Children’s Speech and Language Services is a group of caring speech-language pathologists committed to helping your child have successful family meals. We serve patients from birth to 21 years of age that are experiencing feeding aversions, oral motor delay, difficulty swallowing, behavioral problem related to feeding, food refusal, poor weight gain, difficulty with texture transition, as well as G-tube to oral feeding transition.
Our speech-language pathologists evaluate, consult, diagnose and treat children with swallowing and feeding difficulties. We provide ongoing individualized management for children and are dedicated in assisting families to learn strategies for helping their children advance to their greatest potential.
Our program focuses on building a foundation for oral feeding and developing oral feeding skills in a positive, child-friendly environment. Our feeding therapists use a variety of techniques and have participated in numerous trainings including: SOS, Orofacial myology, mindfulness classes and trainings by Suzanne Evans Morris, Diane Bahr and Melanie Potock, Beckman Oral Motor, and many more. We help children experience meals through all the senses and reduce anxiety and discomfort in the process.
Our personal goal is to create a pleasant environment that allows children to experience less stressful mealtimes with their family. We work towards establishing feeding patterns that promote optimal nutrition and growth while supporting the child’s development in physical, social, ethical and cognitive areas.
We believe in finding a child’s strengths and helping family members learn to guide their loved one to more successful mealtimes.
For more information on how we can help your family, contact us at (703) 685-1070 (Falls Church office) and (703) 866-0433 (Springfield office)
Happy Graduates! Children’s Speech and Language Services, Inc. in the Falls Church office is excited to continue offering our feeding groups through our EMBRACE Feeding Program. The group integrates a combination of the best feeding methods to meet your child’s individual needs. The goals of the program include:
“Our 7 year-old son struggles with significant sensory processing and autism spectrum issues. For several years, his diet has been limited to just a few bland and carb-heavy choices. His limited forms of protein have been from milk and cheese pizza. Left to his own devices, he would never venture from those two items. This kid’s olfactory senses are so exquisite, he can tell from the next room if we switched brands of cheese pizza on him. The ongoing battles over mealtime had become terribly stressful. But we experienced even more anxiety about his serious nutritional deficits.
Through our speech therapy work, Aileen and Jenifer introduced us to their new Dinner Detectives class. Halfway through the course, angels descended from above and our son’s eating habits completely transformed. Aileen, Jen, and the other kids in the class all created a smart, fun, and low stress environment for experimenting with smells, textures, and flavors. Their methods are brilliantly effective. JP now voluntarily uses their techniques at home when trying new foods.
The mealtime screaming and crying has stopped. Our kid now powers through veggies like edamame and brussel sprouts! He even tries to convince other people to try them. He eats lamb, calamari, fish, prime rib with horseradish sauce, and shrimp with cocktail sauce. He became excited about serving himself, and tries everything on the table. This week he ate an entire filet of sea bass, with a huge portion of broccoli and zucchini. Now he’s asking to help with the cooking, and decided he wants to be a chef.”