Inc. Speech-Language Therapists identify areas of need, evaluate, and provide individualized treatment plans. Our Speech-Language Therapists use a combination of child directed and therapist directed approaches to target a variety of areas, including the following:
- Speech Sound/ Articulation
- Expressive & Receptive Language
- Feeding/ Swallowing/ Oral Motor
- Social Communication
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
- Auditory and Language Processing
- Executive Functioning
Speech- Language Therapists at Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc. have also advanced their areas of training in the following treatment approaches:
- It Takes Two to Talk® Program from the Hanen Center
- Training in Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
- Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol
- Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding
- The Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile: MBSImP
- Video Swallow Studies in Adults and Children
- Beckman Oral Motor Program
- Assessment/ Recommendation of Tongue Tie & Tongue Thrust
- Social Thinking® by Michelle Garcia Winner
- Pragmatic Organization of Dynamic Display (PODD)
- Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
- Speech Generating Device Training provided by Talk to Me Technologies, Prentke Romich Company, and TobiiDynaVox