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Huntington Speech and Feeding Services

Lori conducts comprehensive evaluations to determine your child’s current skill level in areas impacting communication and feeding. Evaluations are customized to fit the needs of YOUR child. Lori uses a combination of standardized testing, informal observations and parent report to assess skills and determine areas to focus on. Lori uses the most accurate and current instrumentation to obtain the most useful diagnostic therapeutic outcomes. She does further analysis of language and speech through extensive sampling and analysis.

Approximately one month following your child’s evaluation, you will receive a written report detailing the findings, outlining impressions and recommendations. Specific goals will be formulated based on the evaluation results and your concerns. Your therapist will review the report with you and answer any questions you may have. Recommendations may include ongoing therapy or referrals to related professionals.

*Please indicate if you do NOT need a written report and the rate will be adjusted.

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

We offer individual speech/language and feeding sessions in our child friendly office.

  1. Articulation/Phonological Therapy: Articulation Therapy teaches a child how to produce and shape speech sounds using placement and movement techniques. Phonological therapy works on improving sound processing and correcting sound error patterns (e.g. leaving off word endings, substituting one sound for another) through various modalities. Both interventions work on improving speech clarity working from the sound level toward the word, phrase, sentence and conversational levels.
  2.  P.R.O.M.P.T. Therapy - is a tactile-kinesthetic approach that uses touch cues to the articulators (tongue, lips, jaw) to guide them through a target sound, phrase or sentence. This is one of the techniques used to improve motor planning and clarity.
  3.  Language Therapy: Language is composed of both expressive language (what we say) and receptive language (what we understand). Expressive language therapy targets improving vocabulary, grammatical development, storytelling, comparing and contrasting similarities and differences, answering questions etc. Receptive language intervention targets skills such as following directions, understanding question forms, absurdities, categorization, language concepts, auditory and reading comprehension.
  4. Play Therapy: play encourages speech, language and social development within a natural environment. Turn-taking, sharing and generating ideas, assigning roles, initiating questions, requesting for needs functionally and joint attention are some of the skills that are targeted through play.
  5.  Social Skills Therapy: Social skills training enables your child to use their language to better communicate their needs and ideas, understand the feelings of others, inference, use language for various functions and initiate and maintain communication and topics with others. Social stories may also be a component of social skills therapy.

FEEDING THERAPY

Feeding therapy is specially designed for children who experience difficulty chewing, swallowing or accepting foods or liquids for a variety of reasons (e.g. aversion, muscle weakness, poor muscle coordination, tethered tissues (tongue tie), food anxiety, underlying gastrointestinal issues such as reflux, food intolerance and allergies. Lori addresses sensory feeding issues using the Sequential Oral Sensory approach (SOS). The SOS approach focuses on increasing a child's comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food, such as texture, taste, smell and consistency. It is an approach that allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way. Another technique called Food Chaining is regularly implemented as are Behavioral methodologies.

The goal of feeding therapy is to increase overall intake, food variety across food groups and to improve nourishment. Other important goals include, extinguishing power struggles and anxiety around mealtimes, creating structure around meals, providing the child with a sense of control and helping the child to internally develop a healthy and positive attitude toward food and eating. Feeding Consultations: We offer a consultation model for parents and caregivers that are having difficulty transitioning their infant from purees to finger foods. We also provide consultations for children that exhibit mild difficulties with feeding progression. A home treatment plan is developed for implementation at home with follow up visits if needed.

FAMILY TRAINING

Our family training program is a service for parents that are interested in learning functional techniques and strategies to stimulate speech, language, social, feeding and behavioral development outside of direct sessions. Behavior plans to improve communication can be developed along with family members. Most of these techniques can be easily implemented throughout daily routines and playtime.


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215 East Main Street, Suite 206
Huntington, NY 11743

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