Communication is powerful. Every student has the ability to interact with others. We are committed to giving students a voice and helping them to be effective communication partners. Using students’ individual abilities and interests, we help them develop skills that motivate and facilitate their participation across all environments. The speech and language program at HMS encompasses a wide scope of practice, addressing both communication and feeding needs.
As part of a collaborative interdisciplinary team, we evaluate and implement intervention plans and provide ongoing assessment to students with complex communication needs. Examples of the various services we provide include: expressive language, receptive language, social communication, literacy, voice, articulation, respiration and AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication). We also provide ongoing assessment to inform adaptations and modifications to our students’ program as a result of any change in function related to their complex medical needs.
Our therapists conduct therapeutic feeding evaluations, and sessions, and work with students and their families to develop a comprehensive oral-motor and feeding support plan, following the recommendations of our feeding specialist. All program staff receive individualized and extensive training in therapeutic feeding techniques.
Our speech-language pathologists implement therapeutic feeding assessment and intervention. In conjunction with our clinical feeding specialist, therapists partner with students and their families to develop comprehensive oral-motor and feeding support plans. All program staff receive individualized and extensive training in therapeutic feeding techniques.
Our department strives to provide highly skilled and individualized services addressing the ever evolving needs of our students and families.