Kasey Battenfield

Northwest Pediatric Therapy

Credentials: M.S., CCC-SLP
Hours of Operation: 8:30 - 5:30
Treatment locations: Office/Clinic, Home, Daycare
2580 E. Joyce Blvd Ste 12
Fayetteville, AR 72703
Phone: 479-521-7337
Email: kasey@nwpedtherapy.com

Overall Treatment Approach:
   My treatment approach to kids with CAS focuses on motor planning and programming. If the child has extensive vowel distortions, I first target imitation of vowels in isolation, usually by also accompanying gross motor movements or hand cues (unless there is global apraxia present). I then move to combining consonants and vowels together to work on sequencing the movements. I like using Kaufman cards and breaking down the word to the level where the child is accurate, and then building upon that level. Backward chaining has been helpful in this stage as well! Once the child is able to produce simple vowels and combine simple consonants and vowels together, I like to collaborate with parent to come up with a list of functional words that the child would most like to communicate at home. For my kids that have a more severe CAS, I introduce pictures/PECS at home to help the child better communicate. Once the child can imitate CV combinations, we work on CVCV combos, CVC combos, and then progress to 2-3 syllable words while participating in activities that are fun, engaging, and keep the child motivated.

Percent of CAS cases: 27%

Parent Involvement:
   I have most parents in the therapy session, participating and learning techniques such as hand cues or prompting. If the parent is not in the session, the last 5-10 minutes of my session is spent talking to parents about the therapy and how to facilitate the child's speech at home. For the few children with CAS I see at daycare, I leave a notebook where I write notes detailing session and what to work on at home. I will also periodically talk with them via phone or a meeting at the daycare.

Community Involvement:
   The Apraxia community is small where I live; however, I try to educate as many people as I can about CAS and its characteristics. We provide handouts that give information regarding CAS, and how it is diagnosed and treated, to any parent who is interested, or for parents of children with suspected CAS (not yet definitively diagnosed). I also try to help educate local school teachers and therapists through conversations regarding CAS, its prevalence, and its characteristics.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: Birth

Max Age Treated: 21

Insurance Accepted: Yes