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Clarke Communication Services
Offering Speech, Feeding, Craniosacral and Orofacial Myology Treatment in a nurturing environment.
Nikki Clarke, M.S., CCC-SLP
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
for all ages
Clarke Communication Services is a privately owned speech therapy practice located in Central Maryland
Nikki Clarke has been practicing as a Speech-Language Pathologist for more than 25 years. She is a Maryland Licensed, ASHA certified Speech Pathologist and has formal training in Orofacial Myology.
Nikki prides herself in working very closely with families to achieve optimal results as quickly as possible. Caregivers and parents will learn techniques and strategies that they can integrate into their daily lives and implement immediately. Nikki's main goal is to provide the highest quality services that meet the needs of the entire family and help client's achieve maximum success.
Nikki offers myofascial release and craniosacral therapy to release tension patterns in the body and mouth, oral motor exercises, and sensory based approaches to treat feeding disorders, oral aversions, overactive gag reflexes and picky eating in infants & toddlers, and children of all ages
Nikki is trained in PROMPT, TalkTools Oral Placement Therapy, and Kaufman-Apraxia programs. Her training in Orofacial Myology is essential in remediating the R, S, Z, CH, J and SH sound errors (if your child has been in therapy for many years to remediate these sounds, he/she likely has a myofunctional disorder! This won't be corrected until underlying muscle dysfunction is corrected.)
The primary goals of OMT are to normalize resting postures of the lips, jaw and tongue, eliminate tongue thrust, and remediate speech sound dysfunction. However, OMT is also effective in preventing and correcting orthodontic relapse, enhancing proper craniofacial development, promoting healthy breathing, and improving overall feeding skills (to name a few).
Nikki is skilled at treating expressive and receptive language disorders across all ages. She implements alternative communication supports to support deficits in verbal communication. Nikki is neurodiversity affirming and prioritizes the sensory needs of all clients
Many tongue tie releases fail to achieve desired results because of a lack of attention to not only the tongue, but the tension patterns present in the entire body. The craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, and whole body stretching protocols Nikki provides & teaches pre- and post- tongue & lip tie releases help clients achieve best results.
Tonge & Lip Ties
Myofunctional therapy, craniosacral therapy, and myofascial release techniques are helpful in the treatment of airway dysfunction, however, structural problems with the airway and/or palate often require treatment from ENT's, Airway Centric Dentists and/or Orthodontists. Nikki provides referrals to providers as needed.
"Nikki helped me ease my discomfort in my jaw and fascial tension. She also took time to listen to me and see that I needed a frenectomy- which NO ONE in my whole 25 years of life realized. She supported me through the process and recovery and was flexible in how we met, seeing me both on Zoom and in-person depending on my location. I can't express how helpful and thoughtful Nikki is in her care. She also recommended alternative ways to ease tension in my body through different kinds of full-body movements. She also considers how gender, culture, and lifestyle impact our movements in tension. I feel lucky to have been able to have experienced her expertise and care!! She is THE BEST. Hands down."
Mrs. Clarke is the highest caliber clinician. I bring my son to her for speech therapy services and have been blown away by her clinical expertise and compassion. My son has progressed tremendously under her care. Our family is incredibly blessed to have met her and we are indebted to her for the skilled guidance she has provided our precious child. I recommend Mrs. Clarke highly for all my friends and family.
Hours of Operation
We are located at 1522 Liberty Road, Suite. Turn onto Longmeadow Drive, drive to the BACK of Harper's Appliances. We are the office on the far right.
Nikki is an in-network provider for Cigna, United Healthcare, Aetna, Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, and Medicaid insurances.