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- Confident Communicators Speech and Language Services
My approach to treatment is:EVIDENCE-BASED: The two programs that have primarily shaped my practice are Let’s Start Talking (LST) and PROMPT. I was trained and mentored by LST’s program developer Dr. Megan Hodge in 2013 and completed my Introduction to Prompt in 2011 and PROMPT bridging in 2017.FUNCTIONAL: In consultation with the child’s caregivers, treatment goals and targets that are functional and meaningful for the child are chosen or prioritized. Target words or sequences are imbedded into functional activities of daily living and games that motivate the child to participate while still attaining a high number of repetitions per session. FUN: Children who enjoy their treatment activities are more motivated to participate. I choose activities that are engaging, meaningful to the child and fun while still being target-focused.INDIVDUALIZED: Every child is different, so no two treatment programs will be the same. I follow principles of motor learning theory, LST and PROMPT but individualize my approach based on the needs of the child and family. HOLISTIC: I consider the “whole child” and their environment when designing and carrying out my treatment plans. Treatment includes consideration of the child’s unique make-up and the physical-sensory, cognitive-linguistic and social-emotional domains.
- Part of the Apraxia community as a parent, family member and SLP- Connected with local groups: Childhood Apraxia Society of Edmonton (CASE), local parent groups on Facebook- Active in seeking continued education in the area of CAS through trainings,
Parents are integral team members in the treatment of a child with CAS. I start my treatment programming with 1-2 parent only sessions where I provide education on CAS and speech development, we collaborate to select functional goals and targets and the parent is trained in basic treatment techniques. Parents actively participate in treatment sessions and complete regular home practice. They report back on home practice and bring a game or activity that they did during the week to show me (or a video of them completing an activity at home) and I provide feedback and suggestions for next steps.
My experience using AAC is mostly with teens and adults but I have used both low tech (i.e., picture communication boards) and high tech (i.e., dynavox speech generating device) tools in my treatment sessions with children with CAS. I have also worked collaboratively with our local AAC clinic (and distributor) to support a child with CAS through device trials to find a suitable fit.