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337 S Beverly Drive, Suite 107
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Speech and Language Therapy

Little Girl Embracing a Doll - Speech Pathologist

 

Not sure if your child is a late talker or has a speech development disorder?

It is never too early to have your child evaluated.

Children may have trouble making certain speech sounds or have difficulty speaking for various reasons. A few scenarios we commonly see are challenges related to:

  • Poor muscle control or instability and an inability to put lips, tongue, and jaw into consistent patterns to produce sounds or words
  • An inability to say words despite knowing their meaning because the muscles of the mouth and the brain are not communicating efficiently
  • Delayed speech development due to ear infections

 

What to Expect During Evaluations

 

During your child's initial evaluation, your therapist will determine whether your child has adequate strength and stability in their oral / facial musculature.  Skills that are strengths and those that are challenging for your child will be identified. Motor planning skills, breathing,  and physical skills related to speaking will be taken into account. Your therapist will explore your child's history with speech sound and language development with you.

Standardized measures, informal observations, and parent report are all used to assess skills and determine areas that will be worked on in future therapy sessions.

 

What to Expect Following an Evaluation

 

Once your therapist has performed an initial evaluation, a comprehensive age appropriate treatment plan will be developed. An evaluation report is sent to you for your review or it can be reviewed with the therapist in person. Your questions will be answered and a plan of action verbally walked through. Should you want additional resources or reading material regarding your child's diagnosis we can make recommendations.

 

What to Expect During Therapy

 

We offer 25, 50, and 100 minute speech and language sessions. Length of session is determined by the child's age, level of need, and family schedule.

Therapy will be fun yet structured, and generally is a balance between chair and floor / play time depending on your child's unique needs. Your child will be set up for success every step of the way!

We foster parent education and involvement and will guide you in the use of home practice to speed your child's progress and help your child meet his / her goals.

 

 

Oral Placement Therapy

 

Lil' Bloomers is  proud to have the ONLY Speech Pathologist in Southern California who has been mentored by Renee Roy Hill and Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson of TalkTools™ in Oral Placement Therapy.

Oral Placement Therapy as defined by Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson is a type of therapy that targets the movements needed for feeding and speech clarity.  In addition, this approach provides strategies that focus on the tactile and proprioceptive sensory systems. This muscle-based program addresses phonation, articulation, and feeding skills through the use of hierarchies of therapeutic horns, bubbles, straws and other oral-motor products.

What is the difference between traditional speech therapy and the Sensory Motor / PROMPT / Oral Placement Therapy / other methods used at Lil' Bloomers?

Many children cannot respond to traditional articulation therapy methods which rely on auditory and placement cues without tactile intervention. Translated this means traditional speech therapists tell a child to say a sound and where to put parts of their mouth to say it but do nothing else to help with its production.

This would be comparable to a Physical Therapist teaching a child who cannot walk in this manner:

The Physical Therapist (PT) places the child who cannot walk on his/her back on a mat and lies down next to him / her.  The PT then stands up, looks at the child and announces, "I stood up and you watched me do it. Now put your legs under your body and stand up."

No one would expect the child to stand, nor would the child have the skill to do so or it would have happened without therapy. A PT would guide a child through each step needed whether it be weight shifts, muscle strengthening, or working on postures to help a child stand by breaking the whole process of standing into achievable steps.

This is what is done in our non-traditional speech therapy approach. We identify areas of challenge and walk your child through each step until he/she is successful in making sounds, words, and conversation to the best of his /her ability. This may involve the use of muscle strengtening with tools, sensory feedback work and touch cues for placement.

For kids that respond to traditional methods, we use it. For children that require a higher level of support we provide it from day one.

 

Contact us to start your child's progress toward clearer speech and better communication skills today!