Laura Smith

A Mile High Speech Therapy

Credentials: M.A., CCC-SLP, Recognized By Apraxia Kids™ for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Hours of Operation: Various hours including nights and weekends
Treatment locations: Office/Clinic
2121 S Blackhawk St Suite 215
Aurora, Colorado 80014
Phone: (720) 480-4977

Overall Treatment Approach:
   Usually children come to me pre-verbal or with limited verbal output, in which case I start with a very small set of target words and use practice schedules that involve principles of motor learning, including mass and blocked practice. I use visual cues which I have adapted to my personal style, occasionally using PROMPT cues. I also introduce verbal cues and provide specific feedback after child imitations. I frequently use principles associated with Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing, including simultaneous productions, moving to direct imitation and then delayed imitation. As children improve, I increase the length of the movement gestures and add additional targets. In most cases, I have parents in therapy with me to carryover targets and maintain the consistency of the cues across environments. Every effort is made to coordinate services with other SLP's that may be involved in the child's life.

Percent of CAS cases: 80

Parent Involvement:
   Parents are integral. Most of my client's parents are in the sessions with me and are encouraged to be in the sessions with me. They receive my treatment notes after the session as well. They are coached to use the visual and verbal cues used within the sessions, and know what the treatment targets are so they can carry them over at home.

Community Involvement:
   -VERY involved. Denver Apraxia Walk Coordinator for 2015, 2016 and 2017-Daughter with CAS-Blog - site SLP Mommy of Apraxia-Facebook page SLP Mommy of Apraxia-Clinician in private practice specializing in CAS-Group ad

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 2

Max Age Treated:

Insurance Accepted: No