Jennie Bjorem

Children's Therapy Services, Inc.

Credentials: M.A., CCC-SLP; Recognized By Apraxia Kids™ for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8am-7pmSaturdays 8am-1pm
Treatment locations: Office/Clinic
7000 W. 121st Street #110
Leawood, Kansas 66209
Phone: (816) 914-1454

Overall Treatment Approach:
   When families call me with concerns in regards to CAS, one of the first things I tell them is that we are a full family service! The importance of family not only being in our sessions but being a part of our sessions is my biggest push. The next thing I tell them is that I am a play based therapist and that even though we have fun we work hard doing hard work. I use a multi-sensory approach so that the child can understand exactly what I am asking them to do and what is expected. I follow The Principles of Motor Learning and the phoneme sequencing hierarchy. I do a lot of parent education to help with behavior and to help parents to feel empowered!Incorporate Sensory Play into your sessionsBe Messy! Be Silly! Create a true relationship, Create trust... with the child and the familyParent EducationLet the child lead, but give boundariesUnderstanding behavior and use of emotional regulation during sessionsGet on the floor and PLAY!What is important to the child? What is Functional?For short sessions have limited choices, pre-chose targetsMOVE!! Children with Apraxia need to MOVE!!! Children need to move after every 10-20 practice trials. (Strand and Skinder, 1999, p. 128)I consider advanced form of technology if/when needed.

Percent of CAS cases: 90

Parent Involvement:
   100% everyday and always parents, siblings, grandparents and nannies are involved! I believe this is one of the most important pieces for the most amount of progress possible! They are a part in everything we do, parent education is KEY!

Community Involvement:
   I participate in the Apraxia Walk every year and am active on local and national Apraxia support group pages on Facebook. I work with families closely to help educate and support in the areas of need when you have a child diagnosed with CAS. We have so many families at CTS that come to us because our experience with Apraxia and hope to soon create a CTS support and resource group with our families!

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

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Insurance Accepted: No