Pediatric Speech Therapy
Solace Pediatric Home Healthcare provides personalized, home-based therapy services for children from birth to 21 years of age with short term to acute diagnosis. Our specialized pediatric speech therapy team is specifically trained in pediatrics and dedicated to providing skilled, evidence based, patient-focused care. We provide therapy in a nurturing environment that promotes those we serve to grow, learn, play and thrive while receiving care in the security of their home. Our team of specialists works with the family, physicians and specialists to create the best individualized plan for your child.
When you or your physician contacts Solace with a speech-language concern, we will schedule a comprehensive evaluation with one of our pediatric Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) in your home for pediatric speech therapy. A SLP is an expert in developing skills needed to effectively communicate or for swallowing and feeding. Our SLP’s have their Master’s degree from an accredited speech therapy program, a clinical certificate of competency (CCCs) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and are licensed in the Colorado. Our therapist will thoroughly discuss the evaluation, recommendations, options, individualized goals and assist you in working with your child at home.
Comprehensive Pediatric Speech Therapy Assists with the Following and More:
Phonological Disorder – A phonological disorder are speech sound errors that are predictable and follow a pattern. An example is when a child leaves off the last syllable of a word. For instance, they may say “bo” for boat and “duh” for duck.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) – Individuals with APD typically have normal structure and function of the outer, middle and inner ear, but they are unable to process the information they hear in the same way others do. This leads to difficulties in recognizing and interpreting sounds, especially the sounds composing speech.
Fluency Disorders – A fluency disorder causes problems with the flow, rhythm and speed of speech. Stuttering and cluttering are types of fluency disorders.
Receptive Language Disorder – A child with receptive language disorder has difficulties with understanding what is said to them.
Expressive Language Disorder – This is a disorder in which there are difficulties with verbal and written expression. This can include problems with vocabulary, producing complex sentences and remembering words.
Neurological Disorders – Common neurological disorders include cerebral palsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), epilepsy, autism and stroke.
Fluency Disorders – Stuttering, Cluttering, Smooth Rate of Speech
Oral Motor & Feeding Skills – Oral motor and feeding therapies address issues related to drinking, chewing, biting and swallowing. It can also address sensory issues, including tolerance of the smell, feel and taste of foods. Feeding therapy is play-based and can occur in an individual or group format.
Speech Delays – Atypical speech and language development.
Speech Apraxia/Dyspraxia – Apraxia is a neurological condition that affects the muscles of the mouth, including the tongue, jaw, cheeks, palate and lips. This condition prevents a child from producing intelligible spoken language.
Non-verbal and Verbal communication skills – Verbal communication uses words and sounds. Non-verbal communication uses gestures, behaviors and expressions.
Augmentative & Alternative Communication Methods – This encompasses the communication methods used to supplement or replace speech or writing for those with impairments in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language.
Voice Disorders – Voice disorders are noticeably different to the voices of others who are the same age and sex. Children with voice disorders may have harsh or hoarse voices, or voices that are too high or low, too loud or too nasal.
Social Communication Disorder – A social communication disorder is any disorder that affects an individual’s ability to comprehend, detect or apply language and speech to engage in communication effectively with others.
Communication For Children with Hearing Impairment or Cochlear Implant.
Aural Rehabilitation Services – This service includes activities to increase awareness of sound, identify sounds, identify the difference between sounds and attach meaning to sounds.
Pediatric Speech Therapy: Feeding and Swallowing
Solace’s team of pediatric occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists specialize in feeding and swallowing therapy in your home. After an initial evaluation, your therapist will discuss treatment recommendations individualized to meet your child’s needs.
All children must learn the process of eating and swallowing. They start by sucking and then learn how to eat solids and drink liquids. Most children learn eventually; however, a child with a disorder will continue having trouble with the process or extreme “pickiness.” Medical or physical conditions may be the cause or complicate the disorder.
A child who has dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) may have difficulty with one or more of the following phases:
- Oral phase. Sucking, chewing, and moving food or liquid into the throat. Feeding is also a part of the oral phase.
- Pharyngeal phase. Starting to swallow and squeezing food down the throat. The child needs to close off the airway to keep food or liquid out. Food going into the airway can cause coughing and choking.
- Esophageal phase. Opening and closing the esophagus, or the tube that goes from the mouth to the stomach. The esophagus squeezes food down to the stomach. Food can get stuck in the esophagus. Or, a child may throw up a lot if there is a problem with the esophagus.
According to the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) the signs of feeding and swallowing disorders are:
- Arches back or stiffens when feeding
- Cries or fusses when feeding
- Falls asleep when feeding
- Has problems breastfeeding
- Has trouble breathing while eating and drinking
- Refuses to eat or drink
- Eats only certain textures, such as soft food or crunchy food
- Takes a long time to eat
- Has problems chewing
- Coughs or gags during meals
- Drools a lot or has liquid come out her mouth or nose
- Gets stuffy during meals
- Has a gurgly, hoarse, or breathy voice during or after meals
- Spits up or throws up a lot
- Is not gaining weight or growing
If you have concerns, please discuss with your child’s pediatrician and ask to be referred to our team for an evaluation for pediatric speech therapy or feeding therapy.
Solace Pediatric Home Healthcare provides pediatric occupational, physical, speech-language and feeding services in the home, pre-school or natural setting. We see children from birth that are at risk for, or have documented developmental delays. Our company’s mission is to provide quality services that will help each child reach his or her full potential with minimal disruption to their daily lives and activities.
Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act and move. Development varies for each child; but the milestones are the broad guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They can be helpful in understanding what to expect so you can discuss any concerns with your child’s pediatrician.
At Solace, we know that you know your child the best. If you are concerned that there is a problem with the way your child plays, learns, speaks, acts or moves, speak with your child’s pediatrician. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be screened for general development using standardized, validated tools at 9, 18, and 24 or 30 months and for autism at 18 and 24 months or whenever a parent or provider has a concern. Ask your child’s pediatrician about a developmental screening.
If you or your doctor thinks there might be a delay, either of you may reach out to our team and refer your child for an evaluation with a pediatric therapist.