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.

Specialty Services

Treatment Areas

Childhood Apraxia of Speech



ORofacial Myology

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 thrust

  • tongue tie/lip tie

  • dental malocclusions


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.  


Erica Azzurri 

Azzurri Speech Therapy

Pittsburgh, PA


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