Sara Christ

Pickaway County Educational Service Center

Credentials: M.A.; CCC-SLP
Hours of Operation: school calendar
Treatment locations: Other
2050 Stoneridge Dr.
Circleville,, Ohio 43113
Phone: (740) 474-7529

Overall Treatment Approach:
   When I have determined a child is exhibiting characteristics of CAS, my treatment approach with them focuses on the movements of speech, not "working on sounds." During therapy the best practice is to not use pictures or games that will distract and limit amount of productions. Instead, I focus the child's attention on my face and have them attend to the target movements. After we have practiced for a block of time, I will give them a short break with an activity such as ball bouncing, putty, or a short video to keep them motivated. At first I provide maximal support with visual, tactile, and auditory models and fade those cues over time. I use principals of motor learning which involve repetitive motor practice, moving from blocked to random practice and intrinsic and extrinsic feedback.

Percent of CAS cases: 3

Parent Involvement:
   I work in a school setting, so I communicate with parents by sending home targets that have been practiced in speech that day. I also educate them on my cueing and strategies during therapy so they can give the child extra practice at home. I tell them it's like learning to play the piano, practice is key!

Community Involvement:
   Attended course, and visited websites. I would like to be more involved with any upcoming activities.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 3

Max Age Treated:

Insurance Accepted: Yes