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- 210 Ferguson Place NW
- Skyward Speech
Family involvement plays a huge role in my approach to therapy! Therefore my treatment typically begins with a discussion with the parents about their understanding of CAS, and addressing any initial questions they may have. From there, we can ensure we have a common understanding of the terminology, and set mutual expectations for therapy. I often ask parents to generate a “wish list” of words and/or phrases that are important to their family – this may include family members’ names, their child’s favourite toys/foods/places etc.
Treatment sessions are designed to be fun and motivating for the child! We work to get in lots of practice, in the context of games and play. Depending on the child, we may initially need to work on skills such as watching the SLP’s face during speech tasks, or the ability to copy actions and sounds in play. Once these prerequisite skills are established, treatment focuses on helping the child to say new sounds, syllable shapes, words and phrases by using a wide range of cues (ex: picture cues, verbal reminders, touch cues). Over time, this cueing is gradually reduced to allow the child to become more independent with saying their new words and phrases. We will typically work on a small number of target words (approximately 3-5) in a single session, to ensure that we get many repetitions of these targets during our session. In treatment, we emphasize the importance of prosody (the "melody" of speech), so that our speech sounds natural and not "flat". I work hard to ensure that children feel successful and proud of how hard they work during our sessions together!
I am a member of several online groups within the Apraxia Kids community, and am looking forward to this year's Walk for Apraxia in my hometown!
Parents are instrumental in helping guide the therapy process. As the expert on their child, a parent helps me know what activities and approaches will motivate their child, how their child learns best, what words and targets are most meaningful for their family, and what they are most hoping to accomplish through therapy. I work with families to help them understand both general communication strategies to try at home, as well as giving words and activities for home practice as appropriate.
I encourage use of both low-tech AAC (ex: picture boards, ASL) as well as high-tech speech-generating devices, with any child whose speech is not currently meeting their communication needs.