Our Practice

Jennifer P. Hoskins, MS, CCC-SLP, founded Alphabet Soup, Inc. in 2007. Based in Rhode Island, Alphabet Soup specializes in treating children with:

  • Speech disorders
  • Language disorders
  • Feeding disorders
  • Sensory disorders
  • Motor disorders

Jennifer P. Hoskins has over 18 years of experience in treating speech and feeding disorders. Our team’s experience is just one reason we’re Rhode Island’s premier pediatric therapy practice. Our team cares deeply about your child’s well-being. We have a personal stake in your child’s success—every win for them is a win for us, too.

Because we know your child’s health and well-being matter the most, Alphabet Soup believes in rigorous training, supervision, and continuing education. Jennifer personally trains and supervises all therapists at Alphabet Soup, ensuring the consistency of care necessary to help your child succeed.

Our therapists specialize in:

  • Speech therapy
  • Feeding Therapy
  • Occupational therapy

… to improve how your child experiences the world.

Our Clinical Approaches

The therapists at Alphabet Soup know that progress should happen outside the walls of therapy, too. That’s why our clinical approach incorporates therapeutic elements into daily activities. That means your child can put the skills learned at Alphabet soup into practice at home.

Our clinical approach is designed with real life in mind. Your child’s progress has a big impact on the family. That’s why we invite parents to be present during your child’s therapy. If it isn’t ideal for a parent to be present, our therapists provide ongoing consultations and reports of your child’s progress.

 

Alphabet Soup uses the following approaches in our practice:

Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT)

All Alphabet Soup therapists are PROMPT certified. The PROMPT approach uses tactile cues to shape sounds and movement. This is very beneficial for children with motor planning challenges.

Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS)

In a specific, step-by-step approach, our therapists use SOS to teach your child how to eat. The SOS approach lets your child lead with their comfort level so they can learn about food in a supportive, non-stressful way.

SOS uses a 32-step process for each food presented to your child. We start with tolerating being physically in the room with food. Next is touching or smelling the food. Finally, the process ends when your child can put a certain food in their mouth, chew, and swallow.

Food chaining

This process is beneficial when a child needs to progress away from preferred foods or embrace new foods. Alphabet Soup uses food chaining to link and rate your child’s foods. We work with your child to rate foods by texture, flavor, color, smell, and shape to understand your child’s food habits.

Sensory Motor Approach

The Sensory Motor Approach gives your child the necessary skills to try new foods. With this approach, a therapist works with your child to identify the sensory and motor components of eating.

The sensory component helps your child see, smell, touch, and taste new foods. The motor component teaches grading and dissociation of the jaw, lips, and tongue for feeding.

We start by teaching motor skills, focusing on non-food items first. From there, we progress to your child’s preferred foods, then sensory-motor components, and ending with new or non-preferred foods.

Sounds In Motion (SIM)

We find that pairing motor movements with sounds is very motivating for young children. Alphabet Soup uses SIM to help children with their receptive and expressive language skills.

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Contact Alphabet SoupCall (401) 284-8198