Services

Delivering individualized, motivating, and effective therapy for children of all ages

Simply Therapy provides comprehensive assessments and individualized treatment to address the unique speech, language, feeding, and myofunctional needs for children of all ages. Every therapy session is specifically planned for each child's goals, abilities, and preferences. Our therapists combine evidence-based therapy approaches with games, crafts, puzzles, imaginary play, and other developmentally appropriate activities to keep our clients engaged and having fun. We always invite our families to be active participants in the therapeutic process and ensure every family feels supported, understood, valued, and empowered.

At Simply Therapy, we also offer staff training for preschools, daycares, and parent groups. Contact us if you would like to learn more!

 

Specialties

Our team of experienced speech therapists treats a wide variety of disorders and diagnoses, including:

  • Articulation disorders

  • Phonological delays and disorders

  • Childhood apraxia of speech

  • Fluency/stuttering

  • Receptive and expressive language impairments

  • Social communication delays and disorders

  • Developmental delays

  • Feeding disorders

  • Dysphagia/swallowing disorders

  • Orofacial myofunctional disorders

  • Autism spectrum disorder

  • Down syndrome

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Traumatic brain injury and stroke

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SPEECH 

Evaluations & Therapy

We begin with an evaluation to develop an understanding of your child’s unique communication challenges and skills. Through a combination of parent interview, observation, and standardized assessments, we are able to determine the underlying cause of your child’s presenting speech challenges. Following the evaluation, we will collaborate to develop a treatment plan focused on developing functional communication skills in a fun and exciting way. At Simply Therapy, our team of speech therapists focuses on the whole child, building each child’s confidence in their ability to communicate wants, needs, ideas, and more!

Our team also provides therapy for children with complex communication needs who benefit from the use of assistive technology or augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

 
COMMON SIGNS OF A SPEECH DELAY OR DISORDER INCLUDE:

As every child is unique, so is their speech development. Signs of a speech disorder are based on developmental milestones and a child's age. Below are some signs of a speech delay or disorder; however, this is not an exhaustive list, so please contact our office if you have concerns about your child's communication. 

  • Limited words and verbal communication

  • Frustration at not being understood

  • Speech that is difficult to understand

  • Trouble saying certain sounds or sound combinations

  • Leaving sounds off the beginning or ends of words 

  • Limited inventory of vowels or consonants

  • Substituting one sound for another

  • Inconsistency producing certain sounds 

  • Difficulty with motor-planning for speech

  • Abnormal rhythm or rate of speech

  • Disfluent speech/stuttering​​​​

  • Lisps or sound distortions

 
LANGUAGE

Evaluations & Therapy

At Simply Therapy, we will begin with an assessment of both receptive and expressive language skills, allowing us to develop a comprehensive picture of what your child understands and what he/she can express. Following the evaluation, we will collaborate to develop a treatment plan focused on building language skills for functional, social, and academic communication. Using games and activities that align with your child’s interests, our therapists will ensure your child is motivated and engaged in the learning process.

COMMON SIGNS OF A LANGUAGE DELAY OR DISORDER INCLUDE:

As every child is unique, so is their receptive and expressive language development. Signs of a language disorder are based on developmental milestones and vary greatly depending on a child's age. As a child enters school, language impairments can also show up in reading, writing, and math (any subject that relies on language to learn). Below are some signs of a language delay or disorder; however, this is not an exhaustive list, so please contact our office if you have concerns about your child's communication. 

  • Limited vocabulary in comparison to same-aged peers

  • Difficulty engaging in a back-and-forth conversation

  • Using gestures, crying, or physical manipulation rather than words

  • Difficulty understanding and following directions

  • Using rote phrases in place of spontaneous language

  • Limited ability to answer questions appropriately

  • Difficulty engaging with same-aged peers

  • Limited responsiveness to their name being called ​

  • Difficulty stringing words together in the correct order

  • Challenges with verb tenses, pronouns, and other grammatical concepts

  • Difficulty retelling a story or describing something in detail

FEEDING & SWALLOWING

Evaluations & Therapy

Our feeding specialists begin with an evaluation to determine if your child is having trouble eating due to oral-motor issues, structural abnormalities, sensory concerns, or a combination. The results of the evaluation, along with your child's medical and developmental history and family values, are used to develop a personalized treatment plan and feeding goals. Our therapists will then combine evidence-based approaches with parent coaching and home programs to ensure we are addressing the whole child. Throughout our therapeutic journey, our team will provide ongoing training to help families  feel confident to continue practice and food exploration at home.

 
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A FEEDING OR SWALLOWING DISORDER INCLUDE:

Children from infancy to school-age can experience challenges related to feeding and swallowing. Some signs your child may benefit from a feeding or swallowing evaluation are listed below. Due to the sensitive nature of feeding and swallowing disorders, we always recommend consulting with your primary care physician first.  Please contact us if you have concerns about your child's feeding and swallowing.

  • Prematurity, low weight gain, diagnosis of failure to thrive

  • Prolonged feedings or mealtimes

  • Coughing, choking, watery eyes, and/or vomiting during or after eating

  • Congestion (chest or nasal in nature), noisy or wet vocal quality, frequent respiratory illness

  • Arching of the back, breathing difficulties, and/or decreased responsiveness while eating

  • Difficulty chewing and/or swallowing certain food textures

  • Avoiding foods due to texture, color, and/or smell

  • Difficult behaviors at mealtime, food refusal

  • Restrictive diet/eating only a limited list of foods

  • Refusing foods that were previously tolerated or enjoyed

  • Oral-motor delays related to neurological diagnoses such as Cerebral Palsy or stroke

  • Oral aversion due to prolonged tube feedings

 
OROFACIAL MYOFUNCTIONAL

Evaluations & Therapy

We provide orofacial myofunctional assessments and evidence-based treatment to target the complex nature of myofunctional disorders, which can impact dentition, facial growth, tongue posture, breathing, as well as speech and feeding development. Our trained therapists provide exercises and a thorough home program to increase oral awareness, lingual tone, lingual range of motion, and promote nasal breathing. We work alongside other professionals such as your dentist, orthodontist, pediatrician, and ENT to achieve the optimal outcome.

 

Myofunctional therapy and evaluations are offered to children, teens, and adults. 

COMMON SIGNS OF AN OROFACIAL MYOFUNCTIONAL DISORDER INCLUDE:

Orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD) commonly present with one or more of the symptoms listed below. If you or your child are experiencing any of the signs/symptoms of an OMD, contact our office to learn more about the benefits of myofunctional therapy. Common signs of an orofacial myofunctional disorder include:

  • Mouth breathing and poor lip seal

  • Prolonged chewing, tongue thrust during swallow

  • High, narrow palate​

  • Open bite, front teeth that stick out

  • Orthodontic concerns and orthodontic relapse 

  • Tongue- and/or lip-tie

  • Oral habits such as thumb sucking, tongue sucking, nail-biting

  • Prolonged pacifier or sippy cup use

  • Teeth grinding and/or jaw tension​

  • ADHD-like symptoms (tired but wired)

  • Dark circles, venous pooling under eyes

  • Poor sleep behaviors such as restless sleep, frequent wakings, prolonged bed wetting, or snoring

  • Flaccid lips and cheeks

  • Long or asymmetrical face

  • Stubborn articulation disorders, often with the S, R, and L sounds, that have not responded to traditional therapeutic approaches​

  • Frontal or lateral lisp