Heather Bersuch

Heather Bersuch, Private Practice

Credentials: M..S, CCC-SLP; Recognized by Apraxia Kids™ for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Hours of Operation: Currently available for consultation and services between 4:30-8:30 pm most weekday evenings and some weekend hours by appointment.
Treatment locations: Home|Daycare
313 SE Gingerbread Ln
Blue Springs, Missouri 64014
Phone: (816) 547-7366
Email: Bersuchg1@gmail.com

Overall Treatment Approach:
   Treatment generally starts with functional and relevant words in the child's environment that could include sounds/sequences the child is able to produce. Hand signals are used during therapy to help train the child to use correct oral structure placement for sound productions. Simultaneous production, immediate feedback, and blocked and random practice are important for success early in therapy. Parent involvement and 'homework' are essential for success and carryover/generalization in everyday situations. AAC and/or sign language is encouraged as needed for immediate communication gratification until spoken words can replace the alternative devices.

Percent of CAS cases: 10

Parent Involvement:
   Parents are encouraged to watch and engage, as appropriate, during therapy sessions. Session goals for the day will be discussed at the end of the session with 'homework' presented for consistent productions when therapy is not occurring. If the parent is unable to attend, video chatting, video taping of sessions, and notes are used to communicate progress and expectations for homework. Any successful hand cues, prompts, and signals will be shared and taught as needed toco to he success of the productions by the child.

Community Involvement:
   In the past, I had a team formed to support the Walk for Apraxia held in Independence, Missouri. Most recently, plans are being made to form another team and provide assistance in helping execute the next walk in the Kansas City area. Other plans are in the long term goals to help bring more awareness and support to families who are experiencing CAS in their lives.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 1 1/2

Max Age Treated:

Insurance Accepted: No