Alison Boorman-Sears

Calgary Childhood Apraxia

Credentials: M.Sc, SLp(c); Recognized by Apraxia Kids™ for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Hours of Operation: M-Th 9 am to 4 pm
Treatment locations: Office/Clinic
Address:
Calgary,

Overall Treatment Approach:
   I generally follow the guidelines of the Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing treatment model and principles of motor learning. With most children, I chose a very small number of functional targets to work on initially. I use a multi-sensory treatment approach to help the child with movement sequences for those targets. I ALWAYS ensure the child watches my face before attempting to imitate a target. If the child is unsuccessful with imitation, I use simultaneous production to help them follow the movement sequence along with me. The targets are practiced with a high frequency throughout speech sessions and parents and caregivers are given specific words to work on throughout he week and the strategies and techniques that were effective. I also incorporate prosody activities early on, even with children with minimal language. We target pitch, loudness, lexical stress and syllable stress.

Percent of CAS cases: 80

Parent Involvement:
   Parents attend most, if not all, therapy sessions. Parents play a large role in identifying functional and meaningful target words for their child. In the event that the parent did not attend we discuss the goal and strategies following the session and they are given targets words and functional contexts within which to work on them at home (i.e., the word "in" when throwing toys in the bathtub). Throughout treatment sessions, parents are able to observe me using strategies to help support the child's production of target words and to ask questions, and try the strategies themselves. Once each month I videotape a session and send it to the parent to track progress and review for strategies and techniques.

Parent Explanation:
   I usually explain that it is a disorder of MOVEMENT primarily, so that the articulators are not weak and there is generally no pattern to the errors. It is a disorder of the motor planning meaning that the message of what the child wants, to say cannot effectively be sent to the tongue, lips and jaw making production difficult and inconsistencies common. I often like it to a short in a wire, where the lightbulb sometimes turns on and sometimes doesn't. I also often make an analogy to learning other motor tasks such as learning to play tennis and how the movement is critical to the performance.

Community Involvement:
   I have provided workshops and training throughout Alberta and British Columbia. I serve as a consultant within Calgary to SLPs who are challenged with a CAS child on their caseload and need some support to develop goals and strategies. I am involves with our local parent group (Calgary Apraxia Parent Exchange) and I have recently run an Apraxia summer camp.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 2

Insurance Accepted: Yes