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Business Name: Akron Children's Hospital

Address::
One Perkins Square
Akron, Ohio 44308

Phone Number: (330) 543-8264

Email Address: klautenbach@chmca.org

Website: http://www.akronchildrens.org

Describe treatment approach used: I consider the use of Augmentative-Alternative Communication early on in the process and implement it as soon as possible if appropriate. I like for the children to feel that they have a successful way to communicate while we work on the speech production targets. This reduces frustration for both the child and the parents. Our facility is working on ways to provide more frequent treatment sessions weekly for these patients in a manner that maximizes their insurance coverage.

Describe parent/caregiver involvement: Parents are involved every step of the way, particularly at the beginning of treatment. I want them to understand the goals we are addressing so that we are "on the same page" about the child's progress. I think it can be challenging, but helpful, for parents to see just how difficult it can be for their child and how frustrating it can be to have trouble communicating efficiently. I love for parents to see how successful their children can be when they are provided with the appropriate treatment! It is empowering for child and parent.

Describe your past and current involvement in the Apraxia community​?​ I am a relatively new clinician and look forward to more involvement in the apraxia community. Our facility provides more information to parents on Apraxia Awareness Day to spread the word about this topic. Our facility treats many patients with CAS and I enjoy supporting the patients and their families in my role.

Do you provide consultation/collaboration with other professionals (for example, ​​attending IEP meetings, co treating, etc.) Yes

Age range​ treated?​ 3 years to Adult years

Hours of operation: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, M-F

Locations where​ treatment ​is ​provided? Office/Clinic

Insurance accepted? Yes

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