Speech-Language Pathologists at our clinic can assess and treat the following disorders but are not limited to: articulation/phonological disorders, receptive/expressive language disorders, fluency disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, feeding disorders, oral-myofunctional disorders, autism spectrum disorders, apraxia and oral-motor disorders, selective mutism, voice disorders, social language disorders, and literacy disorders.
What Speech Therapists can do to help with feeding?
According to American Speech and Hearing Association, your child may have a feeding or swallowing problem if she:
There are many possible causes for feeding and swallowing problems, including:
Voice disorders in children can often go unnoticed or be confused with a child’s natural speech. There are several signs that a child may have a voice disorder if they occur often, including:
The American Speech and Hearing Association defines a voice disorder as being “characterized by the abnormal production and/or absences of vocal quality, pitch, loudness, resonance, and/or duration, which is inappropriate for an individual’s age and/or sex.”
Oral Myofunctional Disorders
There are a multitude of symptoms or signs that may be present if you have a deviated swallow. Some of the most common symptoms to look for are: misalignment of the teeth, articulation problems; tongue protruding in the mouth when speaking, eating or at rest; dry, chapped lips or mouth breathing; poor facial tone; excessive belching or stomach aches; poor eating and feeding mechanics; sleep apnea; and reflux.
A Myofunctional Evaluation includes observation of a patient’s breathing, eating, drinking, speech, facial symmetry and posture. The therapist takes several specific measurements to learn the baseline strength of the patient’s tongue, lips, and masseters. The evaluation also includes a focused observation of the starting swallow pattern, which is recorded for future comparison.