Deborah Scarlett

Daniel Island Speech Therapy

Credentials: CCC-SLP
Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 9-6
Treatment locations: Office/Clinic
1444 Willtown Street
Daniel Island, South Carolina 29492
Phone: (843) 410-8262

Overall Treatment Approach:
   A treatment approach for children with CAS is one that includes intensive therapy and parental involvement. Depending on the level of a child’s functioning, therapy may begin by having the child imitate large body movements, then smaller body movements, then movements specific to the speech mechanism. The child may need to be taught functional sounds ‘mmmm’ for yummy or ‘uh oh’ for oops. Special attention needs to be placed on having the child look at the speaker’s face to gain visual input. Practice with specific sounds needs to begin by imitation or having the speech pathologist help “shape” the sound using manual, visual, and verbal stimulation. Then syllable shapes need to be taught: consonant-vowel; vowel-consonant, consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel; and consonant-vowel-consonant. A young child may be taught to say ‘hi’, ‘bye’, ‘no’, ‘up’, ‘go’, ‘eat’, ‘mama’ for mom, ‘nana’ for banana, ‘dada’ for daddy. As therapy progresses, the number of vocalizations needs to increase as well as the functionality of the vocalizations (i.e. words used in the home). Therapy for children with CAS may take several years depending on the intensity as well as the consistency of therapy in addition to the child’s motivation.

Percent of CAS cases: 20

Parent Involvement:
   When possible, parents are encouraged to sit in the therapy session, observe the therapist, and participate in the activities. Follow up activities are suggested with materials provided for home.

Community Involvement:
   37 years in the public schools 3 years in private practice serving the pediatric population

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 2,5

Max Age Treated:

Insurance Accepted: No