SERVICES FOR CHILDREN

 

FEEDING AND SWALLOWING SUPPORT

Pediatric feeding and swallowing difficulties can begin as early as the first days following your child’s birth to later in your child’s development when solid foods are introduced. Your child may have feeding and swallowing difficulties as a result of a medical condition related to structural differences in the mouth, throat or esophagus or due to weakness or damage to the muscles involved in swallowing. It is possible that your child has developed feeding difficulties such as food aversions as a result of medical trauma or texture sensitivities. Read more >>

LANGUAGE SUPPORT

Your child or adolescent’s language difficulties can present in many different ways, such as having trouble finding the correct word to name an object (e.g. naming a “candle” a “lamp”), to having difficulty understanding the directions that have been given (e.g. “get the piece of paper on the bottom shelf”), to having trouble using certain grammatical forms (e.g. he will go fishing this weekend). Later in your child’s development, it is common to see language difficulties present themselves in both reading and writing, where your child might have difficulty understanding stories, and narrative texts, have difficulty formulating sentences or following along with the classroom discussion. Read more >>

EARLY LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

Is your child having difficulty following directions, pointing to pictures or answering questions?  These are just some indicators that your child may have a receptive language difficulty, meaning difficulties understanding spoken language. Other times, it may not be the understanding of language that is a concern, but that your child is not using words or is having difficulty putting words together to form a sentence. Maybe your child is having trouble using the correct grammar, or putting words together in the correct order, this can mean that your child is having expressive language difficulties, meaning difficulties with the use of language. Read more >>

SPEECH ARTICULATION SUPPORT

Are you often having to be your child’s voice with friends and family because others have a hard time understanding what your child is saying? As a parent it can be difficult to know whether your child’s speech sounds are developing typically or not.  Although each child develops at their own rate, there are certain speech characteristics that can tell you if your child may have a speech sound difficulty (articulation/phonology difficulty). Read more >>

FLUENCY

Children often go through a stage in their speech and language development where they might get stuck on a word in a sentence and repeat it several times when speaking. This can be referred to as dysfluent speech or stuttering. It is typical for children to have moments in their development where they may repeat a word at the beginning of their sentence a few times (2-4 times), however other children may develop more dysfluent speech, where they repeat a single word several times (6+ times),  draw out the initial sound of a word (e.g. “wwwwwwe” for “we”), and/or repeat the initial sound of a word several times (e.g. “t/t/t/t/ today we went…”). Read more >>

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