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 Treatment
Following a speech therapy evaluation completed at PTS, Inc., a speech therapist will develop a treatment plan individualized for the child. Typically, PTS, Inc. speech therapists use a combination of child directed and therapist directed approaches throughout a therapy session. Child directed therapy allows the child to take the lead. This type of therapy is play based and is motivating, interesting, helps to generalize skills, and teaches the skill that matches the activity. While playing, a variety of toys, games, flashcards, pictures, books, objects, or electronics are used to address specific areas of need. Older children can follow a more therapist directed approach because they have the ability to attend longer and understand the importance of practice. This approach allows for more drill practice and less games/toys for motivation. Therapist directed approach is used as much as possible so that the most progress can be made.
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 provide therapy in a variety of areas, including the following:
- Speech & 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