There is no need to take time off work or find space in your busy schedule to travel to additional appointments. Home health services available on Tues/Th. Your child can be seen for evaluation and therapy in his preschool, daycare, or home setting. If you prefer clinic-based services, I offer evaluation and treatment services through The Speech and Language Connection in Katy, Tx. Please contact SLC directly for clinic-based appointments on M-W-F only.
HOME HEALTH & CLINIC-BASED SERVICES
Speech and Language
Evaluation of speech production skills involves a combination of caregiver interview, direct observation of the child, and use of standardized assessment instruments (when possible). Speech evaluation may also include specialized assessments in the areas of apraxia of speech, voice, resonance, and fluency.
Evaluation of language skills determines a child's developmental level in the different skill areas of language: receptive (understanding), expressive (use of language), and pragmatics (social use of language).
Many children have communication deficits in both speech and language skills. A comprehensive evaluation combines clinicial observation and formal assessment of both these skills areas.
Feeding and Swallowing
Many children struggle with a delay or disorder in developing appropriate feeding and oral motor skills. A Functional Feeding/Oral Sensorimotor Evaluation can determine how a child is functioning in the development of age-appropriate feeding skills. Feeding Therapy addresses difficulties a child may have with eating, oral motor skills, and/or swallowing. The feeding specialist who is often a speech pathologist addresses a child's feeding issues which can have a medical, sensory, or behavioral origin.
Children with medical issues early in life can develop feeding difficulties. Even after the medical problem resolves, the initial physical and emotional responses related to medical issue may continue to impact a child in the form of sensory and behavioral feeding issues. Children with a history of prematurity, autism, gastroesphogeal reflux, craniofacial anomolies and food allergies are at an increased risk for developing feeding difficulties. Other children with no obvious medical history also develop feeding difficulties. In general, these difficulties may be characterized by gagging on certain food textures, difficulty seeing or smelling certain foods, limited intake, difficulty with transition from one food stage to the next, severe food selectivity, and food refusal. If mealtimes have become a source of frustration or a battle of wills despite your best efforts, consider having your child's feeding development evaluated. Specialized intervention and feeding strategies are available to improve your child's nutrition and make mealtimes enjoyable again for the whole family.