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- 27 Governor Place
City of Spruce Grove
- From Play To Words
City of Spruce Grove
My sessions are set up based on PROMPT protocol. The session starts with a discussion with the parent to review previous home (distributed) practice. Next is a mass practice warm up to determine progress since last session and targets for the current sessions. Distributed practice takes place in motivating, meaningful play-based activities with tactile-kinethestic (PROMPT) Supports for the Words we are targeting. At the end of the session, parents are given practice words with suggestions of how to use these words in daily activities (e.g. working on “up” when you get up into the van, get up into the high chair, get up to wash your hands).
I sit on a number of local Facebook sites to answer questions. Our team participates in local Apraxia walks. I am involved with our Motor Speech Steering Committee in Edmonton, as well as involved in advocating at the government level for home-based direct treatment supports for children with CAS.
Parents are involved in all aspects of my treatment. They learn about the Motor Speech Hierarchy and how to look for and understand motor challenges within their child’s speech. Parents receive weekly home practice lexicon targets and report each week on how these words are generalizing. They stay and play in session to observe targets, PROMPT Supports and ask questions. Parents can chose to be taught Parameter PROMPTs to help their child at home as well.
We use picture supports, sign cues and simple topic boards as low-tech supports with children with CAS. These visual supports often help my clients combine words for the first time. We also use simple fringe boards for requesting food and toys to reduce frustration early in treatment. We also utilize high tech AAC including LAMP and TouchChat for children with a wide of range of diagnoses. I am currently completing my LAMP certification, and feel that clients benefit from the motor learning theory set up of LAMP.