Maureen Jennings

Shoreline Speech & Language Center

Credentials: MA CCC-SLP
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9 to 6 Saturday Group Classes 9 to 12
Treatment locations: Office/Clinic|Daycare
Address:
Hermosa Beach, California 90064

Overall Treatment Approach:
   Once a child is assessed and current level of functioning is determined, it is most important that the clinician makes the child successful which builds the child's confidence and increases verbal output as a result. Specifically, programs should provide frequent and intensive practice. It is also essential that parent education is provided. Parents should have the opportunity to observe therapy and ask questions.

Percent of CAS cases: 10

Parent Involvement:
   Parents are invited into therapy sessions and encouraged to ask questions. Parents are often provided goal themselves. For example, parent will independently implement speech strategy during a specific routine.

Parent Explanation:
   First, I define the difference between speech and language disorders. Speech is "how" we say things and "language" is what we say. In children with apraxia, their expressive language will be delayed as well. It does not mean, however, that they have a language disorder, but rather a language delay due to motor speech impairment - apraxia. I explain to parents how children with apraxia have a "hiccup" at the end of the sensory/motor system which in some ways is easier to treat than when there is a problem earlier in the pathway - like auditory processing. I remind them children with apraxia have excellent outcomes when provided the right treatment and there is often no reason to think that this speech disorder will be lifelong.

Community Involvement:
   I am a member of several apraxia Facebook forums, including Apraxia Kids, Childhood Apraxia of Speech for SLPs, PROMPT and Special Needs Networking in Los Angeles where parents can reach out to allied professionals.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated:

Insurance Accepted: Yes