Kiddo Communication uses a multi-modal therapy approach to focus on each child’s individual needs, learning style, as well as the needs of parents. Fun and motivating activities are used to encourage your child to participate.
- Apraxia, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder. Children with CAS have difficulty saying sounds, syllables, and words. This is not because of muscle weakness or paralysis. The brain has difficulty planning to move the body parts (e.g. lips, tongue, jaw) required for the production of speech. The child knows what he/she wants to say, but it can be difficult to coordinate the muscle movements necessary to say those words. While there is a wide range of severity, children typically have the best outcome when intensive, consistent therapy starts as early as possible.
- Articulation Delays/Disorders involves difficulty producing individual sounds sounds. Sounds can be substituted, left off, added or changed. These errors may make it hard for people to understand you. Young children often make speech errors. For instance, many young children sound like they are making a “w” sound for an “r” sound (e.g., “wabbit” for “rabbit”) or may leave sounds out of words, such as “nana” for “banana.” The child may have an articulation disorder if these errors continue past the expected age.
- Auditory Processing Disorders are characterized by difficulty in the ability to attend to, process, comprehend, retain, respond to, or integrate spoken language. Children with auditory processing deficits often have difficulty answering yes/no questions, “wh” questions (who, what, where, when, why), and may also experience difficulty with verbal expression.
- Language Disorders are characterized by difficulty understanding and/or using language to communicate effectively. A child with a language disorder might have difficulty with language form (grammatical structures), content (vocabulary/basic concepts), organization (sequencing of language/memory/problem solving), and use (social communication-pragmatics)
- Feeding Disorders/ Delays/Difficulties/Differences includes a decreased ability to pick up food, chew it and swallow it. There may be a number of reasons why this is difficult for a child.
- Oral Motor Disorders refers to the use and function of the muscles of the face (lips, tongue, and jaw). For speaking, chewing, and swallowing, children need to have an appropriate amount of strength, range of motion, and coordination. When a child has limited movement of their facial muscles, coordination, and/or strength of the lips, tongue and/or jaw movements and coordination for speech are difficult. Sometimes eating is difficult too.
- Phonological Process Disorders involve patterns of sound errors. For example, substituting all sounds made in the back of the mouth like “k” and “g” for those in the front of the mouth like “t” and “d” (e.g., saying “tup” for “cup” or “das” for “gas”).