Huntington Speech and Feeding Services

EVALUATION SERVICES

We conduct formal and informal evaluations to determine your child’s current skill level in the areas of speech, language, feeding, and early reading. Evaluations are customized to fit the needs of YOUR child. We use the most current instrumentation to obtain optimal therapeutic outcomes. Findings and specific goals will be shared with family members once the evaluation is completed.

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

We offer speech/language and feeding therapy sessions in our child-friendly office and within the home setting within a certain radius.

Articulation/Phonology:

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.

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.

Myofunctional Therapy

Myofunctional Therapy addresses atypical and adaptive patterns within the oral facial complex.

Oral Myofunctional Disorders can result from:

  • Prolonged pacifier use
  • Long-term use of sippy cup
  • Detrimental oral habits (e.g., digit, cheek, blanket, lip sucking/ nail biting, lip licking)
  • Restricted nasal airway (enlarged tonsils/adenoids, deviated septum, allergies)
  • Low muscle tone in the oral facial complex
  • Hereditary predisposition

OMD’s can negatively impact:

  • Swallowing- tongue thrust during swallow (reverse swallow)
  • Resting posture - forward tongue posture /open mouth posture
  • Sound development- distortion of sibilant sounds (s, z) and forward placement for t, d, n, l
  • Chewing skills- weak or immature
  • Jaw growth and facial structure

Early Reading Instruction

Targets improving phonological and phonemic awareness skills, phonics/alphabetical principle, vocabulary, and reading comprehension skills for struggling readers.  Multisensory and explicit teaching approach grounded in the Science of Reading.  Multisensory instruction combines listening, speaking, reading scaffolded with a tactile or kinesthetic activity.

P.R.O.M.P.T. Therapy

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.

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.

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 specifically designed for children who experience difficulties chewing, swallowing, or accepting foods or liquids.  There are a variety of factors that can impact children from being competent feeders including feeding aversions, sensory processing challenges, food anxiety, immature chewing patterns, tethered tissues, pressured feeding, family dynamics around mealtimes as well as underlying medical issues including reflux, food allergies/intolerances, and other underlying gastrointestinal disorders.  Sometimes there can be several barriers operating in the equation.

Lori addresses such difficulties by taking an extensive intake from family members and then looking closely at history, symptomology, and mealtime dynamics.  Once medical issues are ruled out the therapy can commence. Lori utilizes an eclectic approach when addressing feeding issues including but not limited to the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach (SOS), Food Chaining, Responsive Feeding, Satter’s Division of Responsibility, Behavioral Intervention, Desensitization, and Family Training.

FAMILY TRAINING

Lori provides family training for parents and caregivers that are looking to learn and implement functional techniques to improve their child’s overall development in the areas of communication and feeding development.  Consultation services are offered in-person and via teletherapy. 

  • How to transition baby to solids safely
  • How to stimulate your child’s language in both home and community
  • How to effectively address interfering behaviors that impact learning
  • How to improve mealtime dynamics, food repertoire, and nutrition

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Centerport, NY 11721

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