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- 4304 Welwyn Street
- Private Practice
I strongly value building a positive connection with both the child in therapy and their caregivers. When the child is engaged and having fun in therapy, then we can make positive changes. Following a thorough, dynamic speech and language assessment and consultation with the parents, we will develop an individualized treatment plan together. My treatment approach follows evidence-based practice specific to working with children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I use my advanced training with Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing and implement the principles of motor learning which are known to be effective with children with Apraxia. I focus on supporting the child to develop functionally relevant communication.
I have shared information from my advanced training on Apraxia with speech-language pathologists in my community and have helped them to navigate opportunities for further learning. I would like to increase my involvement in the community by attending further workshops focused on CAS and by connecting with other SLPs with a particular interest in CAS. I continue to advance my understanding about CAS by staying up to date on current research and practices. I would like to participate in advocating to spread awareness for this lesser known diagnosis. I hope to take on more clients with CAS in the near future.
In my practice, I include caregivers throughout every stage of the assessment and treatment process. We will work together to develop a treatment plan with relevant, specific goals to work on both in therapy sessions and in caregiver-led practice at home. During sessions, I will coach caregivers on specific strategies to support the child's functional communication at home and in their community. Caregivers will be given brief, daily practice activities that support progress in their child's speech and can easily be incorporated into their routines.
My implementation of AAC varies significantly depending on the individual client. I first consider many factors such as client age, intelligibility, progress in therapy, family priorities etc. I view AAC as a way to support verbal communication and language development for children with CAS. In my community, I am able to consult with AAC specialists at the children's hospital to collaborate about the most appropriate AAC support. Low-tech options include the use of visuals and writing. Higher tech options include more complex programs used on an IPAD (e.g. Touch Chat). My goal is to support a client with the most functional communication system for their skills at that moment, all while continuing to build their communication capacity.