Pediatric Therapy Services

Our Speech-Language Pathologists are licensed by the state of Minnesota and are members of the Minnesota Speech-Language Hearing Association as well as accredited members of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).  Key staff members are also certified Fast ForWord and Interactive Metronome providers as well as Level 1 PROMPT trained speech-language pathologists.

Kid Talk provides evaluation and treatment for the following speech-language disorders:

  • Oral Motor
  • Feeding
  • Verbal Apraxia
  • Articulation
  • Receptive/Expressive Language Delay
  • Stuttering
  • Dysarthria
  • Phonological Disorder
  • Voice
  • Pragmatics

Specialty Programs

PROMPT

The focus is on word targets that are relevant and have meaning to the client so s/he is connected and motivated to what s/he is learning. Your PROMPT clinician will come up with a motivating activity or game where the word can be repeated. Then the clinician will use his or her hands to support the motor movements as the client practices saying those words. Learning new motor skills takes a lot of practice and family members are essential for providing support.

The PROMPT Trained SLP will choose specific words (lexicon) to target the motor patterns a client needs experience in when using functional speech interactions. For instance, if a client tends to speak with a clenched jaw or restricted jaw opening, the SLP will choose words containing sounds such as, ‘ah’. Some target words and phrases might be ‘on’, ‘mama’, ‘pop’, or ‘all gone’.

Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing- DTTC

A treatment method designed specifically for children with severe CAS, especially those who were not successful with more traditional forms of therapy, and has been used successfully with moderate CAS as well. DTTC is a motor-based approach, meaning it is designed to improve the brain’s ability to plan and program movements for speech, which most experts believe is the underlying cause of CAS. The goal of DTTC is to improve the efficiency of neural processing for the development and refinement of movements. The incorporation of a number of principles of motor learning helps the child maintain accurate movement over time. In DTTC, the therapist selects specific word targets to shape movements of the mouth that are necessary for speech.