Marlo Trudgeon

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Credentials: M.A., CCC-SLP; Apraxia Kids Recognized for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Hours of Operation: 5-Aug
Treatment locations: Home|Daycare
Arvada, Colorado 80005

Overall Treatment Approach:
   - Based on assessment, I then will find target words that best match their motor planning level (ie. sound and syllable shape). - I will use an eclectic approach with that includes a multi-sensory cueing hierarchy. Target practice to begin is massed pr

Percent of CAS cases: 25

Parent Involvement:
   Parents are involved from the very beginning. I often work within the home, therefore, I will get blocks of practice with the child in order to model a skill and then I will hand it over to the parents to have them try it themselves. We will then brainstorm ways that they can get the repetitions throughout their day. I will often try those routines with the parents to help them understand the correct prompting with target words. I will leave homework with the parents to try throughout the week. I will encourage parents to video tape parts of our sessions so that they can reflect on some of the techniques throughout the week.

Parent Explanation:
   At the beginning of the DX, I will explain to parents that motor planning is like learning to drive a stick shift in a car. There are many different movements that need to happen all at once. In order to learn the new motor movements to successfully drive, you need to practice over and over. If one of the movements doesn't happen correctly, the car may stall. With this, I explain that if you only practice 1 time a day how to get out of first gear, then it will be more difficult and take longer to make the motor movements smooth enough to drive the car. This is the same with motor planning with speech. When it is challenging for kids to learn motor movements for speech, they often need repeated practice to move from "gear to gear" so that the movement can become smooth and done without thinking.

Community Involvement:
   Over the past several years, I have been involved in training on CAS and being a consult for other Early Intervention Therapists in my community. I have held several presentations to providers about the identification, diagnosis and treatment for kids that may have suspected motor planning issues. I am often called in for challenging clients when therapists are unsure of treatment. I provide guidance to those therapists with on ongoing dialogue of next steps. I continue to educate myself with reading.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 2

Insurance Accepted: No