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- Western Road
- H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic
My treatment approach is a multi-sensory approach. Many children with CAS need a variety of types of prompting (e.g., visual, tactile, verbal) to facilitate their productions of sounds and words. I also focus on both functional language use and the production of sounds and sound sequences. I believe it is important for children to feel empowered by their communication attempts; therefore, in therapy I like to focus on teaching some word approximations for basic every day functional language such as “I want…”, “more”, “all done”, “my turn”, names of family members, etc… It is also important to work on their use of new sounds and to practice new sound sequences or words that are challenging for them. My therapy is play based with the goal though of getting as many repetitions of targets as possible during a therapy session.
I participated in the Apraxia Kids boot camp in 2016. I supported my fellow boot camper, Brooke Rea, in her Apraxia Walks Guelph for 2 years. In my current role at Western University I supervise many SLP students in their clinical placements with our preschool population. Most of the clients on my caseload either have CAS or significant motor speech difficulties. I routinely share the Apraxia Kids resources with my students and encourage them to become involved either with Apraxia Kids directly or at least motivate them enough to want to work with this population of children after they graduate.
It is important for parents to be a part of every therapy session so that they are able to practice the goals daily at home. When parents are present in the sessions they are better able to use the cuing/prompting that works best for their child at home. It also shows the child that it is important to practice with parents and not only the therapist.