Easter Seals Peoria-Bloomington
Easter Seals is proud to provide comprehensive services for children with developmental delays and their families. These comprehensive services include Speech Therapy and Feeding Therapy.
Speech Therapists provide evaluations and ongoing therapy to enhance a child’s ability to understand language, communicate clearly with others, and use their lips, tongue, and cheeks for communication and feeding.
Therapy involves both direct treatment and home programming so families have the information they need to engage in developmental activities between therapy sessions.
Children may benefit from speech therapy if they:
• Are not using two-word sentences by age two
• Are not speaking as much or as clearly as their same-age peers
• Do not understand or recognize common objects or simple instructions
• Have difficulty with oral-motor functions such as lip closure, blowing, chewing or tongue movement.
Easter Seals speech-language pathologists also provide augmentative communication evaluations and therapy for use of augmentative devices. Augmentative communication devices are designed to support, enhance, or supplement the communication of children who are not independently verbal. Devices may include pictures, speech-generating technology, sign language, and use of eye gaze.
Feeding Therapists provide evaluations and ongoing therapy to improve a child’s ability to eat a variety of food safely and efficiently. Feeding therapy at Easter Seals is provided by speech-language pathologists who have extensive specialty training in feeding development and disorders. In addition to traditional feeding therapy services, Easter Seals offers sensory feeding therapy using Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) feeding strategies.
Children who exhibit the following signs or symptoms, may benefit from feeding therapy:
• Frequent episodes of gagging, coughing, or choking
• “Gurgling” voice during or after eating or drinking
• Frequent upper respiratory infections or pneumonia
• Difficulty transitioning to textured food
• Poor weight gain or unexpected weight loss
• Behavioral feeding issues such as refusing foods or tantrums
• Difficulty chewing or swallowing
• Spitting up after feeding
SOS Feeding Therapy focuses on children who demonstrate feeding difficulty due to the way food smells, looks, feels and/or tastes. Children who may benefit include those who:
• Are transitioning from tube to oral feeding
• Eat less than 20 different foods
• Have poor weight gain
• Have a limited variety of tastes and textures in diet
• Have difficulties transition to advanced textures
• Have maladaptive behaviors around eating
• Are experiencing power struggle during meals
Due to the complexity of feeding disorders, therapists work closely with physicians, nutritionists, occupational and physical therapists as needed. Most importantly, Easter Seals therapists work closely with families to develop home programming strategies so that feeding can become an enjoyable event.
Therapy at Easter Seals is provided by credentialed and licensed therapists who specialize in pediatric services.
Easter Seals is a credentialed Early Intervention provider for the state of Illinois and works closely with the local Child & Family Connections office. Children age birth to three who are eligible for the Early Intervention can receive Early Intervention services with Easter Seals.
Easter Seals accepts insurance and is an in-network provider with Humana, Health Alliance, Blue Cross, and United Healthcare. Easter Seals will verify benefits with all insurance companies and work with families to make special financial arrangements when necessary.
Easter Seals Peoria-Bloomington is the largest provider of pediatric therapy services in central Illinois and offers a broad array of services for children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. To learn more or to make a referral, contact our experts in the Peoria area at 309-686-1177 and in the Bloomington-Normal area at 309-663-8275.
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