Joan Schmidt

Employed by Berlin CT Public schools within the Preschool Learning Center. Provide private sessions.

Credentials: MA, CCC-SLP; Certified Implementor- Picture Exchange Communication System-CPI 276
Hours of Operation:
Treatment locations: Home|Other
31 Southfork Circle
Plantsville, Connecticut 6479
Phone: (860) 637-2732

Overall Treatment Approach:
   Depending upon the severity of the child's needs, treatment approaches will vary. For very young children with limited output, imitation of vowel sounds and environmental sounds within a play format is appropriate. For children who are ready for more structured interventions, many trials at the appropriate level (vowel to vowel, consonant vowel, consonant vowel consonant, consonant vowel consonant vowel etc). are practiced in imitation with multi-sensory cues in a highly reinforcing play therapy environment. As a child's verbal output increases, further strategies such as pacing, video modeling etc are utilized. For children who have limited communication skills, motor speech practice is the primary focus with functional communication strategies such as use of Picture Exchange Communication System to express basic needs and wants and to minimize frustration. AAC is also utilized when appropriate.

Percent of CAS cases:

Parent Involvement:
   Parents are encouraged to observe sessions during the school day. They are provided training provided by this clinician in use of cueing techniques and hand signals. They are provided with reading materials regarding Apraxia of Speech (e.g. "Becoming Verbal With Childhood Apraxia" Pamela Marshalla. When parents are unable to attend sessions, they are provided with video of their children's sessions via the See Saw Application or typical videotape techniques.

Community Involvement:
   I have encouraged parents to become involved with Apraxia Kids. I am attempting to become a greater part of this community as a professional.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 3

Max Age Treated: 6

Insurance Accepted: No