Occupational therapy is a form of intervention in which the therapist and child work to develop or improve the necessary skills for daily living through activity. Therapy can target skills needed for coordination, school readiness and performance, self help such as feeding, dressing and grooming, focus and attention, play/social interaction, eye-hand coordination, calming, regulatory behaviors and more. We use a variety of treatment approaches, one of which is sensory integration. Sensory Integration is the ability of the brain and body to take incoming sensory information and create an efficient motor output. Your therapist will develop appropriate home programming and family education in addition to direct treatment of your child.
A co-treatment consists of an Occupational Therapist and Speech-Language Pathologist who will treat your child together. The Occupational Therapist will provide Sensory input which stimulates language learning. During the therapy session the needed sensory component can be provided during or directly before a speech/language task. The collaboration of both professionals provides children with the best possible intervention.
Feeding Therapy is provided by our trained Speech-Language Pathologists and/or Occupational Therapists. Feeding Therapy addresses feeding difficulties due to oral-motor, swallowing and/or sensory processing difficulties related to interacting with and consuming foods. Approaches used by our therapists during feeding therapy sessions include The Sequential Oral Sensory Approach (S.O.S.), Food Chaining and Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy. During feeding therapy sessions children will learn how to have positive, relaxed and playful interactions with both familiar (preferred) foods and less familiar (non-preferred) foods while working towards increasing the variety of foods consumed in their diets.
Generally speaking, pediatric Speech-Language Therapy is the evaluation/assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of children with communication difficulties. Speech Disorders refer to difficulty with the actual production of sounds where as Language Disorders refer to difficulty understanding what others are communicating or difficulty putting words together and/or expressing ones own thoughts/ideas/wants/needs, etc.
What Can Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Accomplish?
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy involves an individualized program to help a person retrain these adaptive patterns of muscle function to create and maintain a healthy and more efficient orofacial system. Treatment goals may include the following:
Normalize tongue and lip resting postures
Establish nasal breathing patterns
Eliminate improper chewing and swallowing patterns
Address harmful oral habits including:
Prolonged pacifier use
Thumb and/or finger sucking
Fingernail, cheek, or lip biting
Clenching or grinding of the teeth