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OUR SERVICES

Based out of Kailua, Hawaii Thankfully Inspired, LLC, provides quality pediatric speech-language feeding, myofunctional & physical therapy

(Hawaii, California, and Texas) and professional training to SLPs and educational staff nationwide. 

We understand the challenges parents face today. We want to support them in their parenting journey by providing information, strategies, and resources that will make a positive impact on their homes, communities, and lives. 

Our mission at Thankfully Inspired, LLC is to provide exceptional services that inspire and empower the lives we touch while fostering a culture of growth and gratitude.

We fulfill our mission by: ​

  • Providing quality speech (articulation), language (receptive, expressive, and social communication), feeding and oral motor, and physical therapy evaluations and interventions to children and young adults (0-18) in-office and online (telepractice)

  • Collaborating with parents and/or caregivers.

  • Facilitating parent and caregiver training/courses that promote children’s language development during everyday activities.

  • Offering social communication groups to help children and young adults learn to communicate, develop new friendships, acquire problem-solving skills, gain control over their emotions, and pay attention to other people's points of view. 

  • Providing support groups to families with significant communication needs.

  • Investing in continued education and collaboration with other professionals. 

We believe that each child is unique and has their own set of strengths. In intervention, these strengths will be utilized to improve his or her weaknesses. Through the clinic, online, and in-home treatment options our services are convenient, collaborative, flexible, accommodating, and supportive. 

At Thankfully Inspired, LLC you can expect:

  • Continued Parent / Caregiver education and training.

  • Services are provided by a therapist who participates in continuing education and professional development.

  • An SLP or PT who will collaborate with all related disciplines to better support your child’s progress.

  • Recommendations specific to your child and refer to another provider if needed.

    • The goal is always progress and growth for your child. If your child needs more services than our therapists can provide more appropriate care will be recommended. 

Speech-Language 

Speech-language pathologists, also called SLPs, are experts in communication. 

SLPs work with people of all ages, from babies to adults. SLPs treat many types of communication and swallowing problems. These include problems with:

Speech sounds—how we say sounds and put sounds together into words. Other words for these problems are articulation or phonological disorders, apraxia of speech, or dysarthria.

Language—how well we understand what we hear or read and how we use words to tell others what we are thinking. In adults, this problem may be called aphasia.

Literacy—how well we read and write. People with speech and language disorders may also have trouble reading, spelling, and writing.

Social communication—how well we follow rules, like taking turns, talking to different people, or standing to someone when talking. This is also called pragmatics.

Voice—how our voices sound. We may sound hoarse, lose our voices quickly, talk too loudly or through our noses, or be unable to make sounds.

Fluency—also called stuttering, is how well speech flows. Someone who stutters may repeat sounds, like t-t-t-table, use "um" or "uh," or pause a lot when talking. Many young children will go through when they stutter, but most outgrow it.

Cognitive communication—how well our minds work. Problems may involve memory, attention, problem-solving, organization, and other thinking skills.

Feeding and swallowing—how well we suck, chew, and swallow food and liquid. A swallowing disorder may lead to poor nutrition, weight loss, and other health problems. This is also

called dysphagia.

Myofunctional Disorders- Children, teenagers, and adults may suffer from OMDs. OMDS may interfere with the normal growth and development of the muscles and bones of the face and mouth. OMDs may also interfere with how the face and mouth muscles are used for eating, talking, and breathing. People who have an OMD may also have problems with talking, swallowing, and breathing through their noses. Some children push out their tongues when they talk, drink, or eat. This is called tongue thrusting or fronting, and it is one type of OMD.

We complete a thorough evaluation to diagnose, create an individualized therapy plan, and to provide tools for improving your child's areas of need. 

 

Please ask to speak with a therapist if you would like a free 30-minute phone consultation regarding your concerns and would like to know if an evaluation is necessary. 

Works Cited

"Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders." American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/Orofacial-Myofunctional-Disorders/.

"Who Are Speech-Language Pathologists, and What Do They Do?" Asha.org, 2009, www.asha.org/public/Who-Are-Speech-Language-Pathologists/.

Pediatric speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat patients with:

  • Developmental Delay

  • Phonological Disorders

  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech

  • Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Dyslexia

  • Expressive language difficulties (using words and sentences to express thoughts

  • Language comprehension difficulties (understanding concepts or following directions)

  • Social Communication/Pragmatic Disorders

  • Stuttering/Fluency Disorders

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Neurological Disorders resulting in speech and language impairments

Physical Therapy

Pediatric physical therapists work with individuals with childhood-onset conditions across their lifespan who are experiencing illnesses, injuries, or conditions that limit their ability to move or participate in their daily life. Pediatric physical therapists work in collaboration with children and their families to provide services aimed at promoting a child’s maximal potential to function independently and participate actively in the home, school, and community.  Physical therapists have expertise in movement, motor development, and body function (eg, strength and endurance).

Please ask to speak with a therapist if you would like a free 30-minute phone consultation regarding your concerns and would like to know if an evaluation is necessary. 

Pediatric physical therapists evaluate and treat patients with:

  • Brain trauma and injuries

  • Cerebral palsy — a disorder affecting a child’s muscle tone, movement or posture

  • Developmental delays

  • Genetic syndromes — Down syndrome (which can cause developmental and intellectual delays) and muscular dystrophy (which can impact muscle mass and strength)

  • Chronic childhood conditions - hemophilia, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

  • Gross motor skills — deficits including muscle strength, coordination, and balance

  • Headaches

  • Hypertonia or hypotonia — abnormally high or weak muscle tone, respectively

  • Post-concussion symptoms — headaches, dizziness, and ringing in the ears

  • Post-fracture care

  • Spina bifida — a birth defect affecting the spinal cord

  • Pain or poor posture

  • Orthopedic disorders

  • Torticollis — a condition causing the head to twist to one side

  • High-risk infants

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child need speech?

We receive many phone calls and messages that begin with this question. That is why we offer a free 30-minute consultation. This provides you with an opportunity to meet a licensed speech-language pathologist and have your questions answered as soon as possible.

 

As a caregiver or parent, if you have any concerns regarding your child's speech and language do not hesitate to contact us. The earlier the intervention the better the outcome! Each child is unique and so is their development and plan of care.

 

At Thankfully Inspired, LLC you will get supportive, encouraging, and specialized interventions. We are grateful to support you on this journey.

What are the ages of the clients you may serve?

Thankfully Inspired is a pediatric practice that serves children of all ages from infants and toddlers up through young adults.  We also serve some adult clients with social communication disorders. 

My child did not qualify for speech therapy through the school or Early Intervention. Will he be eligible for private speech therapy?

Children must meet stringent criteria to be eligible for special education services (outlined by the Department of Education) or Early Intervention (outlined by the Department of Health & Human Services). Standardized test scores must fall at least 1.5 standard deviations below the mean scores (equivalent to a “severe” deficit or impairment), and there needs to be a significant social and/or educational impact. 

 

Scores in the area of communication are typically combined to be analyzed as one skill set that includes what the child is understanding as well as what he can express.  Children who demonstrate strong comprehension skills but poor expressive language often do not qualify for services.  Children who demonstrate articulation errors also may not be eligible if these errors are not considered to have a significant educational impact. 

 

Additionally, these systems are not equipped to serve students with mild to moderate impairments who may be struggling and who demonstrate a need for skilled intervention, which is one of the reasons Thankfully Inspired was founded!

What does a session look like? 

We believe that this collaboration with caregivers and education throughout the session are key ingredients to the child's success!  A wide range of fun and developmentally appropriate activities and games, toys, books, and software are utilized to motivate and facilitate your child's learning throughout the session.  A speech therapy session note and invoice are provided for each session.

How often will therapy happen? 

The unique needs of each individual are considered when recommending therapy.  Most children receive 1 - 2 sessions per week.   This may be subject to change based on the child's response to therapy.

What insurances do you accept? 

We are certified with TRICARE and an out-of-network provider with others.

 

For out-of-network patients, you are expected to pay for services at the time of service. We will provide, upon request, the appropriate documentation including a “superbill” or an itemized invoice with diagnosis and treatment codes that you may submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.  

 

Depending upon your health plan, your insurance carrier may reimburse some or all of the costs of services. We accept checking, ALL credit cards, and health savings account cards. 

Where Are Services Provided? 

We are currently providing hybrid treatment plans consisting of in-office and online intervention. If a child or anyone in the family has signs of illness all services will be completed online until individuals are symptom-free. 

Thankfully Inspired, LLC 2022