Leah Blum

Leah Blum- Private Practice

Credentials: Masters degree in Speech/Language Pathology, ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, NYS License in Speech/Language Pathology, Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH), Permanent NYS Certification in Early Childhood and Elementary Education (N-6), PROMPT Certified Clinician
Hours of Operation: Monday- Friday 8am- 6 pm Sundays- 8 am- 1:00 pm
Treatment locations: Office/Clinic|Home|Daycare
84 Summershade Court
East Amherst, New York 14051
Phone: (716) 481-2157
Email: lfblumslp@verizon.net

Overall Treatment Approach:
   In addition to specializing in CAS as a speech-language pathologist, I am also the mother to a now 21 year old son with Apraxia. I was an SLP prior to my son's birth, but his journey with CAS is what has inspired me to learn as much about this issue as possible, and to help other children and families struggling with this diagnosis. My overall approach is to help my students develop communication skills using whatever modalities are most effective for them. I focus mainly on incorporation of PROMPT therapy to address verbal skills, but also include aspects of the Kaufman approach, and also introduce low and high tech augmentative communication and sign language if needed. My overall goal is functional communication to help the child increase independence and reduce frustration.

Percent of CAS cases: 90

Parent Involvement:
   Depending on the child, parents either participate and observe directly in the session, or are able to hear the session from an adjoining room. At the conclusion of each session, parents are provided a summary of activities and goals that were addressed. Carryover and "homework" activities and strategies are provided. Parents are not expected to provide any tactile prompting to the child, but once the student has progressed to being able to produce sounds/words with less cuing, parents are expected to carryover use of these targets into their home setting.

Community Involvement:
   From 2003- 2006 I was involved in the founding and organization and running of the WNY Childhood Apraxia Organization. This group was started by myself, my husband and three other families who had young children at the time, all diagnosed with CAS. We held monthly family meetings, and the children would play and socialize with each other and their siblings while the parents engaged with each other. We alternated formats on a monthly basis including guest speakers on numerous topics affecting children with CAS, and then a "Family of the Month" presentation in which a family would review their child’s history, and current issues and information and suggestions.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: Toddlers

Max Age Treated: Adults

Insurance Accepted: No