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- 5035-108 A Street NW
- Alberta Health Services
Every child benefits from a custom-made treatment plan. I use my knowledge about the "principles of motor learning" and skills from different training experiences to provide intervention in a dynamic and effective way. I have training in "Let's Talk Clearly" (program created by Dr. Megan Hodge), Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC), and PROMPT. I have also completed intensive "CAS Advanced Competence Training" (offered through Apraxia Kids in collaboration with Alberta Health Services).
Intensive CAS therapy requires a lot of attention and hard work from the the clinician, family, and the child. I find fun and meaningful ways to practice speech with each child (like choosing functional goals and exciting activities) so that they are motivated to practice and have a positive experience with speech therapy.
I am currently a member of my organization's Advanced CAS Community of Practice, where I get to stay up to date about CAS topics and service delivery across the province of Alberta. I also participate in a Motor Speech Working Group, where I get the opportunity to give input about best-practice services for children with CAS and create educational and mentorship opportunities for my coworkers. I enjoy being the "go-to" person for motor speech questions in my office, particularly for school-age children. I participated in the Apraxia Kids National Conference in 2021, and hope to attend many more.
I engage parents in all aspects of therapy - determining goals or targets, choosing fun and meaningful activities for speech practice, and finding practical ways to work at home. Parent participation in each treatment session and consistent home practice is key to maximizing success. By building their knowledge and skills, parents gain the confidence and capacity to support their child's communication in any situation.
I have experience using high-tech AAC (e.g., ipad apps such as LAMP Words for Life, TouchChat), low-tech AAC (e.g., picture boards or books), and sign language with children who have CAS or other speech disorders. I use American Sign Language on a regular basis and am very comfortable incorporating it into therapy and coaching others.