Monica Phillips

The Speech Space

Credentials: M.E.d, CCC-SLP
Hours of Operation: 8a-6pm, Monday-Friday
Treatment locations: Home|Daycare
Address:

Washington, District of Columbia 20001
Phone: (202) 643-8250
Email: monica@thespeechspacedc.com

Overall Treatment Approach:
   Since I typically work with children 12 months to 6 years of age, my treatment approach is play based and functional. My initial session is typically used for establishing and building rapport. Once rapport and trust is established, I like to have parents make a list of words that are important and functional to their child and family (e.g., toys, foods, activities, names), so I can figure out how to help the family and child work on these words. In addition, I use the child's repertoire of sounds to work on imitating sound combinations in repetitive games in order to have a lot of opportunities for practice. As the child's sound and word repertoire and confidence increases, I will start to incorporate more of the K-SLP words (either in play, drill-embedded in play, or drill--depending on the child's age and attention) to help expand their sound and sound combination repertoire. I like to incorporate these into their daily life routines and play as much as possible in order to encourage generalization.

Percent of CAS cases: 4

Parent Involvement:
   In our practice the majority of our sessions take place in the child's home or daycare setting. Therefore, parents and caregivers are typically very involved in my sessions. I highly value parents' wishes for their child and like their feedback in order to make sure we are working on what is most functional and important for their child. I typically spend a few minutes at the beginning of our sessions discussing how the child has been doing since I last saw them, any gains or regressions, and if there is anything new the parents would like for us to work on or discuss. I like to have the parent(s) or caregiver(s) in our sessions so they can watch as I provide direct intervention, explaining what I'm doing and why, and encourage any questions from the parents and caregivers. Throughout the session and towards the end, I like to have the parent or caregiver try out some of the techniques or targets we worked on. I typically give "homework", with specific details and targets, for the family to work on in between our next session. I like parents and caregivers to feel empowered that they know what they can work on and how to work on it with their child.

Community Involvement:
   When we started our practice, we sponsered an Apraxia Walk in our community. It is an annual event and we look forward to participating this year as well!

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 1

Max Age Treated:

Insurance Accepted: No