Lorissa Alexander

Special Needs Pediatric Therapy Services

Credentials: M.A., CCC-SLP
Hours of Operation: Monday - Wednesday 9:00-5:30
Treatment locations: Office/Clinic
4411 Suwanee Dam Rd.
Suwanee, Georgia 30024
Phone: (678) 714-6708
Email: lorissa1@gmail.com

Overall Treatment Approach:
   I typically use a total communication approach to begin to alleviate frustration from challenging verbal attempts. I have a solid ASL inventory/knowledge base so I use signs simultaneously with verbal targets. I want the child's expressive communication to be rewarded so that he/she is willing to put in the effort to progress to challenging verbal attempts. When choosing targets I consult with parents to determine which words are important to the family and which words are motivating for the child, then work with them to create a picture book to practice "___'s Words". I try to make the word or word combination targets very functional during therapy session and encourage the parents to do the same at home. One word I target often is "open" because it is very empowering for children to request to open doors, windows, toy bins, food containers, books, eyes, etc. I do use PROMPT strategies in my sessions when it is helpful for challenging or novel targets.

Percent of CAS cases: 10

Parent Involvement:
   I involve parents from the beginning with asking for them to determine the important and motivating words for the child and the family. Once determined, we work together to create a book of words that is used in therapy sessions and at home for practice. The family can watch the therapy session in the treatment room or I review with them after the session. If I use any PROMPTs with the child I demonstrate them on the parent so they understand how I was trying to elicit the target. I provide the parents with the list of targets from the session and ask that they incorporate them into home activities. At the beginning of the next session I ask parents for feedback on the targets and general questions/concerns.

Community Involvement:
   I have attended 2 specific courses to propel my work with children with CAS and both courses ignited a passion for working with this population. I would like to become more involved with the Apraxia community through fundraising, community outreach, and providing support/therapy/education to families.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 2

Max Age Treated:

Insurance Accepted: Yes