Jennifer Hanson

The University of New Mexico Speech, Language, and Hearing Center

Credentials: M.S., CCC-SLP
Hours of Operation: Mondays through Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Treatment locations: Office/Clinic
1700 Lomas Suite 1300
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
Phone: (505) 277-0331

Overall Treatment Approach:
   Assessment drives the treatment plan, as always. Targets should fall within the range of stimulability. It is important to get a list of functional words and potential words with high impact at home and possibly school to create "word shells," which are targets that approximate important, functional words. For example, brother might become "bubu" if in the child's zone of proximal development. I typically use tactile cues, as long a the child will allow it. The prompt for jaw opening has been particularly helpful. I very seldom teach a sound in isolation. Rather, I like to use the Kaufman cards or similar incremental stimuli to practice sequencing patterns (Example, open-close-open OR Front, back, front). If the child has sensory defensiveness, I make sure I provide clear visual cues, with tactile cues on myself. Sometimes the child will imitate the tactile cues on themselves. A key strategy is to make sure the child is paying full attention with reinforcement in between speech attempts. I also explain that AAC can be a key part of the child's overall communication repertoire as verbal speech develops. I try to pack in as many opportunities to practice the speech target (a good goal is 60 opportunities within a 30 minute session) As the child progresses in speech therapy, I try to reduce my feedback regarding speech accuracy and, if the child is old enough and cognitively able to do so, ask the child to self-assess. As the child progresses, I increase the complexity of the target movement in terms of length of target (e.g., with a carrier phrase).

Percent of CAS cases: 10

Parent Involvement:
   Parents are encouraged to participate directly in treatment, especially if the child is preschool age. I encourage parents to reward these word approximations and not require 100% correct articulation in order get the desired item requested by the child. PROMPT allows parents to use parameter prompts if appropriate and in line with family goals

Community Involvement:
   I volunteered to host a PROMPT workshop here at the University of New Mexico Clinic and marketed the training (and participated in it). More broadly, I am a board member of our state professional organization NMSHA. I provide direct treatment to clients, adults and children, and also supervise graduate students in our clinic, as they deliver services.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 3

Max Age Treated:

Insurance Accepted: No