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- Site 600 Comp 213 RR6 St Main
- Sheila Hosain - Speech Language Pathologist
My treatment approach for working with children with CAS or suspected CAS incorporates principles of motor learning, thoughtful goal selection, activities that the child enjoys, and a variety of cuing strategies. My goal in treatment meet children where they are at and use my specialized skills to help move them forward as effective communicators. I use the DTTC (Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cuing) approach to treatment, PROMPT, and other treatment strategies depending on the strategies to which the child responds best. Functional goals are selected specific to the child and to their current speech repertoires and skill sets. Treatment sessions involve direct practice of goals embedded in play, games, and other engaging activities. I provide in-person and virtual treatment sessions, or a combination of the two. Parents are encouraged to be involved in treatment sessions and are provided with speech targets and ideas for home practice.
Working with kids with CAS has been a passion of mine since completing my SLP Master's of Science program at McGill University in 2002. I am a 2012 Apraxia Kids Bootcamp graduate and this experience helped to grow my skills and passion for working with kids with CAS. I have worked for nearly 20 years in healthcare with preschoolers with CAS and other speech-language difficulties and am branching out into private practice in Saskatoon, SK, Canada. I have taken part in the Saskatchewan Walk for Apraxia for the last 3 years and attended the 2021 Apraxia Kids Conference. I am connected to Apraxia Kids Canada and strive to continue supporting kids with CAS in Canada.
I encourage parents to be involved in the speech therapy process in many ways. Parents know their child best and are able to provide valuable information regarding their child's interests, strengths and areas of need. Parents are encouraged to observe and join in treatment sessions, participate in the selection of functional speech goals for their child, and actively support their child's speech skills at home using recommended targets and finding ways to incorporate practice into their routines. I enjoy creatively problem-solving with parents to find a treatment approach and home programming options that work for the child and the family.
I have primarily used low tech AAC to support kids with communication as they build their speech skills. The low tech AAC I have used includes, pictures and picture communication books used at home, in the community and in speech sessions to supplement speech. Typically I would refer to an AAC specialist to support high tech AAC. The majority of kids that I have personally worked with have only required low tech AAC for a short time frame to bridge the gap.