Speech and Occupational Therapy in Gunnison and Crested Butte
At Gunnison Valley Health our Pediatric Therapy Department includes
occupational therapy services. Our team focuses on child-centered treatment with an
emphasis on collaboration with caregivers, family members, educators,
coaches, daycare providers, and others influential in your child's
life. Our sensory gym includes swings, a ball pit, and educational and
developmentally stimulating toys for optimum pediatric care. This is a
fun and nurturing place where your child can safely explore, learn, and
challenge themselves in order to overcome difficulties and make developmental gains.
Pediatric Speech Therapy in Gunnison and Crested Butte
GVH Pediatric Speech Therapy includes, but is not limited to:
- Apraxia of Speech
- Auditory Processing Disorder
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Cleft Lip/Palate
- Concussion Recovery
- Expressive Language Disorder
- Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
- Reading Difficulties
- Receptive Language Disorder
- Social Pragmatic Skills
- Speech Sound Disorders
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Voice and Resonance Disorders
LSVT LOUD program is available for children with voice concerns related to cerebral palsy
or Down Syndrome.
We work in conjunction with speech, physical, and occupational therapists
in the local school system to address issues that affect not only academic
work but also social and emotional wellbeing.
Pediatric Occupational Therapy in Gunnison and Crested Butte
Our Pediatric Occupational Therapy team is dedicated to providing your
child with the training and tools needed to perform daily tasks. From
self-care to social skills, our team works with you and your child to
ensure that they are experiencing their world as richly and fully as possible.
Our Pediatric Occupational Therapy orderings include, but are not limited to:
- Daily Self-Care Skills
- Self-Regulation Skills
- Gross Motor Play and Function
- Fine Motor Play and Function
- Handwriting Deficits
- Social/Behavioral Skills
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Sensory Processing Disorders
- Developmental Delays
- Feeding and Swallowing Difficulties
Gunnison Valley Health Rehabilitation and Athletic Medicine Services
– Pediatric Therapy –
711 N. Taylor St. | Gunnison CO, 81230 | (970) 641-7248
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I be concerned about my child’s communication development?
A 9 month old child who is not responding to sounds, alerting to his/her
name, showing comprehension of simple words, or pointing to call attention
to interesting objects, may be showing early signs of a hearing loss or
language delay. Other general guidelines:
- First Words by 12-15 months
- Frequent Two-Word Combinations Heard by 21-24 months
- Frequent Three-Word Combinations Heard by 36 months
- Intelligible speech in conversation 90% of the time by age 4 years
- Grammatically complete sentences most of the time by kindergarten age
What can I do at home to help my younger child’s speech-language
Repetition, offering choices, slowing down, and simplifying your language
are just a few tips for increasing language understanding and production.
Try not to overuse questions to get your young child to talk, but rather
model comments about events happening around you. Try to avoid rapid and
lengthy speaking turns, and encourage turn-taking with communication and
play. Praise and encourage your child’s efforts to communicate using
all possible means: gestures, pointing, gaze, and verbal attempts.
My child is older and already has had some testing and speech therapy.
Do I need to start with another full evaluation?
Usually, the SLP will prefer to complete either formal or informal testing
during the initial visit. The initial visit will be scheduled to meet
with you, your child, and to review reports provided (usually lasting
at least 45 minutes to an hour). At that time, we will determine whether
additional testing is needed, and what course of treatment is recommended.
The SLP may also provide you with strategies to begin practicing in the home.
How can a Speech Therapist help with picky eating, swallowing, and other
Speech therapists can help children expand the variety of foods that they
are willing and able to accept through sensory play, parent education
and oral-motor exercises. They also provide exercises, diet modifications,
and compensatory strategies for children who have difficulty swallowing.
Some children may experience extreme picky eating, sensory aversions,
or oral-motor difficulties that impact their ability to enjoy mealtimes
with the family. Speech therapists can also help your family implement
mealtime schedules or suggest feeding tools that your child may need to
My school district is doing speech therapy online only at this time, is
that the case for GVH?
Our SLPs are providing in-person sessions as well as teletherapy sessions.
We take every precaution possible to keep our space clean and keep your
child safe during their session. If you are uncomfortable with in-person
sessions or live far away, teletherapy is always available to you.
How long will speech therapy take before my child catches up to his or
This depends on many factors such as: severity of the disorder, student
cooperation, motivation, and readiness to learn. Family involvement during
sessions as well as implementing home practice is something we highly
encourage. It is important to remember that each child has their own unique
path with their speech, language and feeding development.
How many times per week should my child attend speech therapy?
Most children are seen in our clinic one to two times per week. More intensive
schedules are occasionally implemented as needed.
What are your hours of operation?
Our GVH therapists see children Monday-Friday; Therapy sessions are typically
scheduled for 45 minutes to 1 hour each, between 730 AM to 6 PM.
Can I observe therapy sessions?
Parent participation in therapy sessions is highly encouraged. Our therapists
believe that greater progress is seen when parents are involved and take
home the strategies learned during speech sessions.
Do you provide written reports of my child’s progress?
Written reports can be provided to you upon request. Our therapists are
happy to discuss progress during each session as well.
Will my insurance cover the cost of therapy?
We accept all insurances for our speech and occupational therapy. It is
important to always check with your insurance provider regarding any hospital
services you receive. We also have funding available for families who
do not have insurance.
Do you have a waiting list? How long does it take to get an appointment?
We often experience a high demand for after-school appointments between
3-6 PM. However, our therapists are always willing to work with you to
see your child as soon as possible. Morning sessions are always a possibility
as well. Our therapists can also see your child at his/her daycare.
Do you see children for therapy in Crested Butte as well?
Our therapists travel to many preschools in the Crested Butte area. They
are also able to see children in the GVH Physical Therapy Crested Butte
space as needed.