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- 2 Courtenay Place
- Teshima Speech and Language Services
I was trained by Dr. Megan Hodge in the Let’s Start Talking (LST) treatment program, at the University of Alberta, and I use her program as the basis for my treatment approach. I like to work with a child and their family 2 times per week; however, this can vary with the needs of the child and family. These sessions include play-based activities focussing on sounds, syllable shapes, and word combinations. I use an adapted version (from Dr. Hodge) of the motor speech treatment hierarchy (Hayden & Square, 1994) to determine what sounds, words, and word combinations to target in treatment. However, I believe it is important to take consideration of sounds that may be important for the child to say (e.g. sound is in his name, name of family pet) and targeting those sounds as well. I use the Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) approach to support the child in moving from imitation to spontaneous productions. I incorporate variable practice into each session to practice important skills such as prosody and rate while maintaining accurate motor movements to produce the sounds and words successfully. I include parent involvement in all sessions and some of each session is spent providing feedback and coaching to the parent on how to work with their child. I believe that speech practice is more successful when the child is having fun and I aspire for each session to be fun!
I have been involved in mentoring SLPs for the LST talking in the Edmonton area. I have been involved in a cross-agency working group in Edmonton developing a care pathway and training options for SLPs who have children with CAS on their caseloads. I am currently working on forming a SLP cohort for SLPs who work for Edmonton Public Schools to provide mentoring, sharing of resources, and professional development in the area of CAS. I would like to attend an Apraxia Kids conference in the future and am interested in future bootcamp opportuntiies in Canada.
I try to encourage parents to be involved in all therapy sessions. This is required as part of my private practice. I also work in an educational, preschool setting and parent involvement is more challenging. I encourage parents to attend therapy sessions and I have had parents that have attended every session; however, I also have parents that are not able to do so. I also provide parent workshops about speech development, CAS, and best practices for modelling and cueing.
I have incorporated low tech AAC such as activity focused boards, core boards, and sign language into classroom activities.