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- Edmonton, Alberta
- Sara Simison
I provide assessment and treatment for speech motor learning disorders, including CAS.
I have completed training in the programs "Let's Start Talking" and "Let's Talk More,” which were developed by Dr. Megan Hodge at the University of Alberta. Speech-Language Pathologists who have completed these programs have spent many hours dedicated to learning the principles of speech motor learning and therapy, including direct one-to-one mentorship, to complete the robust requirements of these training programs.
I have also completed PROMPT training (Introduction to Prompt, and Bridging) and incorporate strategies from these frameworks as well.
During therapy, we focus on words and phrases through play-based activities. Strategies for developing your child’s literacy skills, such as phonological awareness, are infused throughout our activities. I use the Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing Hierarchy to support your child in moving from copying words to saying them on their own. Each session is customized to the needs of the child and their family. Treatment is designed to be fun and motivating!
I teach parents how to apply the same strategies at home so they are able to practice between sessions. Part of each session is dedicated to creating a home plan with parents. The coaching, feedback and support happens throughout our session. I encourage families to participate as much as possible!
I collaborated with a colleague in creating bins of treatment activities related to particular word and phrase targets. These bins supported other SLPs with ideas for target words and activities. I follow many professional and CAS support groups online, and I am very interested in attending future Apraxia Boot Camp opportunities!
Parents/Caregivers are an integral part of the assessment and therapy process. Sessions are scheduled to debrief results and create goals. Parents are also offered parent-only sessions to learn about speech sound development, speech motor learning (including CAS), and to talk about treatment and progress as it relates to their child. I teach parents to use the cueing strategies from therapy sessions to help their child within each session, and regular practice is encouraged. The last part of a therapy session is generally dedicated to choosing which targets will be practiced between sessions, and coming up with a plan on how to practice them.
I have used both low-tech (e.g. signs, gestures, pictures) and high-tech forms of AAC. In terms of high-tech AAC, I have experience using a variety of dedicated communication devices and/or applications.