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Speech & Language Therapy

What is Speech Therapy?

Speech Therapists provide evaluations and ongoing therapy to enhance receptive and expressive communication, oral-motor, and feeding abilities.  Therapy stimulates oral-motor development, strengthens receptive and expressive language development, enhances auditory processing, and/or improves phonological difficulties.

Who provides services?

All therapy services are provided by registered and licensed therapists who specialize in pediatric services.  Therapists are also credentialed and enrolled as providers of Early Intervention (EI) services.  Therapists work closely with the family,  the child’s physician, and other health care practitioners setting treatment goals that are realistic and consistent with the child and family’s need.

Therapy involves both direct treatment and home programming; developmental information for activities they can implement between therapy sessions.  Family involvement is a critical component of therapy.

Who needs Speech Therapy?

Children who are not using two-word sentences by age two; those who are not speaking as much or as clearly as their same-age peers; those who do not understand or recognize common objects or simple instructions; or, those who have difficulty with oral-motor function (such as lip closure, blowing, chewing or tongue movement) may be in need of Speech or Feeding Therapy.

Therapists at Easter Seals have special training in:

Feeding Therapy
PECS
Apraxia
Dysarthria
Feeding/Swallowing
Links to Language

Want to know more?

Contact our Peoria Service Center at 309.686.1177 or the Bloomington Service Center at 309.663.8275.

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