"Movement and play in a purposeful way...Because communication doesnt only happen at a table."

Treatment Tools, Strategies and Approaches

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Animal Assisted Speech and Language Therapy

Animal assisted speech, language or feeding therapy is the planned inclusion of an animal in a patient’s treatment plan. The animals, and interactions with them, can be used to:

  • Increase client motivation and participation in treatment.
  • Provide an engaging and meaningful way to target the 5 main areas that SLPs treat (speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication and swallowing).

Animals we work with include horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, cats, and dogs.

DIR® Floortime

The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR®) Model is used to help build healthy foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual capacities.  This in turn helps to develop critical cognitive, social, emotional, language, and motor skills, as well as a sense of self.

Research related to the DIRFloortime model supports its effectiveness in improving the core challenges of autism including relating, interacting,  and communicating while decreasing caregiver stress and improving parent-child relationships.

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Hippotherapy

The use of "equine movement" in speech therapy is referred to as "Hippotherapy."   

Speech language pathologists may incorporate hippotherapy into treatment to:

  • Increase client motivation, engagement and participation. 
  • Provide graded and rhythmic sensory and motor input to support the physiological and neuromotor systems that impact the 5 main areas that SLPs treat (speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication and swallowing).

LAMP

Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) is a  therapeutic approach based on neurological and motor learning  principles. The goal is to give individuals who are nonverbal or have  limited verbal abilities a method of independently and spontaneously  expressing themselves in any setting.

 

Ongoing research has shown the following improvements when LAMP strategies are used:

  • Increased spontaneous communication in any environment.
  • Use of unique combinations of words.
  • Increased mean length of utterance (MLU).
  • Enhanced receptive vocabulary.
  • Use of various communicative functions.
  • Increased natural vocalization.

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PROMPT© Therapy

PROMPT© stands for "Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic  Targets".  It is a dynamic tactile method, used for the treatment of motor speech disorders.  PROMPT is highly effective for improving speech and helping patients develop sounds because it provides visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic and proprioceptive cues the speech system.
PROMPT© is used for the following reasons:

  • To develop an interactive focus or awareness for oral communication.
  • To develop an integrated, multi-sensory (tactile-kinesthetic) associative mapping for cognitive or linguistic concepts.
  • To develop, balance or restructure speech subsystems at the sound, word or phrase level.

The SOS Approach To Feeding

The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding program was developed by Dr. Kay Toomey.  SOS is  an evidenced based and effective way to address problematic feeding  behaviors, and to expand the number of foods a "picky eater" consumes.

The SOS Approach To Feeding is used to help children with feeding difficulties develop a healthy, lifelong, positive relationship with food.  

PECS

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a unique alternative/augmentative communication system.  


PECS consists of six phases and begins by teaching an individual to  give a single picture of a desired item or action to a “communicative  partner” who immediately honors the exchange as a request. The system goes on to teach discrimination of pictures and how to put them together in sentences. 


The primary goal of  PECS is to teach functional communication. Research has shown that some  learners using PECS also develop speech. Others may transition to a  speech generating device. 

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Speech Therapy in the Pool

Speech/language therapy in the pool is available in July and August.   


Speech therapy in the pool can be used to:

  • Provide a language rich and motivating activity for speech and language therapy.
  • Increase joint attention and attention to a task (a foundation for building strong language skills). 
  • Perform lip and mouth closure.
  • improve verbalization, articulation, descriptive language and sentence richness.
  • Encourage play and social interaction.