Laurie Martin

Laurie Martin Speech-Language Pathology

Credentials: MHSc CCC-SLP
Hours of Operation: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Treatment locations: Office/Clinic
18740 Ventura Blvd. #206
Tarzana, California 91356
Phone: (310) 488-8960

Overall Treatment Approach:
   My treatment approach is hierarchal in nature. Once I have established what a child's consonant and vowel repertoire consists of, I am able to write goals that are specific and achievable. I use a multi sensory approach to therapy where I combine PROMPT intervention or simple touch cues and gestures to help elicit target sounds. These cues are immediately faded once the sound is stable. I use blocked practice of the targets, quickly transitioning to longer words and phrases whenever possible. I work with children with CAS multiple times per week in intense 30 minute in 1:1 sessions.

Percent of CAS cases: 30

Parent Involvement:
   Parents or caregivers are always present throughout the speech therapy sessions to observe what sounds and/or words are being targeted. I always collaborate with parents to help select a core vocabulary for children with severe CAS to create words that are personally relevant and achievable. It is essential that parents are on-board with what the practice should be so that realistic expectations are created for both parents and the child with CAS.

Community Involvement:
   I have given many guest lectures to preschools in the San Fernando Valley in order to educate teachers and staff members on Childhood Apraxia of Speech for many of my clients. I was involved in the planning and spreading the word of the first Apraxia Walk in Los Angeles in 2017. I reached out to my colleagues and help solicit many donations to ensure its success. In addition, I am active on social media in a variety of Apraxia Awareness groups where I am always available to answer questions for concerned parents to help ease the stress associated with an initial diagnosis.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 18 months

Max Age Treated:

Insurance Accepted: Yes