Playworks Speech & Occupational Therapy provides informal evaluations, standardized assessments, and ongoing therapy in a clinical setting. We have experience with a wide variety of speech, language, motor and sensory disorders. Our speech therapists aim to use their expertise to help children have fun while communicating. Our occupational therapists provide treatment through functional activity and play so that children may thrive in their environments.

AAC includes all forms of communication, other than oral speech, that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. Should a child have severe speech or language problems, our goal is to determine an alternative way for them to express themselves. Ultimately, this will improve a child’s social interactions, performance in school, and self-identity.

At Playworks, we administer AAC evaluations to determine eligibility for utilizing AAC as a primary means of communication. When we make our recommendation for a speech-generating device, we also submit the funding request to patient’s insurance company, deeming the device as medically necessary. Finally, we have the specific skills to train patients and their families to use the AAC devices to facilitate efficient and effective interactions.

We treat children with a wide variety of language disorders such as, auditory processing disorders, developmental delays, specific language impairment and autistic spectrum disorders.

We use purposeful activities to prevent, lessen, or overcome disabilities relating to neuro-motor development, sensory motor skills, self-care skills (feeding, dressing, and bathing), fine motor skills (hand skills and dexterity) and play skills. Special areas of training for our OT include: Interactive Metronome® certified, Certified Infant Massage Instructor®, Learning Without Tears (previously Handwriting Without Tears©) trained, advanced training in sensory motor processing impairments and training in Early Intervention and prematurity.

Articulation refers to the actual production of speech sounds. For example, if a child produces /t/ for /s/ (e.g. “tun” for “sun”), articulation therapy would focus on helping the child produce the /s/ sound correctly.

Phonological disorders refer to a confusion with the rules of the language. So if a child can say all the sounds in the language, but consistently drops the final consonant in the word, they have a phonological disorder called “Final Consonant Deletion”. They have a confusion about the need to “mark” the end of a word.

We are PROMPT trained and ready to help children with motor-planning problems. Motor planning is the act of figuring out how to move the muscles to complete a movement gesture (e.g. knowing how much to contract the muscle and where to move it)

We are trained in Debra Beckman’s oral motor approach, and Sarah Rosenfeld-Johnson muscle based therapy and the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding©. Feeding therapy is individualized and combines both sensory-motor and behavioral methods customized for each and every child.

Sensory-motor therapy, social language groups, and language therapy are all part of the treatment for our children with autistic spectrum disorder. We are trained in Floortime methods and feel strongly that every child can and should have fun while communicating.

Learning linguistic concepts such as spatial concepts (in/on, etc.), colors, and temporal concepts (first, next, last) can be challenging for some children.

Studies show that children who can rhyme, encode (e.g. “C” “A” “T” – that says…”Cat”), and decode (e.g. “Cat – what do you hear first?”) in preschool will have success with reading in the later years. Since children with speech and language disorders are at risk for having reading problems, we tie literacy activities into the therapy.