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- 235 Union Street East
- Wee Talk Preschool Speech and Language System and Paths 2 Communication
"Overall, my guiding principles to treatment are based on the needs of the child and family; includes the whole child; and it is firmly rooted in a communication and relationship based framework. A holistic, play-based, developmental approach provides the foundation for assessment and treatment that is evidence based and efficient. Specific treatment approaches that are utilized include PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets, Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC), Kaufmanâ€™s Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP), Multi-sensorial Approach (David Hammer), and ReST (Rapid Syllable Transition Treatment). These are all practiced within the current research of the principles of motor learning (PML) as it applies to motor speech.
Treatment targets functional communication which may include the use of pictures, gestures and augmentative communication devices. Research indicates that this type of support assists the development of motor speech and facilitates communication development.
Basically this means that you have access to a variety of types of assessment and treatment approaches that have been shown to have improvements. Your child's treatment can vary based on what is indicated in the assessment, family interview and progress during treatment."
Involvement in the apraxia community? My involvement in the apraxia community is based in sharing resources, materials and social media information with the families that we journey with. In my role, I have the opportunity to supervise students, supervise CDAs and provide support to fellow SLPs in our area which also contributes to growing the strength of the apraxia community both in number and in knowledge.
How are parents involved in treatment? Due to principles of motor learning and my delivery of evidence-based services that are efficient, a parent or caregiver is required to attend and actively participate in each session. In the role of support person, the parent/caregiver is trained to listen and watch in order to provide appropriate cues and practice according to the individualized treatment targets and scheduled â€œdosesâ€. Practice is designed to be fun and full support is provided to develop a growing level of independence and confidence in practicing. (The exception is ReST where evidence suggests parent involvement is not effective with current procedures.)
How do you use AAC with kids with CAS? Treatment targets functional communication which may include the use of pictures, gestures and augmentative communication devices. Research indicates that this type of support assists the development of motor speech and facilitates communication development.