City of St. Albert
I currently use the program "Let's Start Talking (LST)" TM created by Dr. Megan Hodge at the University of Alberta in my treatment for children whom I suspect have speech motor learning as a part of their speech disorder. I use this approach as the Let's Start Talking program employs principles of motor learning to build functional communication skills for a child. Treatment focuses on developing a child's "script for learning" to increase their ability to watch and listen to a speech model, the use of the Dynamic Temporal Cuing Hierarchy to gradually introduce spontaneous productions and variability in productions to encourage retention of speech motor movements, and the use of the adapted Motor Speech Treatment Hierarchy to guide target selection. Furthermore, the emphasis placed on parent involvement and training is fundamental to the success of these children. When a family is not able to commit to this programming, I modify programming to employ the same principles but in a manner that suits that particular family.
There is also programming for all other ages in groups of two, individual sessions, or in an intensive format. For more information on TPE's speech therapy for CAS, or language based literacy classes, please check out our website at www.truepotentialed.com, or give us a call at (515) 218-8445. I would love to hear from you! We are located in West Des Moines, Iowa.
I am currently involved in a pilot project with a local school board in implementing intensive services for young children who are suspected of having motor learning involvement as a contributor to their severe speech delays/disorders. I am also active in a working group of S-LPs. Together we aim to provide education for families and administrative teams, and promote advocacy for our clients with suspected or confirmed speech motor learning disorders.
Parents are heavily involved in my therapy process. Parents are required to participate in the Let's Stat Talking program sessions. In order to run this program, parent and/or caregiver participation is required for all aspects. Outside of this program, I also require parents to participate in therapy both within the session and to complete homework outside session time. I view my treatment sessions as parent training sessions so that a parent can build confidence and potentially continue on with selecting treatment targets when a treatment block is completed.