Ashley Monks

McAlester RiteCare Clinic

Credentials: M.S., CCC-SLP; Recognized by Apraxia Kids™ for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Treatment locations: Office/Clinic
1415 Wade Watts Ave P.O. Box 651
McAlester, Oklahoma 74501
Phone: (918) 426-2300

Overall Treatment Approach:
   I use a combination of therapy approaches for the children I treat with CAS. I rely on the principles of motor learning to structure my session in regards to massed/distributed, blocked/random, etc. I use a multisensory approach so that I can give the child visual, verbal, and tactile cues to be successful with speech movements. I like to incorporate prosodic facilitation treatment methods early in treatment. I use Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing method to add or fade auditory, visual, and tactile cues as needed for each child's level. I use the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol for children who need word approximations as their initial speech goals and for those children that don't have parents that play an active role in identifying target words for their child.

Percent of CAS cases: 22

Parent Involvement:
   Some parents participate during the therapy session and use the cues and therapy techniques that I model for them. Parents are always welcome to sit in the observation room to view each therapy session. If the parents do not actively participate in the therapy session, then I take 10-15 minutes after each session to explain how the child did on his/her target words and what cues were needed to obtain success. I encourage parents to actively assess what important words would serve as motivating target words and urge them to contact me via phone, text, or email at anytime so that we are always prepared to choose target words that are most meaningful to their child. I keep an ongoing list of mastered, current, and future words.

Community Involvement:
   I completed the Apraxia Kids intensive training in 2014. I have peer-reviewed webinars that related to Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I have been asked to speak publicly to several community organizations to explain CAS. I took part in Apraxia Awareness Day that was established in our community. I have donated and participated in the local Apraxia Walk. I attend IEP meetings in the schools to help other professionals determine what are appropriate goals for the child with CAS. I attend the Apraxia Kids conference in 2015 and served in the "SLP Is In Booth." I had the opportunity to present at the national conference for CAS in 2016. The topic of my session was Preparing for Reading Success: Strategies to Foster Emergent Literacy Skills.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 18-months

Max Age Treated:

Insurance Accepted: No