Speech Therapy

Childrens Speech therapy Maplewood MNSuccessful communication involves the ability to hear a message, process the information, formulate a response, initiate and motor plan a response verbally in a socially appropriate manner. Breakdowns can occur in any of these areas.

Our licensed speech and language pathologists are highly trained to work with children of all abilities. Our specialties include children with Autism, Apraxia of speech, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and ADHD. We perform thorough evaluations and develop individualized treatment plans to address the child’s specific needs in receptive/expressive language, phonological, fluency, and feeding disorders.

Areas of Treatment

• Expressive language – the ability to use language to communicate
• Receptive language – the ability to comprehend and process language
• Pragmatic language – the use of social skills and ability to interpret nonverbal cues

Augmentative/Alternative Communication – The use of alternative devices to facilitate communication. These may include sign language, pictures, PECS, switches, iPads and other communication devices.

Oral Motor – Strength and function of oral structures and motor plans for coordinating movements for production of speech.

Articulation – Precise production of sounds for intelligible speech.

Feeding/Swallowing – Specifically the oral phase of swallow including size, texture, temperature, and taste of bolus, drooling and gagging, sensory issues, bolus management, and muscle functions during swallow.

Cognition – Attention, focus, memory, problem solving and executive function

Phonology – Understanding sound symbol relationships

Literacy – Reading, writing and understanding printed language

The speech pathologists at Fun Kids Clinic have training, experience and hold certifications in a variety of treatment approaches including aural rehabilitation.

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