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- 450 Speedvale Ave West, #110
- Childhood Apraxia & Speech Therapy Centre
My approach to therapy is to provide excellence through evidence-based methods, in a supportive and caring, family-friendly environment. I believe therapy should be challenging but exciting, individualized, and goal-oriented. I encourage families and children attending therapy to celebrate their hard-work and accomplishments. I also encourage families to network with others to create a community of support in their journey with CAS. I combine the therapy approaches including Dynamic Temporal & Tactile Cueing (DTTC) and Rapid Syllable Transition Training (ReST) with contributions from my training in the Principles of Motor Learning (PML) and PROMPT.
I have been heavily involved with the Guelph Walk for Apraxia since 2014 and am the founder of the Ontario Professional & Parent Education Network for CAS (OPPEN CAS). I also support families and professionals in Canada through my work on the board of Apraxia Kids Canada and Apraxia Kids Professional Advisory Council.
Parents are involved in therapy planning and activities, and are able to observe session from an audio-equipped observation room or directly in session. I encourage all caregivers involved with a child to attend sessions at some point so they can better understand what is involved and help to provide support outside of the therapy setting. I welcome extended family members as well as professionals such as daycare providers, teachers, extracurricular activity providers, therapists, etc. I involve parents in goal setting and home programming development, as well as carry-out of home programming, to ensure it is practical and manageable. I encourage communication beyond the therapy room as well, being available by phone and email as needed.
I have used both high and low tech AAC devices with my clients with CAS although not to the extent I'd like to, having met Anne at bootcamp. It is one of my next professional goals. Namely I have used picture communication boards or symbols, but also sign/gesture. I also use a few ipad apps and am familiar (but don't personally own) ProLoQuo2Go. I currently have 2 clients who have AAC high tech devices that we incorporate into session. I am very diligent in encouraging families to seek out AAC supports early in our therapeutic relationship but resources here are scarce. I have considered becoming an individual authorizer but have not yet taken this on.