What We Offer
Primary Pathways and Progress Village have an interdisciplinary team who specializes and offers a comprehensive approach to treating pediatric feeding and swallowing problems. We coordinate and place special emphasis on educating the caregivers.
What is Speech-Language Therapy?
Speech-language therapy is the training to help improve individuals’ communication skills. Speech-language pathologists, also know as speech therapists, provide therapy in the areas of early language skills, oral motor skills, articulation (speech sound), language (understanding and expressing), pragmatics (how to communicate), fluency (stuttering), voice, and cognition. Speech-language pathologists also address feeding and swallowing disorders as well as persons with food aversions.
As stated by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “Occupational Therapists focus on fine motor, visual motor, and sensory processing skills needed for basic activities of daily living. This might include help feeding or dressing themselves, improving their handwriting, going to the bathroom independently, and many other age appropriate skills.” Occupational Therapists often help children with injuries from birth, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, autism, and various other conditions.
Physical therapy focuses on the treatment and examination of individuals who have problems moving and performing other physical activities. Physical therapists help treat problems like injuries, pre-existing conditions and problems caused by illnesses or diseases. This may include treating conditions related to genetic, neurological and orthopedic disorders. Techniques like functional training and exercise are used alongside medication and diet changes. Additionally, physical therapists use specialized medical equipment that is designed to help treat and alleviate pain from conditions that hinder mobility.Learn More
Swallowing and Feeding Therapy
Swallowing disorders, also known as “dysphagia,” are seen in individuals who have a difficult time moving food from the mouth to the stomach. Swallowing disorders is associated with coughing and/or difficulty chewing. It can lead to more severe conditions such as choking and aspiration pneumonia (food or liquid going into the lungs).
Speech Language Evaluation Signs
- Frustration when communicating
- Speech that is not understood
- Difficulty following directions
- Improper grammatical structures
- Chronic hoarseness
- Repeats sounds or words
- Limited vocabulary
- Difficulty answering questions
- Sudden change in ability to communicate
- Difficulty with swallowing and/or eating
- Poor socialization
What is Reading Therapy
Reading therapy is the intensive remediation of reading, language, comprehension, math, and cognition. They work with children and adults with reading disabilities (Dyslexia), learning disabilities, auditory processing disorders, and math disabilities (dyscalculia). Our therapists are both certified in speech-language pathology and reading.
The National Reading Panel (NRP) of the National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) issued a report in 2000, that identified five critical areas for reading success: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension.
- Phonemic awareness is the ability to notice, think about, and work with the individual sounds in spoken words.
- Phonics instruction teaches children the relationships between the letters (graphemes) of written language and the individual sounds (phonemes) of spoken language.
- Fluency is the ability to read a text accurately and quickly.
- Vocabulary refers to the words we must know to communicate effectively.
- Text Comprehension is the ability to understand what is read