We don’t often think about it, but we use the same oral structures for speaking and eating. And so we, as Speech Therapists, work with barriers in communication like stuttering; barriers in eating like picky eaters or barriers in both communication and eating like strokes and brain injuries.
We work with children and adults who present with
speech-language/swallowing delays/disorders including:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Developmental delays
- Cerebral palsy
- Down Syndrome
- Head injuries
- Voice disorders
- Learning disabilities
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Speech articulation difficulties
Rochelle Thanjan also provides medico-legal services for medical negligence
and the Road Accident Fund. She serves as an expert witness.
Various Approaches and Tools
We are trained in various approaches and remain committed to upskilling to ensure that we provide updated, evidence-based techniques.
These are some of the approaches we use:
-Oral Placement Therapy (Talktools)
-PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets)
-NDT (Neuro-Developmental Treatment)
-SOS approach to feeding (Sequential Oral Sensory)
- Hanen Four I's to Social Communication
For our paediatric population, we used play-based approaches to ensure developmentally appropriate techniques.
Our tools range from hierarchical whistles, to special spoons, to our own hands to mould oral structures for function.
We believe in a transdisciplinary approach so we work closely with other professionals involved in our clients care to ensure a holistic approach is maintained. We offer joint sessions with these professionals, where necessary, and also offer home based therapy. We aim to provide age appropriate, evidence-based, client-centred therapy.