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- 124 Wellbrook Boulevard
- Eaves Speech
My treatment approach for kids with CAS begins with meeting them where they are. I try to focus on their strengths and build upon that foundation. Therapy usually starts with focused practice on a small number of targets, quite often words that are important to the child, such as their own name or a favourite toy or activity, things that carry meaning. I continue to add more sounds and syllable shapes as we go and gear the practice toward the ultimate goal of being able to use their new sounds in everyday talking. I use approaches that include DTTC, the Kaufman method, and ReST to help children meet their goals. I am also PROMPT trained and have found this to be beneficial as another tool to help the kids I work with. My overall approach to CAS therapy is to utilize whatever methods work best for each individual child.
My involvement in the apraxia community is continually expanding. I have joined numerous Facebook groups involving children with apraxia, their parents, and fellow speech-language pathologists. As well, I follow several prominent SLPs on Instagram to have a constant flow of new ideas and educational opportunities. Lastly, I have been accepted into the 2020 Apraxia Kids Canadian Intensive Training Institute (postponed until 2021).
I am in constant contact with parents and caregivers. They play an important part in a child’s treatment plan. If they are not present for the session, I work to provide written or verbal updates shortly thereafter. I provide suggestions to work on with their child, and I am available at any time for questions. As well, in-school sessions provide the opportunity for school personnel to observe aspects of the session and to work with the child throughout the week at school.
The children that I have seen for CAS have not been AAC users. I would, however, like to take additional coursework to expand my knowledge of AAC use for children with CAS.