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- Avital (Tali)
- 51 Botham Road
- The Speak Boutique
I use a very story-based therapy approach. I seek out very repetitive books whose contents lend themselves to the movements I am targeting in therapy. e.g. The book "Oh No!" by Bronwen Scarffe or "Boo Hoo" by Joan Holub if I am targeting lip rounding. Prior to the book, we start the session off with a drill that incorporates the session's primary targets. We follow up the book with a repetitive/story-based craft and then a thematically related game. Review of the craft becomes the child's homework. Thus, children have a routine in which they know what to expect/feel safe within our sessions, even though the specific activities vary weekly according to their progress. I build in motor breaks where possible. Target selection is based heavily on the Motor Speech Hierarchy. I do target testing every 10th week of therapy to bolster monitoring of progress.
I am an active participant in social media groups that support the Apraxia Community, such as Apraxia Kids, Apraxia Kids Canada etc., Childhood Apraxia Treatment and Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
Parents are present in almost all of my therapy sessions. I spend time demonstrating the activities, and often have them directly participate during sessions.
I have referred children to Bloorview Kids, a local center well versed in AAC devices, based on their recommendations, we incorporate the AAC into our therapy sessions and the child's home life.