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Business Name: Children's Therapy Team

Address::
103 SE 22nd Street
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

Phone Number: (479) 254-4044

Email Address: mandy.heitz11@gmail.com

Website: http://www.childrenstherapyteam.com/

Describe treatment approach used: I follow the Dynamic Temporal Tactile Cueing (DTTC) approach. I select target words that are stimulable and functional for the child. Each word we work on in the four stages: Simultaneous Production, Direct Imitation, Delayed Imitation, and Spontaneous Production. I use hand and verbal cues heavily at the beginning but fade them out as success of production becomes evident. I bring the cues back in whenever I observe a regression. I only work on a specific set of words and/or phrases at a time and probe those periodically throughout treatment. We do several modified blocked practices so as to ensure several trials of target words. To help with generalization I occasionally randomize the trials.

Describe parent/caregiver involvement: Parents and I discuss possible, functional words to address in therapy as new sets of words are needed. I also demonstrate to parents how to use hand cues when working on speech at home. We discuss the four stages of DTTC and I update them as words progress through the four stages, particularly when words are supposed to be addressed spontaneously.

Describe your past and current involvement in the Apraxia community​?​ Primarily, I have been involved in the Apraxia community through the children with CAS who I treat. I educate parents on the disorder and how research shows what kind of therapy is most successful. I also participated in a workshop by Dr. Edythe Strand which has allowed me to stay in touch with other speech therapists who work with children with CAS. Upon completing this workshop, I gave a presentation on DTTC to other speech therapists at the school district where I was working during that time.

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

Age range​ treated?​ 2 years years to 12 years years

Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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

Insurance accepted? Yes

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