Speech Tactics provides effective therapeutic interventions for a variety of articulation/phonological disorders that impact a person’s speech intelligibility. We develop individualized therapy plans and home exercise programs to meet the unique communication needs of each client. Speech sound disorders may include difficulty with articulation (making sounds) and phonological processes (sound patterns). Children acquire specific speech sounds at different developmental stages (age ranges) as they grow. Parents of children who have a speech sound disorder usually say the following:
- “I do not understand my child most of the time.”
- “He/she gets frustrated when I do not know what he/she wants.”
- “My child is 6 years old and unfamiliar people are still having trouble understanding his speech.”
- “My child avoid speaking because it’s too difficult for him/her.”
- “I can understand my child, but there are certain sounds that he/she still says incorrectly.”
Feeding and/or swallowing therapy is provided to clients of all ages who have issues with chewing, manipulating, sucking, and swallowing foods or liquids. Interventions for feeding and swallowing may address muscle strengthening, tongue, lip, and jaw movement, texture tolerance, suck-swallow-breathe coordination, maneuvers for airway protection, behavior shaping, feeding positions/postures, and as always parent education and training.
Speech Tactics offers successful therapeutic remediation of expressive and receptive language delays in children of all ages. Evidenced-based strategies and techniques are used to stimulate overall language development and to teach language skills in an integrated fashion and in context to further enhance everyday communication. Parent education and training is a critical component to boost the family’s ability to support the child’s development at home. Services and supports are individualized for each child and family. Parents of children with a delay in language onset usually say the following:
- “My child is not saying any words; not even mama or dada.”
- “My child is using as many words as his peers at school.”
- “He does not repeated any words, however he does point to some pictures in a book.”
- “He/She does not put two words together to ask for something.”
- “My child is two years old and he/she says less than 50 words.”
Social skills development focuses on helping clients improve social connections and social language in order to develop healthy relationships and pleasant communicative exchanges. Our social skills therapists consist of board certified speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists. Intervention plans are designed to help clients gain skills in social interaction, joint attention, turn-taking, self-control, anger management, initiating interactions, problem solving, understanding emotions, expressing emotions, and learning to handle the challenges of social situations at school, extracurricular activities and at home.