Achieving Successful Breakthroughs
AMS Speech Therapy specializes in treating children, but we realize speech and language can be affected at any age. We have helped improve quality of life for patients ages 0-106!
Our greatest joy is witnessing the transformation of an entire family when a child, parent or grandparent is able to effectively communicate their thoughts, ideas and feelings.
We believe the most successful breakthroughs occur when we develop connections with our patients and their families.
Treating the Individual
Every person is different, and so are their needs. That’s why our therapists design individualized therapy plans to meet each individual where they are.
No two people learn or grow the same way - and that's especially true of children. Our individualized treatment process helps us, and the patients, learn to communicate more effectively.
Many families are all too familiar with the mealtime struggles that come with having a “picky eater.”
Likewise, parents are often surprised to learn that there is therapy available to help their child overcome the obstacles preventing them from eating appropriate, nutritious meals.
What presents as “picky” eating can often be attributed to physiological issues related to chewing and swallowing. Sometimes there are structural issues in the palate or frenum and behavioral issues such as food refusal.
A child can experience one or more of these issues preventing them from eating safely and willingly.
The feeding therapy approach supported by AMS Speech Therapy is geared to meet children’s motor skills and sensory needs. Food play and chaining are paired with exercises to strengthen and increase coordination of the muscles in the mouth.
Working on motor skills and sensory needs at the same time is effective in encouraging kids to eat a wider variety of foods and to ensure that they are chewing and swallowing safely.
AMS Speech Therapy utilizes play-based therapy to help children grow and embrace their voice. We believe therapy shouldn’t be “scary.” We use toys and play to help our youngest patients develop speech and language.
The entire family is encouraged to get involved with play-based therapy. When caregivers are given tools to implement during playtime, therapy is carried over into the home and becomes a way of life.
AMS Speech Therapy provides a full range of speech and language conditions including but not limited to:
Apraxia of speech articulation and phonological disorders
Cleft lip/palate and craniofacial syndromes
Feeding and swallowing disorders
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
Social language and pragmatics
All three speech-language pathologists employed by AMS Speech Therapy are credentialed in Early Intervention.
AMS Speech Therapy helps patients and families navigate issues that may arise with communication devices. Our therapists are trained to troubleshoot, program and implement a variety of augmentative and assistive communication devices (AAC).
Our therapists use “lite” tech communication programs such as picture boards and task strips to encourage communication resulting in increased insurance coverage for a device.
Please note: AMS Speech Therapy does not do evaluations for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). We prefer patients be evaluated at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.
Once the evaluation is complete, our therapists work closely with the therapy department at Children’s to transition patients to therapy through our team. This approach provides shared knowledge and data resulting in more effective therapy and increased insurance coverage.
If you believe your child or loved one could benefit from the services provided by AMS Speech Therapy, please submit the form below.