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- 2057 Valleydale Road, Suite 103
- Expressions Pediatric Therapy
I like to work with parents to determine a core vocabulary list that is meaningful and relevant to the child and the parent. Sometimes, it's necessary to find approximations for words with structures that would be too complex for early targets. I then select a handful of those to target each session. Since different things work for different kids, sometimes a therapy session looks like the child and I sitting at the therapy table and doing lots of practice with 5-10 picture stimulus cards (like the Kauffman cards), and sometimes it looks like playing Pop-Up Pirate in the floor and working on just the word "pop" for the whole session. I incorporate strategies from DTTC, like multisensory cues and fading from us saying the word at the same time together to the child filling in the blank at the end of a sentence with the target word. I know that based on the principle of motor learning, it's best to practice practice practice the exact skill that you want a child to be able to do, and I try to do that the best I can while also making therapy something that my kids actually want to come and do.
Currently, my only past and present involvement has just been working with a handful of clients that I suspected had apraxia in graduate school and in my clinical practice since then. I have watched a lot of Dr. Strand's content on YouTube and want to do more to help the kids on my caseload who likely have CAS. I intend to become more involved by following the lead of the apraxia-kids.org site and education offered on here.
I like to work with parents to determine a core vocabulary list that is meaningful and relevant to the child and the parent. Many times parents stay in the sessions so they know exactly what we worked on and can carry that over at home. With certain kids, it's turned out that their behavior is better when only one adult is in the room, and I still make sure to have parents come in at the end of those sessions to review what we did. I strive to always assign actionable home practice so that parents know exactly what they can do to help their kids each week.
I have received training in the LAMP method and the software, and implement this with several of my clients. I also tend to model manual signs along with verbal core words for my early language clients. I love to make low-and high-tech AAC available to all of my clients, even those who are making progress with verbal speech.