"My treatment approach varies depeding upon the needs of the child, but it incorporates the principals of motor learning, integral stimulation, and a focus on movement patterns across syllables and prosody. I have just recently completed the video series on DTTC, and found this to be very similar to how I have been treating very young or very severe children with CAS for many years.
I also draw upon my PROMPT background and use tactile cues as needed as a way of supporting movement transitions. I am also looking forward to using the ReST approach for the first time with a client starting in the new year. I feel that my varied background and experience allows me to approach each client's needs as an individual, while always maintaining a focus on the core deficits of CAS and evidence based approaches for treatment."
I have created an online program that provides education and community for parents raising a child with Apraxia. I also sponsor and volunteer with the local Apraxia Walk and provide clinical training for graduate students in Speech-Language Pathology.
Supporting parents to bring their best to parenting their child with Apraxia is a key component to the therapy process. I have created an online parent program that helps parents connect with other parents on the same path, equip themselves with skills for supporting therapy at home, and feel sure that they are doing all they can for their kids. This can be used on its own or to supplement that work that we may do together in the clinic.
I encourage families to use sign with their toddlers when they are late to talk and are showing red flags for CAS. I make referrals to the AAC clinic in my community so families can access higher tech devices. I have Proloquotogo to use in sessions with children, and have also had words for life in the past. I also use low tech clarification books for students who are quite verbal but need to give their listener context to help them understand.