At Southwest Rehabilitation our pediatric services include Articulation/Phonology, Infant Stimulation/Early Language, Motor Speech Disorders, Auditory Processing, Pragmatic Language Disorders, Dysphagia, and much more.
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Language means putting our thoughts into words; ie., talking. Sometimes children are slow to talk or at risk of having talking problems because of an illness or injury. Our program provides a lot of activities to practice talking and…
A flexible endoscope is a machine that consists of a long tube and a camera. During this examination the device is passed through one of your nasal passages to the back of the throat where passage of food and drink can be observed.
Videostroboscopy is a state-of-the-art technique that provides a magnified, slow-motion view of your vocal cords in action. It enables physicians to make an accurate diagnosis of conditions and diseases of the vocal cords, including masses or lesions, abnormal motion, inflammation, broken blood vessels, scarring and other disorders.
A modified barium swallow (MBS) is a special x-ray that allows the doctor, called a radiologist who specializes in using x-rays, to check problems and the Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) to identify why you have trouble swallowing.
Augmentative communication is an alternative way to help people with problems speaking. Devices such as computers or hand held devices can be ordered through your insurance company. Picture communication systems can also be made for those that can not operate a commuter. It is truly amazing the technology that is available today!
Sometimes children know what they want to say, but can’t move their mouth well enough for the sounds/words to come out clearly. Our therapist can evaluate the muscles of the mouth and, based upon the results, come up with an exercise program and/or strategies to improve speech sound production.
After a head injury, thinking and problem solving can be affected. These skills are often referred to as executive functioning; planning, forethought, reasoning, remembering, sequencing, etc. Our therapists are skilled in evaluating cognitive skills and then developing a treatment plan to help your child get back on track.
The goals of swallowing therapy are to reduce food and or liquids from going down the air pipe, make it easier to eat and swallow, and help your child get the nutrition he/she needs to stay healthy. Sometimes young children have problems graduating from the bottle to foods. Or the foods they eat are limited to only a few things.
Lessac Madsen Resonant Voice Treatment program is perfect for children with a hoarse vocal quality. It is a step-by-step program perfect used to teach youngsters how to use their voice without having to strain.
Think of pragmatics as using words to “get what you want.” Some children (particularly the autistic population) have a hard time verbally manipulating others, in a nice way, to get what they want. There are rules for using our words. Children with a pragmatic language disorder need help with learning the rules.
Auditory Processing is making sense of what you hear. Sometimes children don’t know how to listen or can only pay attention for short periods of time. Our therapists, in conjunction with audiology, can test your child’s listening skills and then come up with a treatment plan to improve the “processing” of auditory information.
Articulation/Phonology Therapy focuses on teaching the tongue, lips and jaw to move in a precise fashion when making speech sounds. Sometimes children substitute, omit, and/or distort sounds. This can make their speech difficult to understand.