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- 27 Robertson Drive
- 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 Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC), PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets, Kaufman’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 I have knowledge and training in a variety of types of treatment approaches that have been shown to have improvements and I vary what is needed based on the child’s needs indicated in the assessment, family interview and progress during treatment.
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. I have also recently attended Apraxia Kids Boot Camp and I am looking forward to being involved in additional community activities.
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 “doses”. 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 parent involvement is not effective.)
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. AAC devices are available in session to trial a variety of programs. If a high tech device is required long term, a referral can be made to the appropriate clinic.