Speech Heart Services, LLC is one of the premiere pediatric therapy companies in Oklahoma. We work with children and adults in the Oklahoma City area to improve their developing skills.
Our patients include children with and without complicated medical history as well as those with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, etc.
If you or your child live in the Oklahoma City area and have the following concerns, please contact us or check out our services.
Pediatric speech therapy includes the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders including speech and language as well as feeding. Speech therapy is used for children suffering from diseases or injuries, including:
- articulation and phonological disorders
- nonverbal children with speech/language delays
- tongue thrust
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
*and other motor speech disorders
- expressive and receptive language delays
- social/pragmatic disorders
- dysphagia and feeding difficulties
Speech therapists help children learn to communicate though many different modality to engage with the different environments.
Pediatric physical therapy focuses on the unique needs of infants, toddlers, children and adolescents. Early detection is desirable when a child experiences problems that inhibit natural movement and learning. Physical therapy is used for children suffering from diseases or injuries, including:
- acute injury
- birth defects
- developmental delays
- genetic disorders (e.g., cerebral palsy)
- head trauma
- limb deficiencies
- muscle diseases
- orthopedic disabilities
Physical therapists use therapeutic exercise, modalities and treatments to help children alleviate pain, regain strength and range of motion, master proper body mechanics for balance and flexibility and improve gross and fine motor skills.
An Occupational Therapist’s role is to assist children in performing “occupations” with the greatest level of independence possible. Childhood occupations include learning in school and playing with friends. Occupational therapy can benefit children with a wide variety of diagnoses, including but not limited to: autism, birth injuries, cerebral palsy, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, sensory processing disorders, traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries, and more. Occupational therapists work with children in the following areas:
- sensory management
- engaging in play activities
- learning to navigate environment
- removing barriers
- help child become more focused
- develop autonomy in daily routine (brushing hair or teeth)
- improving fine motor (grasp/release toys; handwriting skills)
- addressing hand-eye coordination
- maintaining positive behaviors in all environments
- evaluating the need for specialized equipment (wheelchairs, splints, bathing equipment, dressing devices)
Dysphagia and Feeding Difficulties
Feeding deficits include the lack of ability to consume food and any stage of eating. These stages include 1) the oral phase: closing lips over a spoon or cup, chewing food appropriately, using tongue movements to manipulate each bite 2) pharyngeal phase: motor and structural use of pharyngeal mechanism to swallowing clearly 3) esophageal phase not treated in feeding therapy. Your child may have problems accepting foods due to a complex medical history. Whether he lacks the age-appropriate skills to consume solids of liquids or lacks the motivation to consume age appropriate foods, feeding therapy is available.