Bree Kusz

Bree Kusz

Credentials: MA CCC-SLP
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8-5
Treatment locations: Home|Other
5412 West Lake Shore Drive
Wonder Lake, Illinois 60097
Phone: (815) 669-9491

Overall Treatment Approach:
   Best practice states shorter practices more often leads to the best outcomes for these children. Together with parents, I typically select a small set of functional vocabulary (keeping in mind sounds and shapes the child has and needs) to target and maximize repetitions for success. Once the child becomes somewhat independently successful, home programming is implemented. When possible, parents are able to watch therapy to learn which cues their child needs to be successful, and know what to do to improve productions at home. When mastery occurs, new targets are selected in order to continue the child's growth.

Percent of CAS cases: 8

Parent Involvement:
   For children I see in their homes, parents are an active part of therapy sessions (for as long as behavior allows). By participating in therapy, they get practice using the cues and techniques practiced in order to feel confident when using these strategies at home. I review the specific strategies that appear to help their children at the beginning or end of the session, as well as what level of support they need to be successful. Parents are integral in helping select target words that would maximize the success of their child throughout their day. For children I see in school, parent involvement depends greatly on the parents schedule. When possible I have parents in to observe therapy, discuss cuing, and brainstorm carryover at home. When it is not possible for the parent to come in, developing targets and brainstorming carryover is done over the phone in addition to updates on progress.

Community Involvement:
   I am just getting started in the Apraxia community, but I am a snowball that has turned into an avalanche. I am deeply passionate about these children, specifically those who are right at the beginning of their Apraxia journey. I love the gains and progress possible with therapy, and will be getting more involved in the community throughout the next couple years. My career goal is to improve the understanding and treatment of Apraxia In young children through research and the education of other SLPs.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

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Insurance Accepted: Yes