Alison McDonald

McDonald Speech & Language

Credentials: MA CCC-SLP
Hours of Operation: 9am-6pm
Treatment locations: Home
427 E Indiana St
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Phone: (630) 234-7894

Overall Treatment Approach:
   For children with apraxia of speech, I recommend frequent and intense individualized therapy sessions (2-3 days per week, 30-45 minute sessions). Emphasis is placed on motor planning, including repetitive planning, programming, and production practice for more intelligible speech. I try to obtain as many correct productions as possible of a single syllable/word/phrase as possible within each therapy session. Alternative augmentative communication devices may be used in conjunction with speech production to ease the frustration of the child until he/she becomes more intelligible. Appropriate prosody is incorporated into each therapy target. I incorporate the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol and Moving Across Syllables materials along with multi-sensory cueing methods into therapy sessions.

Percent of CAS cases: 10

Parent Involvement:
   Parents are encouraged to observe all therapy sessions and attempt therapeutic techniques at the end of the session (if client has achieved success during the session with speech targets). Homework and suggested activities are given to aid in generalization at home.

Community Involvement:
   I have attended continuing education seminars and worked with several families in the community whose children have CAS.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 2

Max Age Treated:

Insurance Accepted: Yes