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Business Name: Mandy Heilers, MS CCC-SLP

Address::
909 Smallwood Ave.
McKinney, Texas 75070

Phone Number: (214) 674-9644

Email Address: amanda_heilers@yahoo.com

Describe treatment approach used: When treating a child with CAS, I incorporate the Principles of Motor Learning, focusing on the movement gestures for a specific list of target words (chosen by me with input by the parents). I use Dr. Edythe Strand's Dynamic Tactile Temporal Cueing (DTTC) with the child face-to-face with me while we produce the target words simultaneously in the beginning, repeating the word 3-5 times (again, depending on the child's current abilities) and then providing a reinforcer or reward. As the child masters the words on the list, we move to random practice with direct imitation rather than simultaneous production. I always provide specific feedback to the child so they know what they are doing successfully. If the movement for the word is difficult, I increase the amount of support I am providing through simultaneous production and/or additional cueing with my hands and at times, touching the child's face to help them achieve the correct movements accurately.

Describe parent/caregiver involvement: Parents are encouraged to observe all evaluations and therapy sessions. As words on the stimuli list become mastered, the family is invited to practice the words at home. Additional "homework" will be provided for the time in-between visits, as necessary.

Describe your past and current involvement in the Apraxia community​?​ I am currently a part of several Facebook groups that support parents in our community with CAS. Through the intensive workshop that I attended, I am a part of a network of professionals that share and collaborate with each other to help children and families.

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

Age range​ treated?​ 2 years to 18 years

Hours of operation: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; M - F
Saturdays available on request

Locations where​ treatment ​is ​provided? Office/Clinic, Home, Daycare

Insurance accepted? No

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