I am a speech language pathologist, certified orofacial myologist and owner of Myo Speech and Feeding Center. I am recognized by Apraxia Kids for Advanced Training and Clinical Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I have over 14 years experience treating the pediatric through adulthood population. I specialize in evaluation and treatment of speech and language difficulties related to but not limited to:
- Receptive and Expressive Language Delays
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
- Articulation or Phonological Disorders (inability to produce sounds)
- Down Syndrome and Other Chromosomal Abnormalities
I also specialize in treating a variety of feeding difficulties related to but not limited to:
-oral motor dysfunction
-orofacial myofunctional disorders
-breast/bottle feeding difficulties
-difficulty transitioning to purees and solids
-children with limited food repertoire
Effective speech-language pathology intervention begins with an individual, complete diagnostic assessment of speech, language and/or feeding skills. All assessments include clinical observations as well as standardized and non-standardized evaluation tools. Upon completion of testing, a diagnosis is formulated and a report is written. Plan of care is then discussed with the family. Evaluations are between 1-2 hours in length.
I use a variety of techniques to provide enjoyable, effective therapy. Individual sessions provide intensive therapy to promote maximum progress. The majority of sessions are conducted in office; however, teletherapy session are also available.
Some programs utilized are:
-Oral Placement Therapy (OPT)
I strive to improve all aspects of communication, including sound production, vocal quality, speech fluency, language understanding, language expression, and social communication. Pediatric speech therapy at Myo Speech and Feeding Center is designed to assess and treat a variety of communication disorders in a fun and nurturing environment. Depending on the age and speech difficulty, we may talk, play, read books, or use interactive activities with your child to model speech and teach appropriate sound production and language development.
Many of the clients at Myo Speech and Feeding Center have an underlying oral motor dysfunction or are experiencing sensory sensitivities. A full oral exam is always completed as well as observations of the client and how they interact with preferred and nonpreferred foods. Sensory sensitivities may cause the child to gag or vomit and refuse foods ,resulting in a restrictive diet.
Myo Speech and Feeding Center provides individualized treatment plans to optimize function of orofacial muscles. Our program is used to improve:
-Improper breathing patterns
-Tongue Thrust swallow pattern
-Incorrect oral resting postures
-Swallowing and chewing disorders
-Oral habit elimination
-Pre-post surgical lingual and labial frenectomy therapy (Neuromuscular Re-education)
We are an "out of network" provider. Each family will pay on the day of service and will be provided with an invoice ("super bill") which includes ICD-10 and CPT codes. The family can submit invoices to their insurance providers to be reimbursed for evaluation/therapy expenses depending on their benefits. Our services are often covered by out-of-network benefits. It is recommended you contact your insurance company before starting services to learn what/how much will be reimbursed.
If you or someone you know is in need of improving their overall communication skills, feeding skills, or myofunctional skills, you have come to the right place.