Samantha Novick

Bridge Therapy, LLC

Credentials: M.S., CCC-SLP
Hours of Operation: 7 days/week, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm. By appointment only.
Treatment locations: Office/Clinic|Home|Daycare
9724 West Sample Road
Coral Springs, Florida 33065
Phone: 954-744-3699

Overall Treatment Approach:
   I strongly believe in the importance of catering my therapy approach toward the individual needs and interests of my clients. Therapy should always be fun and meaningful! Before initiating treatment, I will determine my client's specific deficits based on my assessment and clinical observations. More importantly, I will have an open and honest conversation with my client (if appropriate) as well as his or her parents to determine the primary concerns they have and what they hope to gain from speech therapy. We must all work together as a team! I will then determine which goals I am to address based on my assessment, the current abilities of my client, and the demands placed at home and at school. I may, for example, address consonant-vowel (CV) word structures in younger clients with specific attention to reducing consonant and vowel distortions. In older clients, I may address multisyllabic words, consonant clusters, and residual phonemic and phonological errors. Because apraxia is a motor speech disorder, therapy will include many repetitions of targets to increase motor planning abilities. I will also determine which prompts and cues are most successful in eliciting targets and embed a multisensory cueing approach. As a PROMPT trained clinician, I will use this methodology if deemed appropriate for the specific client. If the individual has more severe communicative impairments and has significant difficulty communicating verbally, I will also implement some form(s) of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). I would pair the speech-generating device with my speech goals to ensure that the individual is able to express him or herself and not limit his or her language development as speech is continuing to improve. My primary focus is to improve verbal speech as much as possible so that my clients may live independent, productive lives. Once I have an idea of what I will target in therapy, I will determine what interests and motivates my client. Therapy should be enjoyable and I will always try to embed games, activities and topics of interest into my sessions. It is essential to make therapy relevant to my clients' daily lives to increase the opportunity for generalization and to make each treatment session a worthwhile experience

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Parent Involvement:
   It is imperative that parents are viewed as an essential part of the therapy team. I work hard to ensure that parents feel informed, empowered and engaged throughout the therapeutic process. First and foremost, I will make certain that my client's parents have a strong understanding of what CAS is, how it is treated and the importance of carryover. Because repetitive practice is especially critical for treatment of CAS, it is important that my client's parents understand what to practice at home, specific strategies, and the rationale behind my approaches. It is also important that parents have a "good ear" for correct and incorrect productions so that they may be able to judge this at home. I may bring the parents into my sessions to help fine tune their ability to differentiate between accurate and inaccurate productions and provide examples of specific strategies used. I will provide my client's parents with written notes or verbal explanations regarding how to reinforce objectives to establish carryover. I will also provide specific programs, games and activities to practice at home

Community Involvement:
   I have worked with many clients with apraxia - both adults and children - and genuinely enjoy treating these individuals. It is so rewarding to witness my clients progress in therapy and become successful communicators! I currently have multiple clients with CAS on my caseload. Two of my clients have parents who are highly involved and active in the apraxia community which has motivated me to become more active as well. One of my client's parents is organizing our local Apraxia Kids Walk for Apraxia which I am registered for and will attend. I have another client whose parents have been highly involved in pursuing legislation reform and working to improve our state's support regarding educational services for individuals with CAS. I have learned so much from all of my clients' parents about their perspectives on CAS, the challenges they have endured and their personal experiences. I have taken continuing education courses regarding CAS including the PROMPT training, LAMP Words for Life and a course regarding the challenges adolescents with CAS face. I have also read numerous articles about apraxia and continue to stay current regarding research-based treatment methods and approaches. I truly enjoy working with individuals with apraxia and their families and am lucky to say that I love my job!

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

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Insurance Accepted: No