At Hope our Speech and Language therapy department provides assessment, treatment, and support for children with communication and swallowing difficulties.
Our Speech and Language Therapy addresses delays and disorders in expressive/receptive language, speech production, fluency, language, cognition, voice, resonance, feeding, swallowing, and hearing. Speech and Language Therapy plays a critical role in literacy development and also in the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.
The goal of HOPE’s Speech and Language Therapists is to optimize children's abilities to communicate and to swallow, therefore improving their quality of life.
Our Speech and Language Therapy includes a variety of Modalities to support Children:
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) are alternative communication methods used to help children with certain speech and language challenges communicate and express themselves.
At Hope our Speech and Language therapists are experienced with a variety of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) such as picture and symbol communication boards as well as various electronic devices.
Our team is able to choose the appropriate AAC (Augmentative and alternative communication) communication method and help the child, family and school use it effectively.
Prompt Speech Therapy
PROMPT is an acronym for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. The technique is a tactile-kinesthetic approach that uses touch cues to a patient’s articulators (jaw, tongue, lips) to manually guide them through a targeted word, phrase or sentence. The technique develops motor control and the development of proper oral muscular movements, while eliminating unnecessary muscle movements, such as jaw sliding and inadequate lip rounding.
PROMPT therapy is appropriate for a wide range of patients with communication disorders. The most common patients have motor speech disorders, articulation problems or are non-verbal children. Many patients with aphasia, apraxia/dyspraxia, dysarthria, pervasive development disorders, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries and autism spectrum disorders have benefitted from PROMPT therapy. An evaluation by a PROMPT-trained speech therapist is the only way to find out if a patient is appropriate for the therapy.