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Speech Therapy
Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) are licensed professionals who work with individuals with a variety of communication disorder/delays as well as problems with swallowing and feeding. 

Speech therapy addresses issues such as: 

  • Problems with speech production
    › Substituting sounds
    › Omitting sounds
    › Distorting sounds

  • Delays in expressive/receptive communication
    › Lack of vocabulary/using gestures and “whining” to communicate
    › Not combining words into phrases/sentences
    › Difficulty responding to questions
    › Inability to follow simple commands (i.e. “Bring your shoes”)
    › Not pointing to pictures

  • Stuttering

  • Oral motor/feeding dysfunction
    › Weak oral musculature/poor coordination for chewing/sucking
    › Feeding aversion (avoiding certain textures, gagging on food)
    › Decreased oral awareness (drooling/over-stuffing mouth with food)

  • Alternative/augmentative means of communication
    › Sign language
    › Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS)
    › Voice output devices

Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapists (OT) are licensed professionals who help maximize the independence of individuals limited by physical disability, cognitive impairment or developmental/learning disabilities.

Occupational therapy addresses issues such as: 

  • Fine motor/visual motor deficits
    › Grasping toys and small objects
    › Manipulating zippers, snaps and buttons
    › Using scissors
    › Stacking blocks
    › Placing pieces in a puzzle
    › Tracing and handwriting activities

  • Motor planning and postural control deficits

  • Self care skills
    › Self feeding, dressing, bathing and toileting

  • Wheelchair seating and positioning needs

  • Sensory processing disorders*
    › Signs and symptoms include:
      - Toe walking
      - Hand flapping
      - Difficulty with transitions
      - Sensitivities to movement (swings, slides, etc.)
      - Covering eyes/ears
      - Picky eater
      - Craving intense movements
      - Spinning self
      - Head banging

Physical Therapy
Physical Therapists (PT) are licensed professionals who work with children who have a variety of congenital
and non-congenital conditions, as well as developmental delays. PT’s work to restore gross motor function and mobility, reduce pain and prevent injury through a variety of methods including exercise, stretching, traction
and massage.

Physical therapy addresses issues such as: 

  • Decreased range of motion
  • Decreased strength
  • Decreased endurance
  • Abnormalities in gait and posture

A physical therapist consults with Orthopedic physicians and other specialists to assess the need for braces or orthotics and other durable medical equipment, such as standing frames and wheelchairs.

Contact your pediatrician if you have concerns about your child’s gross motor skills including balance, coordination, strength and endurance.

* Sensory integration therapy is used to improve attention, social participation, self regulation and sensory-motor abilities.