Pediatric Speech Therapy (ST)

Sharing a meal with Maverick - Sage Care Feeding Therapy

Sharing a Meal with Maverick

May 11, 2015

Prematurely born babies like Maverick, who was born at 28 weeks often demonstrate a need for feeding therapy. Maverick is currently diagnosed with severe oral/pharyngeal Dysphagia and has a history of silent aspiration and respiratory distress syndrome. Initially, he would gag and throw up with any touch to his lips or mouth and would never allow attempts to take a bottle. After receiving speech therapy services, Maverick is now able to tolerate oral stimulation consistently with no gagging or vomiting. Read More ...

Giving Autism a Voice for Benny

May 19, 2014

Benny (we’ll call him that to protect his identity) is a seven-year-old boy diagnosed with autism. A couple of years ago Steve began working with Benny, and at only five years old, his challenges were serious. Because his parents were at their wit’s end about how to get him to speak, and his doctor had recommended he get speech therapy, Steve was selected to help this amazing little boy find a voice. At the time of his arrival, he was Read More ...

Speech Therapy Helps Nancy Communicate!

March 14, 2014

Speech Therapy Nancy is an 8 year old girl with a silly sense of humor, a hint of stubbornness and supportive family. She receives speech therapy with Sage Care. Her therapist, Lindsey, MA/CCC-SLP, works with her to develop communication strategies. She was given a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy at birth. She has difficulty communicating orally due to lack of motor coordination with her oral musculature due to the CP.  She received a Voice Output Device from Dynavox this past Fall and Read More ...

Is There An App For That?

March 10, 2014

Parents often ask, “Is there an app for that?” when they want to improve their child’s language skills. The answer is twofold – while tablets and similar devices can be very motivating for children, simply giving a child a tablet to play with will not improve his/her language skills. Rather, guided practice and support from a speech therapist or caregiver is important to help a child improve his/her communication skills. Daniel is a child who LOVES playing games on tablet Read More ...

Pediatric Therapy, Feeding, Swallowing, Feeding Therapy

Feeding Corner

January 14, 2014

Each week we will be sharing educational tid-bits and facts about feeding and swallowing disorders. What is a feeding disorder? Feeding disorders include problems gathering food and getting ready to suck, chew, or swallow it. For example, a child who cannot pick up food and get it to her mouth or cannot completely close her lips to keep food from falling out of her mouth may have a feeding disorder. What is a swallowing disorder? Swallowing disorders, also called dysphagia Read More ...

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Children With Autism Make Huge Gains With Speech Therapy

January 2, 2014

Many children with Autism struggle with language and communication. A large number are non-verbal. Speech therapists strive to help them develop language and full communication skills. Sage Care therapist, Lori, has made big steps with one of our young Autistic patients. Let’s call him Oscar. Oscar is a 5-year old little boy with Autism. Several months ago Oscar’s main mode of communication was screaming, gesturing, or using a few simple words such as “no” or “stop”. He struggled to attend Read More ...

A Real Breakthrough!

December 17, 2013

With speech therapy, even children who don’t have a traditional way of speaking can clearly communicate. D. is an 8 year old who cannot speak. He uses a computerized communication device to make simple requests and comments. He can also answer questions about his basic personal information. But, recently, he used his device to tell each of his parents he loved them for the first time. So that they would clearly understand his meaning, after using his communication device to Read More ...

speech therapy, autism, non-verbal, communication, special needs

Joseph and his Amazing Success Story with Speech Therapy

November 19, 2013

Every so often a success story comes from one of our therapists when working with her kids. We want to share these stories with everyone because they so beautifully illustrate what can be done when parents, advocates, therapists, and families work together to help make things possible. Please leave a comment below and share the story so more people can read about Joseph’s amazing success story with speech therapy! Joseph is a 6 year old with autism who has received Read More ...