Kelli Pierce

Comprehensive Speech & Therapy Center

Credentials: MA CCC-SLP
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 6:30pm
Treatment locations: Office/Clinic
1001 Laurence Ave Ste E
Jackson, Michigan 49202
Phone: (517) 750-4777

Overall Treatment Approach:
   Initially, I focus on increasing intelligibility for functional communication - client's name, family names, favorites, core vocab/function words - to gain a functional communication base. I might also add AAC depending on the severity of the impairment. I find that this decreases client and family frustration, and often increases parents trust and likelihood that they will carryover some practice at home. I typically select words/word groups that the client already has some success with. For example, if they are able to produce /b/, I might focus on bilabial CV and/or VC syllables or words. I find that when kids have success early, they are more apt to try harder words/sounds with less kick back. Instilling confidence in speech (no matter how small) is one of my first goals for children with CAS.

Percent of CAS cases: 30

Parent Involvement:
   I discuss the nature of CAS with parents, and initially instruct them to not work on targets at home (unless the child is beginning treatment at an older/elementary school age). When the client has mastered sounds/words in the treatment room, I provide a list/pictures/sounds to work on at home - usually stating that they should only be worked on for short amounts of time at home. When working on specific sounds, I like to ask parents to work on these at certain times/locations - e.g., only correct child's productions at dinner or while in the car. I have found that parents are more likely to work at home when they can complete the tasks while doing something that needs to be done anyway (e.g., driving home from school).

Community Involvement:
   I currently have very limited involvement in the Apraxia community.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 2

Max Age Treated:

Insurance Accepted: Yes