Sara Buckingham

Credentials: M.Sc., R. SLP, CCC-SLP
Hours of Operation:
Treatment locations: Office/Clinic, Home
216 Cove Rd.
Chestermere, T1X 1E5
Phone: 403-671-7261

Overall Treatment Approach:
   My treatment approach is always based on motor learning principles so I am looking for multiple repetitions of accurate productions, usually with a small number of targets for each session. My treatment sessions are always changing as my approach varies depending on each child and how he/she best responds. The methods I use most are Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC), a multi-sensory approach and sometimes PROMPT techniques. I try to make my sessions play-based for younger children and more structured with older children but my goal is always fun learning. Function is key, so depending on what is most functional and useful for a family, my therapy goals will change.

Percent of CAS cases: 5%

Parent Involvement:
   Parents and caregivers are key to success and they are always involved in therapy. Parents/caregivers will observe, take turns, practice strategies and be included as much as possible during each session. Parents are always very involved in choosing the most appropriate targets. Homework and practice ideas will be given after each session. I strive to make practice something that a family can incorporate into their already busy lives.

Community Involvement:
   I am constantly looking to improve my knowledge and skill in treating CAS. I completed the Apraxia Kids Intensive Training (hosted by Alberta Health Services) as well as many Apraxia Kids Webinar courses. I connect with parent groups, Apraxia Facebook pages, and support groups. I try to connect parents and families to each other in the Apraxia community. I love to talk about and teach all things CAS so I am happy to act as a mentor to other speech-language pathologists whenever possible.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 24 months

Max Age Treated: 8 years

Insurance Accepted: Yes