Speech and Feeding Therapy

At Recess Therapy, we are passionate and knowledgable in working with children with the diagnosis of: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Prematurity,  Developmental Delay, Neuromuscular Disorder Feeding/Oral Motor Difficulty,  Craniofacial Anomalies , Anxiety Disorder that affects Speech expression,  Genetic Disorders, Speech and language delay.

Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy depends on the diagnosis and it's most effective therapy techniques. Each child is individually assessed to determine areas of strength and needs. The SLP assesses and determines all areas of Speech and Language which includes: oral/motor/sensory system, articulation (pronounciation of sounds), and fluency (speech speed and smoothness of sentences and conversational skills. The SLP also assesses the child's voice/resonance and overall language skills based in the areas of vocabulary, language memory, receptive and expressive language and overall language complexity.
At Recess, based on our initial assessment, we provide appropriate recommendations and develop a strong treatment plan that can be measured. We are also able to provide appropriate recommendations to various service team members such as consultation to ENT, Developmental-behavioral pediatricians, dietation, occupational therapist, physical therapist and etc...

Our Speech and Language Therapy focuses on but not limited to:
1. Theme based lessons that are approropriate in age.
2. Implementation of ready to learn skills, which include: sitting, attending, listening and turn taking.
3. Use of oral motor, tactial and overall developmental models for speech development.
4. Use of Playbased strategies: focuses on the sensory nervous system.
5. Weekly Parent education for home program implementation.
6. Implementation of whole body learning.
7. Provide the most effective evidence based techniques for articulation, voice, fluency and language.
8. Reduce drooling.

Feeding Therapy

Recess Therapy combines a variety of intervention strategies and therapy techniques to help children to mid adolescent the correct swallowing and sensory motor development. There are many different types of feeding challenges, and no two children have the exact same signs and symptoms.
For example, some children may be fed through a gastrostomy tube which is  inserted through the abdomen that delivers nutrition directly to the stomach. Another child may be a selective eaters  that cause mealtime to be very stressful for the family. Other children may have problems with chewing due to poor muscle, respiration and overall incoordinated sensoryprocess.  Finally, medical problems such as GERD and or hypersensitive gag reflux can cause children to vomit their food intake.

Our feeding clinic focuses on parent education and consistent support of:
1. Teaching children proper meal time behavior
2. Improve their oral motor skills and coordination
3. Learn the proper chew
4. Decrease their fear of food
5. Learn proper swallowing techniques
6. Tolerate a variety of foods
7. Accept foods of different textures, scents and flavors

Feeding Red Flag Signs: (Not limited to this list):
1. Gags at the sight or smell of food
2. Refuses table foods
3. Refuses baby food
4. Spits up food often
5. Not feeding themselves by the age of 18 months
6. Only eats with distractions
7. Doesn't mouth toys or mouths them with poor control
8. Coughs or has watery eyes when drinking or eating
9. A toddler is not able to chew and continues to require food mashed
10. Tongue thruster
11. Tongue tied
12. low postural and facial tone