Speech Therapy


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Children At Play offers speech/language therapy services as well as evaluations.

Our speech therapists pride themselves on promoting an individualized approach to treatment.  Each child is taught using the method and modality that will help him/her to best succeed.

Speech/language/feeding therapy focuses on helping a child improve his ability to eat and drink independently, understand spoken language and use words to communicate.  All therapy sessions are driven by play activities that encourage interaction, learning and communication.

Who are speech/language pathologists?

Speech/language Pathologists have completed Masters degrees at Universities with accredited speech/language pathology graduate school programs. They are NY State licensed and have completed all academic and clinical requirements necessary to receive accreditation under the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.  Our therapists have experience working with young children and are dedicated to helping them develop age appropriate speech and language skills.

Why would a child need Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy is recommended when a child demonstrates delays in feeding skills, or in understanding and using language. Typically, children easily progress from bottle drinking, without leakage or choking, to eating pureed foods.  They then move on to managing semi-solid foods (puree with soft pieces of food) to a variety of table foods. A child who drools, or demonstrates difficulty with age appropriate eating or drinking skills would benefit from oral motor/feeding therapy to improve the strength and coordination of the tongue, lips, and jaw muscles.

Children who do not understand spoken words, cannot follow verbal directions and do not use sounds and/or words to communicate, would benefit from speech and language therapy. Goals would focus on increasing production of sounds, recognition of words and concepts and facilitating the use of sounds, words and sentences to express ideas.

What would a speech therapy session be like?

Speech and language goals are addressed during a variety of play activities.

The child is engaged in structured and non-structured tasks, using age appropriate toys, books and computer programs.

Oral motor/feeding activities are conducted in a relaxed atmosphere, while providing the child and parent the opportunity to practice drinking, biting, chewing, swallowing in a safe environment. The therapist helps the child learn skills necessary to manage solid foods and liquids.  The child develops greater sensory awareness in and around the mouth in order to reduce drooling.

During speech/language therapy, the therapist models sounds and words for the child to imitate and use spontaneously. Parents are encouraged to participate in therapy sessions, so that they are comfortable carrying over therapeutic strategies at home.  Familiar objects are used during activities in order to help the child to develop a vocabulary.  Looking at books and pointing to pictures are skills the child can learn during therapy and parents can practice at home. Parental feedback is encouraged so that the therapist and family are partners in helping the child to develop his skills.