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Business Name: Emerge Center for Communication, Behavior, and Development

Address::
7784 Innovation Park Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70820

Phone Number: (225) 663-6985

Email Address: msprunger@emergela.org

Website: http://www.emergela.org

Describe treatment approach used: I use a multi-sensory approach incorporating principles of motor learning. The therapy sessions will necessarily include a great deal of repetition and practice, but I attempt to keep the therapy sessions fun, functional, and fast-moving, embedding the repetition into playful activities in order to motivate the child, but keeping the therapy direct and focused. Each child's unique personality informs my approach, which is always eclectic, pulling from specific programs and my own experience to find those techniques that work best for a given child. Cueing and prompting are provided when needed and faded as the child develops some independence, naturally bringing cues in and out of use based on the complexity of the task and the performance of the child. Language skills are addressed hand-in-hand with speech, with emphasis on building functional communication abilities. A total communication approach is used from the very beginning, with early introduction of manual signs and/or other augmentative communication modalities as needed.

Describe parent/caregiver involvement: I incorporate parents into the sessions in a variety of ways, including direct observation (either present in the room or through a one-way mirror), listening in to the sessions (by phone or Skype), or intermittent parent participation in sessions. When this is not possible, we may choose to communicate via notebook or e-mail. Video clips are also used to demonstrate techniques or progress.

Describe your past and current involvement in the Apraxia community​?​ Over the past 10 years, I have supervised many graduate and undergraduate clinical students, sharing my expertise and helping to build their understanding and skills in the area of CAS. In 2012, I was privileged to participate in CASANA's Intensive Training Institute ("Apraxia Bootcamp"), which furthered my resolve to share my knowledge with the local and regional apraxia community. Since that time, I have given presentations to both professionals and parents and provided consults to families and therapists in the surrounding areas. Now, as the director of a staff of 15 SLP's, I collaborate with younger professionals on my team, helping to build their skills and expertise in the area of CAS. Together, we provide unique programming for children with CAS, support the families with ongoing education, and provide support and resources to benefit the local Walk for Apraxia each year.

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

Age range​ treated?​ 18 months years to 10 years

Hours of operation: 8:00 -5:00 M-F

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

Insurance accepted? Yes

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