At Azzurri Speech Therapy, I use a combination of treatment approaches to treat various disorders/diagnoses, including: language, articulation/phonology, childhood apraxia of speech, dysarthria, autism, Down Syndrome, feeding, oral-motor deficits, orofacial myofunctional disorders, etc. My goal is to find the right combination of treatment approaches for each individual client. I complete a thorough evaluation and set up a treatment plan for therapy as well as a home plan to increase rate of success.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Therapy to improve improve speech/articulation, facial rest postures, and chewing/swallowing by addressing orofacial myofunctional disorders, including:
oral habits (thumbsucking, pacifiers)
open mouth posture
forward tongue posture
tongue tie/lip tie
Oral Placement Therapy
Oral Placement Therapy combines traditional auditory/visual speech therapy methods with tactile-proprioceptive techniques to improve speech clarity.
OPT is used to improve articulator awareness, placement (dissociation, grading, and direction of movement), stability, and muscle memory; all of these are necessary for the development of speech clarity.
PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets is a tactile-kinesthetic (touch and feel) approach where an SLP places his/her hands on the client’s face to guide his/her jaw, lips, and tongue to move correctly to form words. This approach can be used with all speech sound disorders including articulation, apraxia of speech, and dysarthria.