What speech and language therapy is all about!
We provide a wide range of services for a wide variety of speech and language disorders!
Language Development Delay: Sometimes toddlers don't begin using words at the age we expect them to. This can be from a wide variety of causes from chronic ear infections, oral motor skill issues to attention and language processing disorders. To address this difficulty we do an assessment to determine the causes for the delay and utilize a fun play based intervention system to address the areas of difficulty. Children and families alike enjoy the process of making the world of words a functional part of their daily activities
Articulation Development Delay: Sometimes children with speech difficulties are very hard to understand or don't make the sounds they should be making for their age. This can be from oral motor skill issues, sound discrimination difficulties, chronic ear infections or other causes. After an assessment to pinpoint the areas of difficulty, a systemicatic step-wise treatment plan is formulated to work on the challenges. Therapy is done through a wide variety of modalities including playing games to make the practice much more fun and iPad activities that enhance and reward the child's progress.
Disfluency: Also commonly know as stuttering. Many children go through a normal phase of disfluency between the ages of 3 - 6 that is related to the rapid growth of their word knowledge skills. This is characterized with simple easy repetitions of words or parts of words without struggle as the child is formulating his sentences. When struggle, avoidance and awareness of the difficulties begin to occur, intervention can be helpful in addressing the issues. With preschoolers, we approach this problem with parent education of activities they can do to increase the child's fluency while intervening with play based activities that provide easy fluent models for the child to imitate. With school age children, we directly teach optimal speech activities they can practice to create fluent speech.
Autism Spectrum Disorders - Autism spectrum disorders are characterized by difficulties in communication and social interaction. We use a social interactional model to develop functional communication skills with children on the spectrum. This model targets the basic needs in children with ASD of developing language and social communication with others in their environment, functional play based activities, and social interaction with those around them. For the preschool child, we help with developing the basic building blocks of functional communication such as requesting, turn taking, sharing information and functional play . For the school age child, we deal with the the multiple challenges these children face in attention and interactional skills, comprehension of communication situations, conversational skills and improved functional interaction with others.
Attentional Disorder and Language Processing Disorders:
Often children diagnosed with ADD or ADHD have difficulties with their communication skills. Problems in the areas of listening for direction following, attention to auditory input, and persistence in challenging language based activities can interfer with both school and home interactions. We use skill based teaching to help improve auditory attention and language skills.
Cleft Palate: Katherine has been a member of the Flathead Valley Cleft and Craniofacial Team since 1992. She works with other members on the team during the annual Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic held in the spring in Kalispell each year. She also provides intervention services for children with clefts and craniofacial disorders during the year for sound production, oral motor, feeding and language difficulties they may be experiencing.
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