Heidi Haas

Capital Area Intermediate Unit

Credentials: MS., CCC-SLP/L
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday; 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Treatment locations: Office/Clinic|Daycare
2030 Brookes Lane
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110
Phone: (717) 564-3410
Email: hhaas6@comcast.net

Overall Treatment Approach:
   Therapy should be fun! I know I am doing a good job of instructing and motivating a student when parents tell me their child can't wait to come and "play" with Miss Heidi. CAS therapy in the early intervention setting is an art all its own. My goal is make the child successful in their communication attempts. These children are often quite reserved as their attempts in the past to communicate have been so challenging. Establishing trust is paramount. It is only after you've established that trust that a child will take a risk to talk or try your recommendation of where to put their tongue or their teeth or their lips to produce a word. I try to stick to the same routine for each session. I follow a visual schedule so that the session is predictable each time. I use their favorite toys, stories, games, songs, crafts and photographs of the special people in their life in the session so that it is highly motivating. I intersperse drill work with silly fun. I provide carryover activities in a homework folder to encourage accountability.

Percent of CAS cases: 50

Parent Involvement:
   Parent involvement is critical to the therapy process. As a team, therapy targets are selected based upon the child's most pressing needs to communicate. Parents are encouraged to participate in therapy sessions and complete home activities to maintain progress. Community resources are provided to help parents connect with other families facing the same challenges and to provide support.

Community Involvement:
   I've been part of a professional learning community at my work place to help design therapy materials suitable for treating students with CAS. I've also created my own program, Speech Sound City, which includes a parent and therapist manual for outlining the course of treatment and a workbook with carefully selected stimuli with visual cues embedded. The gestural cues used in the program are based on the work of David Hammer, incorporating place or manner of articulation to aid in sound production.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 3

Max Age Treated: 5

Insurance Accepted: Yes