Clackamas Speech specializes in the following four areas of therapy. Heidii Roberts utilizes innovative and clinically sound therapies, as well as her own 15 year track record of techniques, to inspire positive results in all her clients. Please contact Heidii to consult with her about any of the therapies listed below to help treat your child’s speech-language needs.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
This treatment is for Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD). Orofacial myofunctional disorders involve a variety of behaviors and patterns created by inappropriate muscle function and habits involving the tongue, lip, jaw, and face. Tongue thrust is the most common orofacial myofunctional disorder.
Speech Disorder Therapy
A speech disorder is often due to speech sound production mistakes which occur at certain ages. Each sound develops and is produced correctly at different age ranges. Speech sound disorders involve problems with articulation or making sounds. Phonological process disorders involve patterns of errors in sound production.
Sensory-Language Disorder Therapy
When a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings completely (expressive language), then he or she has a language disorder. This can be the result of something medical in nature or have no known cause.
As a speech-language pathologist, I am able to utilize equine (riding a horse) movement to facilitate the physiologic systems that support speech and language. When combined with other standard speech-language intervention strategies, we can generate effective remediation of communication disorders and promote very positive functional communication outcomes.
Note: We evaluate each potential patient on an individual basis to determine the appropriateness of including hippotherapy as a treatment strategy. And, we work closely with the horse professional to manipulate various aspects of the horse’s movement, position, management style, equipment and types of activities to generate effective remediation protocols and to promote functional outcomes.