At ITS, infants and toddlers with language delays or disabilities receive speech and language therapy services in the most “natural environment” as it is appropriate to their needs. We do not believe in one size fits “all therapy approach.” Frequency and duration for your child’s therapy is based on his or her needs. If your child benefits from 60 minutes that is what we will suggest. However, if the optimal therapy is 45 or 30 minutes that is what will be recommended for your child. We consider family members in the home or significant people in the child’s life as crucial member of your child’s program. We will provide homework that will support the child’s daily environment.
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Speech, Language and Hearing Screenings helps us determine if your child’s speech and communication skills are within the normal range his or her age. Your child will benefit from a screening if your child: does not readily follow directions, is difficult to understand, does not speak up and seems frustrated because he/she can’t form the words to express him/herself. Screenings are often performed quickly and are completed in approximately 20 minutes. Children who do not pass the screening will be recommended to receive further assessment and evaluation. We may also suggest a hearing screening if we if the child will benefit from one or you can contact your peditrician to schedule a hearing screening. A Speech and Language Screening looks at the following:
- Receptive Language
- Expressive Language
- Articulation and Phonology
- Oral Motor
- Pragmatic Language Skills
Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder. Children with CAS have problems saying sounds, syllables, and words. This is not because of muscle weakness or paralysis. The brain has problems planning to move the body parts (e.g., lips, jaw, tongue) needed for speech. Directly taken from asha.org. At ITS we believe in building bridges in communication, especially for a child struggling with motor disorder. Any parent that has had a child diagnosed with CAS can tell you it is not easy trying to get your child to say words that he or she previously uttered. Our clinicians combine evidence based methodology with a sensible child friendly therapy to help the child communicate. ITS therapy is tailored to the individual and is designed to treat other speech or language problems that may occur together with apraxia/CAS. Each person responds differently to therapy, and some people will make more progress than others. People with apraxia/CAS of speech usually need frequent and intensive one-on-one therapy.
The goal of our pediatric feeding program is to help the child safely eat, to empower and educate the parents on safe eating approaches. Feeding disorders can lead to failure to thrive, can also impact social emotional and cognitive growth in young children. It is important to get assessment and treatment for the child. At ITS we believe in a team approach. This includes: your pediatrician, nutritionist, gastroenterologist, behavioral psychologist, and occupational etc. A majority of feeding problems can be resolved or greatly improved through medical, oral motor, and behavioral therapy. We are specialized in two essential areas: behavioral feeding and oral motor/dysphagia. Read article written by Uduak Osom on Failure to Thrive
Autism Spectrum Disorders
All children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have problems with communication. In the case of children diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, they often have great vocabulary and sentence structure but lack social grace often take information literally. This may result in failure to understand sarcasm or use of metaphor. While other children with ASD impairment in communication problems may range from profound comprehension problems and lack of speech to subtle pragmatic or functional use of language difficulties. We provide all children and young people with ASD have a comprehensive speech and language evaluation and evidenced based functional natural intervention.
Attention Hyperactivity Deficit (ADHD)
ADHD is a challenge for families and children, as most people do not understand ADHD. Imagine being that child struggling on a daily basis to pay attention or struggle to control with the impulse to get up or talk when the teacher is talking? Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the core symptoms of ADHD. ADHD can affect self-esteem, academics and problems with relationships. In our programs, we integrate social skills training and language processing approaches to help children with ADHD who may have language processing or auditory processing deficits.
Speech therapy is necessary if your child has difficulty making sounds. Most often a child has an articulation disorder because they substitute sounds for another sound, delete sounds in words when talking, add sounds or change the order of the sounds. If people are often trying really hard to understand your child, then it is time to call us. We provide speech therapy for the following:
Speech problems due to Cleft lip or palate
Phonological processing errors
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Language disorders is not a reflection of low intelligence, but it can negatively impact student’s self-esteem and confidence, leading to low academic performance. However, there are children with cognitive delays that also have language disorder. Some children with language disorder may have problems understanding what they read (grade level materials). They may also have problems with spelling, sequencing information and difficulty organizing information they present. While other children may have problems following directions or recalling information heard. The sooner they are provided with right support the better the outcome. We provide therapy and support for children and teens struggling with:
- Expressive Language Disorders
- Word Retrieval Problems
- Language Processing Disorders
- Receptive Language Disorders
- Problems with Learning Vocabulary
- Auditory Processing Disorder
A speech and language evaluation is the measurement of a person’s communication skills. It is done to find out if a child has communication problems. The evaluation is done by a speech-language pathologist. The speech/language evaluation is conducted in two to five visits at the clinic, depending upon the needs of the child. At the completion of the evaluation an extensive report will be provided to you detailing our findings, recommendations and an individualized treatment plan (if therapy is recommended). The results and recommendations of all evaluations will be reviewed with you (two to three weeks after the completion of the evaluation). Read more