13 Jan Mindy Vasilakopoulos
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Credentials: M.A.; CCC-SLP; Apraxia Kids Recognized for Advanced Training & Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Treatment locations: Office/Clinic|Home|Daycare
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515
Overall Treatment Approach:
I follow the Principles of Motor Theory to develop a unique approach for each child who has CAS. My treatment for children who have CAS focuses on developing to ability to select, plan, organize, and initiate motor patterns for speech. I encourage self-monitoring of skills and development of typical prosody from the beginning of therapy. I incorporate multi-sensory strategies and work directly with occupational therapists to support the children's sensory integration during my treatment. I use various cueing strategies which I have learned over the years through many different trainings, including written, phonemic, tactile, and kinesthetic cueing. The cueing will be different for every child depending on their ability, motivation, co-morbid issues, and stimulability. I take a Dynamic Temporal & Tactile Cueing (DTTC) for Speech Motor Learning approach with most children who are ready for imitation. If the child is not yet ready for imitiation, I use my training in the DIR/FCD model to increase engagement and reciprocal two-way intentional, gestural communication. Finally, I incorporate augmentative and alternative communication approaches when necessary, including sign language, pictures, and communication devices, to support a child's communication development.
Percent of CAS cases: 75
Parents of children who are developmentally under age three may be incorporated into our entire therapy session. They typically participate with the child and I coach the parents to try strategies with their son/daughter. I suggest ideas to try at home and follow-up at the next session. When children are developmentally older, the parents may wait in the waiting room until the final 15 minutes of the session. In the final 15 minutes, we show the parents what we did and I suggest they try some ideas at home. We frequently set-up a "home therapy" binder for the child to take work back and forth between therapy and home.
CAS is a neurological condition in which the child struggles with planning, organizing, and executing the movements necessary for speech production.
My team at Pediaprogress and I volunteer annually at the CASANA Walk for Apraxia. We host meetings for the local parent network, The Apraxia Connection, at our office. We also offer free parent information evenings at our office.
Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes
Min Age Treated: Birth
Insurance Accepted: Yes