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The Speech Network Pediatric Feeding & Orofacial Myology Clinic provides speech, language, feeding, occupational therapy, nutrition and orofacial myofunctional services from infancy through adulthood. Our team is committed to lifelong learning in order to provide very specialized services that help create happy, healthy, and thriving lives for our patients.
Our services are individualized for each patient depending on areas of need including:
- Feeding Difficulties
- Sensory System Development and Integration
- Gross and Fine Motor Skills
- Reflex Integration
- Visual-Perceptual Skills
- Speech Sound Disorders
- Receptive/Expressive Language Disorder
- Late Talking Toddlers
- Delayed Milestones
- Apraxia of Speech
- Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders
- Parafunctional Habits (thumb/finger/cheek/tongue sucking, nail biting, prolonged pacifier/bottle/sippy cup use)
- Low/Forward Tongue Resting Posture
- Lips Apart Posture
- Mouth Breathing
- Forward Lingual Movement Patterns (often described as “tongue thrust”)
- Underdeveloped Mastication and Deglutition
Who are our therapists?
Our speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists have specialized training in the areas of pediatric feeding disorders and orofacial myofunctional disorder. With this additional area of specialty, our therapists are prepared to address orofacial difficulties that impact feeding, swallowing, and speech sound production from breast and bottle feeding, transitions to solids, tube to oral feed transitions, selective/restricted diet and weight gain concerns to maladaptive oral phase feeding function and breathing patterns in adulthood related to restricted or impaired oral function patterns.
Amanda Moore Chastain, MA, CCC-SLP, COM
Pediatric Speech and Feeding Therapist, Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM), Certified TummyTime! TM Method Instructor
Amanda is a Kentucky licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who holds the Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is also a Certified Orofacial Myologist through the International Association of Orofacial Myology, providing very specialized services for infant and toddler feeding, digit sucking elimination, tongue resting posture therapy, and oral phase swallow remediation. Amanda is the founder and director of The Speech Network, Inc., which started as a California certified non-public agency collaborating with local school districts and regional centers to provide speech and language services for educational and early intervention teams that assess, diagnose, and treat children with disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, Developmental Delays, and general Articulation or Communication Disorders. Because Amanda believes in being an active learner, the vision and goals of The Speech Network are always expanding and being refined to meet the ever-changing needs of the pediatric population leading to focused interventions for pediatric feeding and orofacial myofunctional disorders.
Amanda’s professional education and development was specifically targeted toward the pediatric population from the time she entered the Communication Disorders Program at the University of Kentucky. She received a minor in Family Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Kentucky in 2002. Continued focus on childhood communication disorders in her clinical experiences throughout her Master’s Program at the University of Cincinnati increased her knowledge and passion for working with children with communication difficulties, which she completed in 2004. Amanda had the unique opportunity of participating in a multidisciplinary internship at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the Department of Developmental Disabilities (now the Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics) and has since used these skills to interact with families and professionals throughout the early intervention process to ensure that these children received optimal services by incorporating a multidisciplinary integrated team approach to care.
Amanda’s intensive coursework and continuing education in the area of Orofacial Myofunctional Treatment lead to her focused area of specialty that addresses thumb suckers, “tongue thrusters”, open mouth postures, and other orofacial difficulties in children and adults. She is currently the Vice President of the International Association of Orofacial Myology, teaches an IAOM approved allied health course entitled “Integrated Team Approach to Orofacial Myology”, and teaches “Guided Oral Movements with Active Patterning (GoMAP) for Infant and Toddler Feeding”.
Jenna Johnson, MCD, CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech and Feeding Therapist, Orofacial Myologist (IAOM Certification Track)
Jenna is a Kentucky licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in early intervention treatments with specific interest and experience in feeding and oral dysphagia. Jenna has worked for more than 7 years as a feeding therapist, specializing in motor, sensory, and behaviorally based pediatric feeding disorders, including transitions from g-tubes. Jenna is certified in the SOS approach to feeding, VitalStim therapy, and the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol. She has completed extensive training in orofacial myology as well. Jenna also enjoys working with children with delayed phonological awareness skills and difficulty with reading. Jenna is trained in the Orton Gillingham approach to reading and enjoys applying the multi-sensory approach to learning letters, letter sounds and reading.
Megan Rowe, MA, CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech and Feeding Therapist
Megan is a Kentucky licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist with specific focus in toddler and childhood speech-language disorders and feeding difficulties. She incorporates traditional speech intervention strategies with specialized programs to ensure optimal outcomes and creates a positive learning environment for all her patients.
Emily Stanley, MA, CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech and Feeding Therapist, Orofacial Myologist (IAOM Certification Track), Certified TummyTime! TM Method Instructor
Emily is a Kentucky licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist who has completed extensive training in infant and toddler feeding, orofacial myology, and is a certified instructor for the TummyTime! TM Method. Her passion for helping Mom’s and babies bond through early feeding success is incorporated into her care programs. She is also currently supervising a graduate level clinician from the University of Kentucky fueled by her love of the profession and impact it can have on the health and wellness of her patients.
Hannah Schlaak, MS, CF-SLP
Pediatric Speech and Feeding Therapist
Hannah holds an interim Kentucky license in Speech-Language Pathology as she completes her Clinical Fellowship Year. She has additional training in reading and infant and toddler feeding with hands on training for orofacial myofunctional intervention. Her passion for working with children and adults stems from clinical experience in feeding programs, school-based programs, and hospital intervention philosophies.
Heather Roach, OTRL, CIMI
Occupational Therapist and Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Heather is a Kentucky licensed and registered Occupational Therapist with specialized training in feeding disorders from infancy forward. She is SOS trained, incorporates reflex integration and sensory system development into her care programs, and successfully guides transitions from tube to oral feeds. She is a certified infant massage instructor, teaching parents specific massage strategies to address digestion, regulation, and sensory system development. Her collaborative work with our speech-language pathologists creates a foundation for optimal change for children with feeding difficulties. She is able to address torticollis, plagiocephaly, underdeveloped motor movement patterns for rolling, crawling, crossing midline, and more to ensure the body is ready to gain better overall function during treatment.
Dana is our practice manager and completes all medical billing, intake, and assists with scheduling, communication, and timely documentation. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience with medical billing making initial intake, insurance authorizations, and pre-certifications as easy for families as possible. She is able to answer questions about billing, statements, and authorizations as well as help families with questions related to our areas of specialty. Our clinic is able to function well because she is masterfully handling all of these areas allowing our therapists to focus on outstanding patient care.