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- 400 Woolwich Street, Suite 4
- Rebecca Thompson, Speech-Language Pathologist
My treatment approach varies depending upon the needs of the child, but in all cases incorporates the principals of motor learning, integral stimulation, and a focus on movement patterns across syllables and prosody. I use DTTC and I also draw upon my PROMPT background and use tactile cues as needed as a way of supporting movement transitions. I also use the ReST treatment approach for children whose needs and abilities fit with that program. 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.
Providing children with CAS with alternate ways of communicating and clarifying their message needs to be a central part of therapy to support communication and reduce frustration. In the early days with late talking toddlers for whom CAS is suspected, I encourage families to use sign. I also have Words for Life and Proloquotogo available in sessions to support communication and to trial potential options for the family. I make referrals to the AAC clinic in my community so families can access higher tech devices. I also use low tech clarification books for students who are quite verbal but need to give their listener context to help them understand.