All services are provided in the client's home or daycare. Services provided incorporate evidence-based practice, clinical expertise, and input from the family/caregivers to provide the best therapy possible for each individual child.
Foundational Feeding & Speech Therapy's philosophy is to structure therapy to be fun and to get parents involved.
- Phone Consultation (15 Minutes)
- Evaluations for Speech, Language, Feeding, and/or Oromyofunctional Disorders
- Individualized therapy
- Infant Feeding Support
Speech and Language Therapy
Speech therapy will focus on helping the child become more understandable through a variety of modalities. Language therapy will focus on increasing your child's verbal output, expanding their vocabulary, teaching correct grammar, and assisting with social skills development. Individualized, in-home therapy allows children to use their own natural environments to encourage skills to carry over to a daily routine. Children learn best through play. Using toys, books, and games make therapy fun and a lot less like "work”.
Your child might benefit from Speech-Language Therapy if they are:
Hard to understand by those around them
Frustrated when trying to communicate
Not using as many words as expected
Relying on only a few words to communicate (e.g., limited vocabulary)
Unable to understand what is being said to them
Using immature language and/or non-specific words
Not following directions or routines that are expected of them
Feeding therapy sessions are individualized based on client needs. Feeding and swallowing disorders can be due to difficulties with the sensory and/or motor system. Motor difficulties include: having a shallow latch, painful nursing, difficulty eating more traditional baby foods or "table foods," difficulty breaking down food (slow eater), swallowing complaints, overly "messy" eaters, or overall trouble gaining weight.
Sensory feeding difficulties can really make mealtimes stressful for the whole family. Children labeled as "being picky" for an extended period of time is never normal. If you feel like your child is struggling with eating a variety of foods, being flexible with mealtimes, and/or not eating whole food groups, they may have a sensory feeding disorder. Therapy will be tailored to be enjoyable for the child and parents. Since therapy is taking place in the home, adaptations can be made to the day to day environment.
Feeding Therapy might be needed if your child has:
A limited diet
Frustration around mealtimes
Difficulty gaining weight, at any age
Consistent meltdowns around mealtimes
Grazing throughout the day
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
Myofunctional Therapy focuses on normalizing improper functions of the orofacial complex (tongue, lips, jaw, soft plate, and pharynx) and helps retrain poor oral habits related to:
Open Mouth Resting Posture
Tongue Tie/Lip Tie
Tongue Thrust Swallow
Dysfunctional Chewing and/or Swallowing
Excessive thumb sucking/pacifier use
These habits can interfere with normal growth and development of the facial bones. Without remediation, a person can suffer from lifelong dental, sleep, attention, and feeding issues. Therapy will be structured around normal day to day living, tweaking habits. The therapist will participate in a collaboration with the client's other providers (dentists, ENTs, allergist, orthodontists, pediatricians, other therapists, etc).
Infant Feeding Support
There is so much conflicting information out there about how babies should be introduced to solid foods. Infant Feeding Support is a service that guides families to raise an independent eater before the age of 1 year. This service is offered at a reduced cost to traditional feeding therapy, and only provided to children who have no diagnosed feeding difficulties. Those that will benefit from this service are families who might feel a little lost with where to start and want a little extra support feeding their babies. A skilled feeding therapist will provide your family with strategies for how to prepare the environment and foods in order to navigate through nuanced, allergenic, difficult to chew, and tricky-textured foods. Infants who are experienced and skilled with a vast amount of foods by 1 year of age are more likely to have a lifelong positive relationship with foods. Start your Infant Feeding Support today! Infants 6-14 months eligible for services.