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Business Name: Rickman Speech Language Services

Address::
14 S. Locust St.
Dexter, Missouri 63841

Phone Number: (573) 820-2144

Email Address: rickman.speech.322@gmail.com

Describe treatment approach used: When possible, I recommend short frequent therapy sessions. I spend time with the child and the family to determine what the child's interests are and then do my best to incorporate those interests into the therapy targets. If the child has no functional communication, the family and I will work to create some method of communication for that child. This may include sign language, picture communication, augmentative communication apps, or a combination of methods. At the same time that we are helping that child be able to communicate his/her wants and needs, we also begin to work on improving motor planning for speech.

Therapy will begin at the level at which the child can be most successful. If that is at the vowel level, then the child will be taught to use those vowels to approximate the target word. The family will be taught as well to praise these word approximations. Consonant sounds will be probed and the work will begin to combine consonants with vowels to produce closer approximations of the target words. Cueing will be used as needed and may include visual, verbal and/or tactile cueing.

Describe parent/caregiver involvement: Most of the children that I work with are in the birth - 3 population. It is imperative that the child's parents be involved in all aspects of the therapy. I ask parents to sit in for all therapy sessions and give specific recommendations for how they can help their child continue to work on improving their speech between therapy sessions.

Describe your past and current involvement in the Apraxia community​?​ I have not been involved in the apraxia community. I do refer families of children with apraxia or suspected apraxia to this website.

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

Age range​ treated?​ birth years to 8 years

Hours of operation: Monday - Friday; 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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

Insurance accepted? Yes

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