Occupational therapists teach children how to be as independent as possible in their daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy addresses: self-regulation, sensory processing, feeding, dressing, grooming, and handwriting. Also attention, fine motor skills, coordination, and strength needed to complete routines of daily living.
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) develop and enhance communication skills. Our pediatric speech-language therapists assess, diagnose, and treat children based on the nature of their communication challenges. These may include foundational skills for communication like play and attention, as well as, language understanding and use, speech production, oral-motor and/or feeding and swallowing and social skills.
Feeding therapy helps children learn how to eat or how to eat better. Feeding therapists provide feeding therapy and are usually occupational therapists or speech and language pathologists. Feeding therapy is often recommended to help infants and children who have difficulties with sucking, chewing, swallowing, as well as, difficulties related to sensory based concerns. The earlier a child is in therapy to address these problems, the better the growth, nutrition, and future eating outcomes.