13 Jan Barbara Weber
Posted at 17:01h in Uncategorized
Credentials: M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA
Hours of Operation: Full time, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Treatment locations: Home
Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033
Overall Treatment Approach:
My overall treatment approach to kids with CAS is to carefully select goals and targets based on articulatory movements and sequences that begin with basic targets and build in complexity over time. My focus is on speech movement patterns and often incorporate early developmental targets, for example, early developing sounds if the child can make them and early developing syllable shapes, however, I would not limit target selection to early sounds, as I have many children who can do later developing sounds while still being unable to make earlier developing sounds. I use multimodality stimuli where needed and fade prompts and cues as quickly as possible. I build in practice according to motor learning theory recommendations.
Percent of CAS cases: 10
Parents are involved in practicing within daily routines, informing important speech targets (functional and important words within the family and the family's routines), and being coached on ways to help the child. I rely on them for feedback as to how the week went, evaluation of our targets, how well things are working and to partner with me in working with the child.
I tell the parents that the child has difficulty with volitional control of speech, which means that it is hard for the child to make a motor plan to make sounds, and to move their mouth across sounds within words, and that the child needs to practice so that the child can make more sounds and add more sounds to words. I stay very simple. I don't use big words. Parents go on the internet and Facebook groups and usually have questions already formulated. I say that the mouth cannot always easily read the messages from the brain, and that nothing is wrong with the brain or the mouth, and that we will work on getting the brain's messages to the mouth. I tell them that we have to practice and that we will be working together to help the child practice in words that are important to the child and the family. I stay optimistic and upbeat but pragmatic and factual.
I take many webinars and keep current by attending ASHA. In Hershey, I have presented at the parent group and I always donate to the walks. I often stay in touch with the families I have worked with and am always available to answer questions and talk with former clients.
Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes
Min Age Treated: 18 months
Insurance Accepted: No