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Speech and Occupational Therapy for Kids

We offer a variety of programs and treatment options, including teletherapy.

Therapy they actually look forward to

Speech Therapy

A child with a speech disorder may have difficulties in many arenas of their lives -- learning, development, health, social, and emotional.  We work closely with parents, schools, and other professionals to maximize outcomes.

Occupational Therapy

Our OT services help children develop strength, body awareness, balance, and perceptual abilities. These are needed to acquire gross and fine motor skills and improve your child's interactions the their environment.

Some of the many programs we offer

Your child's program(s) will be tailored to their own unique needs and objectives.

P.R.O.M.P.T.

Our therapists are uniquely trained to use PROMPT. We use this technique with our patients that have trouble with motor-based speech movement such as Childhood Apraxia of Speech. PROMPT uses specialized oral-musculature touches to encourage production of speech sounds.

Myofunctional Therapy/Tongue Thrust

Our therapist are trained in Orofacial Myology, also known as Myofunctional therapy or 'tongue thrust'. We partner with local orthodontists to help decrease the need for longterm braces and/or retainers and to maintain proper teeth alignment.

Kaufman Method

Our SLPs use Nancy Kaufman’s word approximation method to teach children with motor speech disorders such as Childhood Apraxia of Speech. This method eliminates the motor complex part of words making it easier for children to speak words.

SOS Approach to Feeding

The Sequential Oral Sensory feeding program focuses on increasing a child's comfort level in exploring and learning about the different properties of foods, including texture, smell, taste, and consistency. This approach allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way.

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Evaluation

A thorough evaluation by one of our speech pathologists will give us the best starting point. It will help pinpoint your your child's issues so we can provide the most appropriate, effective, and efficient treatment.

Insurance & Billing

We accept most health insurances however we do not accept Peach State, Peachcare, Wellcare, Amerigroup, Caresource, Tricare, Kaiser, Medisource or Medicaid CMOs.

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Winn Medical Center
495 Winn Way, Ste. 210
Decatur, GA 30030

770-209-9826