Comprehensive oral sensory-motor speech and feeding evaluations
Evaluations will be comprehensive and will look at the child as a whole. Our clinicians will collect the birth history, diagnoses, medical history, developmental milestones, and other relevant family history. From this information, appropriate testing will be determined.
Oral motor feeding, speech and language evaluations are generally two hours in length. During this comprehensive evaluation, we analyze the oral structures as the child moves through his/her environment using a variety of food and non-food items to determine how sensory and motor deficits are impacting feeding skills and sound production.
At Alphabet Soup we task analyze the specific movements needed for accurate speech and adequate feeding. After the evaluation is completed, an individualized program plan will be developed for your child. The program plan will include specific exercises and goals to address any areas of deficit. You will also be mailed a typed evaluation report. The report will include ICD-10 codes and CPT codes pending the findings of the evaluation.
Lori Overland also provides full day consults to school district and Birth to Three programs.
Speech and feeding therapy:
Feeding Therapy: Therapy will address your child’s oral motor-sensory skill development needed for safe and nutritive feeding
Oral Placement Therapy: Therapy will combine auditory, tactile, and visual stimulation to help your child produce target sounds. Oral Placement Therapy is often characterized by the use of a therapy tool and/or other tactile proprioceptive techniques to establish a speech sound. The target sounds are immediately transitioned into speech without the therapy tools.
Tongue Thrust: Therapy will focus on increasing awareness, stabilizing the jaw, and helping the child retract the tongue to accurately produce target sounds.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS): Therapy will focus on motor planning using a variety of auditory, visual, and tactile/proprioceptive techniques. Therapy will increase awareness of articulators, and will break down sound production to the most basic level, before moving on to more complex sound production.
Duration of Therapy:
Program plans will be developed after the evaluation and will include exercises and goals that will be revisited after 3 months of therapy. Therapy sessions can be scheduled on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or up to 3 months apart depending on the family’s needs. Therapy sessions are typically scheduled for 45 minutes per session.
We currently do not accept insurance. Each family is provided with an invoice which includes ICD-10 and CPT codes. The family can submit invoices to their insurance providers to be reimbursed evaluation/therapy expenses depending on their current plan.