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:
Animals we work with include horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, cats, and dogs.
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.
The use of "equine movement" in speech therapy is referred to as "Hippotherapy."
Speech language pathologists may incorporate hippotherapy into treatment to:
AAC includes all of the ways that we share our ideas and feelings without talking. We are able to assess, select and implement AAC use for our clients. We help our clients learn to use AAC across environments and activities, for a variety of communication purposes including requesting, commenting, responding, labeling, and asking questions. Our therapists have experience with various forms of AAC, including:
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:
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.
Speech/language therapy in the pool is available in July and August.
Speech therapy in the pool can be used to: