TeleTherapy | Pediatric Therapy Specialists | Fort Worth TX
At Goodwin Therapy Specialists, we offer Pediatric TeleTherapy Services for Speech, Feeding and Occupational Therapies.
Our TeleTherapy approach focuses on a parent coaching model that includes daily routines-based activities, interactive intervention in the natural environment, and optimizing goals beyond the clinic’s controlled environment.
Benefits include: Meeting with your therapist from home, continuity of your child’s care, and most importantly, fun for the entire family!
At Goodwin Therapy Specialists, we provide speech teletherapy to aid individuals in overcoming communication difficulties that may impact their ability to develope relationships and interact with others on a day-to-day basis. These difficulties include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Late talkers
- Articulation/Phonology Disorders: Difficulties with the way sounds are formed. If your child struggles with this, it is likely others have a hard time understanding them.
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech: These children have difficulty with the motor planning of speech productions. They are highly unintelligible and might appear to try really hard to communicate but they are unable to.
- Receptive/Expressive Language Disorders (vocabulary, comprehension, sentence structures, etc.): If you child struggles with this, they may have difficulties following directions, paying attention to tasks, do not use as many words as other children or have difficulty combining words into sentences.
- Fluency (Stuttering): Your child might have disruption in the flow of speech and repeat syllables, words or phrases resulting in unnatural speech. Parents often describe their child getting “stuck” on words.
- Pragmatic/Social communication: Difficulty understanding the “social” rules of language, such as humor, personal space/boundaries and conversational rules
See below for a brief timeline of when your child should reach certain speech milestones.
- 12 months of age: Your child will speak their first word and should soon after have a 2-6 word vocabulary, beyond “mama” and “dada.”
- 18 months: Your child should be speaking approximately 50 words on a regular basis.
- 18-24 months: Your child will begin combining words.
- 24-30 months: Your child should have 200-300 words in their vocabulary by now.
- 2 years: Your child should be 50 percent intelligible to an unknown listener.
- 3 years: your child is using 3-word phrases and should have a vocabulary of up to 1000 words. Your child’s speech should be 75% intelligible to an unknown listener.
- 4 years: Your child’s speech should be 100% clear to an unknown listener.
Our TeleTherapy approach focuses on a parent coaching model beyond the clinic’s controlled environment.
While it’s expected that they may go through phases of wanting grilled cheese sandwiches for every meal, and that broccoli may never be their favorite vegetable, sometimes the concerns are more severe.
If your child is struggling with texture aversions, swallowing, chewing or other development delays, we’re here to help. See below for some of the most common reasons that children have issues with feeding.
- Reflux, stomach problems
- Low birth weight or premature
- Sensory difficulties
- Behavior difficulties
- Muscle weakness in the head and neck
- Cleft lip/palate
- Developmental delays
See below for some signs that there may be an underlying cause for your feeding time stress.
- Coughs or gags during meals
- Eats only certain textures (i.e. crunchy, soft, etc.)
- Has problems chewing
- Takes a long time to eat
- Refuses to eat or drink
- Cries of fusses when feeding
- Is not gaining weight or growing
- Accepts limited foods
Pediatric Occupational Teletherapy
Pediatric Occupational therapy is something that may be able to improve and expand your child’s skill sets and prepare them for success now and well into the future. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of pediatric occupational therapy, here is a great resource from The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
Sometimes, children need help to strengthen their hand muscles before learning how to tie their shoes, or they need to be exposed to new and messy activities to become accustomed to coping with situations they may run in to on a daily basis.
If you’re not sure if the difficulties your child is facing are normal, look below at some of the common issues that can be addressed with occupational therapy.
- Difficulty winding down or self-calming
- Clumsy or uncoordinated
- Avoids movement (dislikes swings, etc.) or seeks out excessive movement (frequently jumping, crashing, etc.)
- Difficulties with transition and/or changes in routine
- Difficulties self-dressing, feeding themselves or other difficulties with fine motor skills
- Handwriting appear messy and ineligible