Susan Caprioli

Susan Caprioli

Credentials: MS, CCC-SLP
Hours of Operation: by appointment
Treatment locations: Home|Daycare|Other
Poughkeepsie, New York 12603

Overall Treatment Approach:
   When treating a child with CAS it is important to focus on the movement transitions during speech, rather than to focus on individual speech sound production. After assessment, a list of functional words (specific to each child) are chosen to target. As mastery of these words is met, we cycle in new functional words. I utilize a combination of Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) coupled with PROMPT for specific tactile cues. Therapy activities are tailored to each individual child with motivational items/activities personalized as needed.

Percent of CAS cases: 3

Parent Involvement:
   Parents are involved in therapy from the start. Carryover and understanding from parents is an integral part of treatment. Parents are invited to attend all sessions and/or observe sessions at any time. In the event that a child participates easier without the parent present, open communication regarding the session is always important. Parents are asked to carryover stimuli that is being targeted and are taught basic PROMPTS and/or cues when appropriate. Phone conferences, text messages and emails are always welcome and answered promptly.

Parent Explanation:
   Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a particular label for a subset of children with speech sound disorders. Children with CAS have specific difficulty with planning and programming speech. In the case of CAS, the parts of the brain that plan and program movements aren't working efficiently, therefore the child has difficulty moving their mouth, tongue, etc. in order to make intelligible speech. This does not mean the child has weakness or "brain damage", it simply means we need to work in therapy at getting the brain to plan speech movements more efficiently so your child can be understood.

Community Involvement:
   I focus my continuing education on Apraxia research and treatment whenever possible. I am passionate about training and educating other speech language pathologists, clinical fellows and graduate student clinicians about CAS and its treatment options. In addition, I work to train teachers, parents and other support professionals in the area of CAS.

Professional consultation/collaboration: Yes

Min Age Treated: 18 months

Insurance Accepted: No