About Us | Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates Overview
Jessica Shepherd established Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates in 2006 with three SLPs to serve the early intervention population of South Metro Denver. Since 2006, Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates has grown to 20 therapists and opened the Centennial clinic in 2012. Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates is a leader in Denver pediatric therapy, with services focusing on speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy.
Speech therapy is for children who have difficulty with communication and related disorders, from auditory and memory to voice and oral-motor. It includes specialization in therapy for receptive language, expressive language, articulation/phonological processing, feeding, swallowing, oral motor conditions, fluency and stuttering, voice, and language and literacy. The goal of speech therapy is to get a child to share his or her thoughts and ideas, produce specific sounds, appropriately use objects and toys during play, understand more words, understand sentences, understand reading passages, and much more. therapy.
Occupational therapy focuses on fine motor skills, visual-perceptual skills, cognitive skills, and sensory-processing deficits. Our specialists also evaluate children who may benefit from specialized equipment like wheelchairs, splints, and more. The goal of occupational therapy is to get children to engage in basic life tasks, such as buttoning buttons, tying shoes, handwriting skills, and more.
Physical therapy help children improve range of motion, strength, mobility, posture, balance, and endurance for independent function with training for gross motor defects and postural balance, walking/gait, and sports injury. Our physical therapists also help children with strengthening exercises to help decrease any asymmetry that may be occurring due to torticollis and provide specialized care for children suffering from neuromuscular diseases and deficits. We also have specialized equipment and exercises for children who have conditions like ADD or ADHD, as well as those who need help to establish proper coordination patterns as well as rhythm or timing.
Family Based Treatment
Our patients’ families are considered an essential part of the treatment team. Assessments and treatment plans include feedback from parents and caregivers. The parents are the primary decision makers in the child’s treatment. They will be guided in understanding their child’s areas of need and strengths as well as in how to assist in their child’s intervention including carryover at home, at school and in the community.
An Interdisciplinary Approach
We can work as a team with all the contributors to your child’s education and care. We use assessments, reports and observations from other professionals in the child’s life including: physicians, teachers, psychologists, tutors, occupational therapists and physical therapists. We will participate with other team members to coordinate treatment goals, and to facilitate the most beneficial learning environment for the patient.