Speech and Occupational Therapy

Our Speech Therapy Services Division offers services for people of all ages and addresses the following areas:

  • Accent Reduction
  • Articulation and Phonological Disorders
  • Auditory Processing Difficulties
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic Laryngitis (Loss of Voice)
  • Cleft Lip/Palate
  • Cluttering
  • Cognitive-Linguistic Disorders
  • Developmental Delays
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dysarthria (often secondary to stroke)
  • Feeding Disorders
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Growths on the vocal cords/ excessive crying/screaming
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Hearing Loss (Temporary or Permanent)
  • Hypotonia
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Lisping / Oral and Verbal Apraxia
  • Oral-motor Deficits
  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Pragmatic Language Disorders
  • Sentence/Language Formulation Problems
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Stroke
  • Stuttering
  • Swallowing Problems
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vocabulary Problems
  • Vocal Nodules/Nodes
  • Vocal Polyps
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Voice Problems
  • Word Retrieval Difficulties
  • Written Expression

Speech disorders include the following problems:

  • Articulation disorders include difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying words incorrectly to the point that other people can’t understand what’s being said.
  • Fluency disorders include problems such as stuttering, the condition in which the flow of speech is interrupted by abnormal stoppages, repetitions (st-st-stuttering), or prolonging sounds and syllables (stuttering).
  • Resonance or voice disorders include problems with the pitch, volume, or quality of the voice that distract listeners from what’s being said. These types of disorders may also cause pain or discomfort for the child when speaking.
  • Dysphasia/oral feeding disorders, including difficulties with eating and swallowing.

Language disorders can be either receptive or expressive:

  • Receptive disorders refer to difficulties understanding or processing language.
  • Expressive disorders include difficulty putting words together, limited vocabulary, or inability to use
    language in a socially appropriate way.

Our Occupational Therapy Services Division:

An Occupational Therapist helps clients of all ages improve their ability to participate in activities at home, work, and leisure. Our OT will perform neurological and musculoskeletal-based evaluations to determine baseline functional and cognitive status. The therapist then designs a course of treatment with specific interventions and attainable goals to improve function and independence in daily activities. In order to help reach these goals, the OT may utilize many different treatment approaches.Some examples of therapeutic activities included in an Occupational Therapy neurological rehabilitation program are:

  • Activities to improve mobility, coordination & balance.
  • Exercises & splinting to manage spasticity and pain or increase ROM.
  • Retraining in activities of daily living (ADLs) such as grooming, bathing, feeding, handwriting, meal preparation and basic housekeeping.
  • Sensory integration.
  • Upper extremity function.
  • Recommendations for assistive devices that promote independence.

COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED WITH OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY:

  • Amputations
  • Arthritis
  • Brain Injury
  • Multiple Scelerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy/ALS
  • Nerve Injury
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Pain, wounds and scars
  • Sensory impairments
  • Spinal Cord injury
  • Strokes
  • Tendon injuries
  • Trauma
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