with MMI speech-language pathologists
To provide the highest quality care for individuals with speech, language, and swallowing disorders, some providers within the Speech-Language Pathology department offer services within the context of other departments (e.g., integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pediatric Feeding Disorders, Severe Behavior Department). These Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) have specialized training to provide integrated services within these departments. This allows for collaboration between the providers, development of a more comprehensive plan of care, and increased convenience to patients and families.
Integrated Speech and Language Services
The Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) Speech Language Pathology department provides integrated speech language services within Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) programs at MMI, including Early Intervention, Autism Care for Toddlers Clinics, Severe Behavior Department, and SEEDS (Starting Early: Eating and Developmental Skills). These services are typically provided on a regular basis and occur within the context of your child’s behavioral services. Your child’s SLP will evaluate your child and collaborate with team members to determine goals for treatment.
The purpose of providing services in this way ensures that your child's speech and language skills are supported throughout their entire appointment. This means they will get more practice and therefore may make more progress than they might if the services were provided separately. These services are typically provided in person but can be completed via telehealth as well. Services may address articulation, language, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and/or social language skills.
Integrated Feeding and Swallowing Services
The MMI Speech Language Pathology department provides integrated feeding and swallowing services within the Pediatric Feeding Program. These services are provided on a regular basis and occur within the context of an outpatient service model, intensive day-treatment program, or SEEDS.
Through the integrated model, the SLP utilizes techniques and provides education to ensure your child is safely and effectively eating/drinking. The SLP will evaluate your child and collaborate with team members to determine the type and amount of services your child will receive. These services are typically provided in person but can be completed via telehealth as well.