Speech and language therapy provides treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.
We deal with:
- Speech delays and disorders including articulation, phonology and motor speech disorders.
- Language delays and disorders, including expression and comprehension in oral and non-verbal contexts
- Fluency disorders, including stuttering.
- Voice and resonance disorders.
- Swallowing and feeding disorders in adults, children and infants.
- Cognitive-communicative disorders including social communication skills, reasoning, problem solving and executive functions.
- Pre-literacy and literacy skills including phonological awareness, decoding, reading comprehension and writing.
- Communication and swallowing disorders related to other issues. For example, hearing impairments, traumatic brain injury, dementia, developmental, intellectual or genetic disorders and neurological impairments.
ORO FACIAL MYOLOGY
“Oro Facial Myology is the study and treatment of oral and facial muscles as they relate to speech, dentition, chewing/bolus collection, swallowing and overall mental and physical health.”
– Sandra Holtzman, Certified OroFacial Myologist (COM)
We are trained to identify and successfully treat the variety of myofunctional disorders:
- Thumb and finger sucking;
- a mouth-open posture with lips apart;
- a forward rest posture of the tongue;
- thrusting of the tongue during speaking and swallowing .Myofunctional therapy can be basically described as rest posture therapy. Specific treatments involve establishing and stabilizing normal rest postures for tongue and lips, eliminating habit patterns, and correcting swallowing patterns when tongue thrusting is involved. Improvements in appearance are observed during and following therapy.
ORAL PLACEMENT THERAPY
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.
Designed to enhance an individual’s learning and thinking strategies, the IE tools are a series of non-curricular paper and pencil tasks, focusing on perceptual-motor function.
During the IE sessions, a trained Feuerstein mediator leads learners, either one-on-one or in a classroom, through increasingly complex cognitive tasks and works with them on how to analyze a problem and how to solve it systematically. The progressive nature of the IE tools allows the learner’s progress to be monitored, and the program to be modified in accordance with the learner’s developing needs.IE utilizes a style of teaching called mediation. In our terms, mediation means to teach information to the learner in a way that is meaningful to them, so that they understand the lesson and are able to apply it in other contexts