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Business Name: Let's Talk! Speech and Language Services

Address::
360 5th Avenue Northwest
Moose Jaw, S6H 2S6

Phone Number: (306) 216-6169

Email Address: Shay@letstalkspeechlanguage.ca

Website: http://www.letstalkspeechlanguage.ca

Describe treatment approach used: I typically use a combination of treatment techniques. I often use the Kaufman Kits in combination with other approaches. I complete drill work (e.g., using the Kaufman kit cards) in combination with play based functional treatment (e.g., having the request "I want to eat two cookies". I teach the child appropriate word approximations that allow them to communicate in a functional way. I focus on increasing the child's phonetic inventory while using those phonemes within different vowel-consonant combinations. I progress the child to phrases and sentences as quickly as possible. In combination with the Kaufman Approach I also use other cues/approaches such as PROMPT, hand cues, immediate feedback, and simultaneous speech. I fade cueing as soon as possible so that the child is producing the word/phrase independently. Treatment sessions provide intensive practice of phonemes/words/phrases so that the child is producing as many trials as possible. I also incorporate language goals into our sessions as well (e.g., saying basic concept words such as up, down, colours, etc.) to ensure the child can be the best communicator they can be. If appropriate, I will also work on using AAC with the child. I work closely with the child's parents so they can continue to make progress at home.

Describe parent/caregiver involvement: Parents always attend therapy sessions. I typically have the parent just observe to begin with. Once the parent has seen me work with the child for a while I will have the parent join in on our session. I will instruct the parent on how to play with their child in a way that will provide many opportunities to practice speech targets. I provide them with feedback during that time telling them what to do differently and what they are doing well. At the end of each session I provide them with opportunity to ask questions and I discuss what we did, and what they can continue to do until the next therapy session. I provide them with ideas how they can incorporate speech practice into every day activities and provide them with opportunity charts to track practice if appropriate.

Describe your past and current involvement in the Apraxia community​?​ I have not been incredibly involved in the apraxia community as of yet. I opened my private practice a year and a half ago and since then have seen a huge increase in children with apraxia on my caseload. Since this increase, apraxia has become a huge interest of mine and I love working with the families that I have so far. In the past I have given presentations to parents and teachers/special needs educators within the school division about what apraxia is, what treatment is like, and how apraxia can effect a child within the educational system. I am currently planning to do a fundraiser and would also love to coordinate a walk within our community as there are many children with apraxia but not a lot of awareness of what apraxia is.

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

Age range​ treated?​ 1.5 years years to Adult years

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM -6:00 PM

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

Insurance accepted? No

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