Shoppes at the Mill
3801 Johnson Mill Blvd.
Suites A and B
Fayetteville, AR 72704
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Clinic: 479-856-6400
Fax: 479-856-6623



Our Speech Language Pathologists provide support to children in the areas of language acquisition, articulation, oral-motor stimulation, feeding, and communication skills. These areas may include improving and working with:

- production of sounds
- communication skill development
- increasing the range of sounds
- quality of language
- vocabulary
- feeding skills
- oral-motor function
- development of oral-motor musculature
- ability to understand language
- ability to swallow
- ability to socialize appropriately

Language includes the ability to understand speech as well as the ability to produce it. Often times, an inability to express language appropriately leads to a child that is frustrated easily. Teaching him to better understand the world around him and express his wants and needs can greatly affect a child's behavior. We also evaluate a child's ability to chew and swallow food properly as well as any family concerns. Speech Pathologists are concerned with helping children reach their full developmental potential and realizing their full range of communication abilities.

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Our Occupational Therapists provide support to children in the areas of functional skill building, self-care, feeding, and sensory integration. These areas may include improving and working with:

- paying attention
- remaining calm
- eye-hand skills
- coordination of the whole body
- feeling comfortable with the positioning and movement of their body during play
- cooperating
- brushing hair
- brushing teeth
- getting dressed
- fine motor skills
- visual-motor skills
- spatial awareness

Occupational Therapists are skilled observers of a child's behavior. Small "quirks" such as not liking bath time, being particular about the clothes he wears, or being sensitive to certain foods can indicate a problem with his ability to integrate sensory information. This system can be therapeutically enhanced to help the child better modulate his environment and be ready to learn new skills.

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Our Physical Therapists provide support in the areas of gross motor development, motor planning and visual motor skills. These may include improving and working with :

- muscle tone
- strength and development
- range of movement
- quality of movement
- eye-hand coordination
- coordination of the whole body
- coordination of motor skills (hopping, jumping, skipping)

We look at the quality of a child's movements such as their pace and gait, their balance and coordination skills, as well as their ability to use their skills functionally in life. Physical Therapists are concerned with helping children reach their full developmental potential and realizing their full range of motion to improve their quality of life.

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Sensory Integration is the ability to take in information through the senses of touch, movement, smell, taste, vision, hearing, and to combine the resulting perceptions with prior information, memories, and knowledge already stored in the brain.

Sensory Integration Therapy is usually done by Occupational Therapists. They assess developmental levels and determine whether sensory-motor processing is impaired. Sensory Integration Therapy looks like play, because play is the child's way of learning and developing. Activities are carefully chosen to stimulate development in deficient areas. Children with lower sensitivity (hypersensitivity) may be exposed to strong sensations such as stroking with a brush, vibrations or rubbing. Play may involve a range of materials to stimulate the senses such as play dough or finger painting. Children with heightened sensitivity (hypersensitivity) may be exposed to peaceful activities including quiet music and gentle rocking in a softly lit room. Treats and rewards may be used to encourage children to tolerate activities they would normally avoid.

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VitalStim is the only Neuromuscular Electric Stimulation procedure approved by the F.D.A. for use on the anterior neck. VitalStim is proven effective to strengthen and coordinate the small muscles of the tongue and throat to increase individuals’ ability to swallow. VitalStim is approved for infants, children, and adults and has research showing powerful outcomes.

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The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) was developed in 1985 as a unique augmentative/ alternative training package that teaches children and adults with autism and other communication deficits to initiate communication. First used at the Delaware Autistic Program, PECS has received worldwide recognition for focusing on the initiation component of communication. PECS does not require complex or expensive materials. It was created with educators, resident care providers and families in mind, and so it is readily used in a variety of settings.

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