Kelsi Sullivan

UTMB

Credentials: M.S., CCC-SLP
Hours of Operation: Standard clinic hours are 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM Monday - Friday
Treatment locations: Office/Clinic
Address:
301 University Blvd
Galveston, Texas 77551
Phone: (409) 772-2711
Email: kwsulliv@utmb.edu

Overall Treatment Approach:
   I start with high frequency of individualized sessions, with high intensity/ many repetitions, specific feedback, multiple types of cues, modeling, immediate feedback and gradually reduce frequency of sessions. I may fade cues, but I keep a high intensity for each session. Patients may eventually move towards more randomized and varied practice to help with carryover. I also use parents to help with carryover and to create successful and meaningful communication opportunities at home. Patients seems to benefit form a variety of cues while working on specific speech tasks to improve awareness/ feeling of correct articulation for specific sounds.

Percent of CAS cases: 5

Parent Involvement:
   I use the parent as a person to deliver case history and help come up with relevant targets for the patient. I try to help parents understand their child's difficulty with speaking and feel confident in communicating with their child. Parents are to understand their child's impairment and the dedication it will take to improve speech communication. Parents are to help facilitate meaningful carryover of speech sounds into home activities and/ or advocate for their child when possible. Parents learn strategies to improve successful communication at home, with and without the use of an AAC device. Frequently, I do target words in therapy and have the parent watch. If and when it is appropriate, I ask the parent to practice working with their child on that target during the session, and I sometimes have them continue to target the word or a similar target at home 1 to 2x per day until the next session, which is usually a day or two later.

Community Involvement:
   I participate in continuing education courses, I read ASHA articles regarding CAS and I have read the ASHA position paper on CAS. I have participated in the ASHA Special Interest Group 2, Neurogenic Communication Disorders. I am currently not a member of this group, but plan to re-enroll when I renew my ASHA dues in November. I have made a donation to CASANA and will continue to look to the site for updated information and tools for patients. I help local school therapists working with students that have CAS to improve frequency and quality of therapy in and out of school. I am interested in being more active as opportunities arise. That is one reason why I am working on being listed on the SLP CASANA guide.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 30 months

Max Age Treated:

Insurance Accepted: Yes