Kim Kerney

Kim Kerney MA, CCC-SLP (PC)

Credentials: M.A., CCC-SLP (PC), Speech Therapy Department Head
Hours of Operation: 3:00 PM -6:00 PM for therapy sessions
Treatment locations: Home
7 Brookshire Drive
Cedar Grove, New Jersey 7009
Phone: (973) 851-3131

Overall Treatment Approach:
   I utilize my training from PROMPT in addition to what I have learned from Nancy Kaufman's inservices. After my assessment, I explain to parents what CAS is. I look at what the child can do, what is motivating for them, and words/word approximations that will give them the most control over their environments. For example, if the child has some consistent vowels and consonants they produce reliably, I work on a lexicon for them to use to get increased motor repetition of some CV or VC productions. I do not target single sounds or just use developmental norms for sounds to chose, but customize for the child. I look at what they can do in their speech motor system, and then choose syllables/approximations to build on this skills and increase speech automaticity. Therapy involves play and using these targets during games/imaginative play/movement games. I also do use the Kaufman speech praxis kits during therapy along with motivating toys/activities. I make sure to give the child specific feedback on their producitons (i.e. I like how your lips came together for /m/). I fade the tactile cues from PROMPT as the child gains success. I use a lot of books/songs with repetitive fill-ins that promote success for the child to be more verbal

Percent of CAS cases: 70

Parent Involvement:
   In my small private practice, parents bring their children to my home office. They either sit in during all sessions which I encourage or right outside of my treatment room if that is their preference. I leave time at the end of each session to talk about what we have worked on. Each child has a folder or notebook where I write simple homework for the parents at home. Typically I include a verbal lexicon of words/approximations/short phrases (depending where the child is at) that helps to improve the motor skills needed during verbal speech. I emphasis how important short, frequent practice is at home to make a difference. I give ideas of games or books to use at home during practice. We also make photo books of important people/toys/ words that they can use for practice so it keeps the work fun and functional. I encourage the parents to accept approximations, model them back to their child and also provide the true target. I counsel parents to avoid the "say this". I have parents send me voice recordings through the week to give them feedback. We also do videos of singing happy birthday etc. as its a nice way to parents to really see progress when they do the same song three months later.

Community Involvement:
   I follow Apraxia Kids online. I refer my parents to the site in addition to connecting them with each other. I share my knowledge at work with other professionals. I would like to attend the intensive bootcamp one day ( when my schedule provides!) I try to stay current in reading about EBP and attending apraxia conferences.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 2

Max Age Treated:

Insurance Accepted: No