Pediatric Speech Therapy

Solace Pediatric Home Healthcare provides personalized, home-based therapy services for children from birth to 18 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.

Speech/Language Evaluations

When you or your physician contacts Solace with a speech/language concern, we schedule a comprehensive evaluation with one of our pediatric Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) in your home. 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:

Articulation Disorder – Difficulty Producing Specific Sounds
Phonological Disorder – Difficulty Producing A Group of Sounds
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) – Inability to Recognize & Understand Speech Sounds in Certain Situations
Fluency Disorders – Stuttering, Cluttering, Smooth Rate of Speech
Receptive Language – What Your Child Understands
Expressive Language – The Way Your Child Expresses Themselves
Neurological disorders – Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic brain injury, Stroke
Fluency Disorders – Stuttering, Cluttering, Smooth Rate of Speech
Oral Motor & Feeding Skills – Difficulty Chewing, Swallowing, Different Textures
Speech Delays – Atypical Speech & Language Development
Speech Apraxia/dyspraxia – Motor Speech Disorder (Brain Coordination)
Non-verbal and Verbal communication skills
Augmentative/Alternative Communication Methods
Voice Disorders – Hoarseness, Vocal Abuse, Vocal Nodules
Pragmatics/Social Communication – Ability to Use Communication in Socially Acceptable Ways
Communication for children with Hearing Impairment, cochlear implant
Aural Rehabilitation

Feeding and Swallowing

Solace’s team of pediatric Occupational Therapists (OTR), Physical Therapists (PT) and Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) 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 a part of the oral phase.
  • Pharyngeal phase – starting the swallow and squeezing food down the throat. The child needs to close off his 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 breast feeding
  • 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 doctor and ask to be referred to our team for an evaluation.

Developmental Milestones

Solace Pediatric Home Healthcare provides pediatric occupational, physical, speech/ language and nursing 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 below 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 physician.

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 doctor. 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 doctor about your child’s 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.

Developmental Milestones by Age