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- 285 Chateau Drive
- Effective Communication
I have 19 years experience treating CAS. I worked for and trained under Nancy Kaufman in West Bloomfield, Michigan. I use the Kaufman Speech Praxis method, but add tactile cues when needed. I am PROMPT trained and have used this approach to achieve some exciting and successful results. I vary my treatment approach depending on what the child needs. Expressive and receptive language skills are always on my radar and targeted once speech production is under way. I introduce early literacy skills and AAC techniques early in the therapy process, to help the child become academically successful. My goal for each therapy session is to not only get the maximum responses from the child, but to educate the family so that the child will be successful in the home environment.
I have a private FB Page for my parents to converse and ask questions with other parents of children with CAS. We try to have play dates throughout the year. My private practice has had a team and encouraged parents to form teams for our Rocket City Walk for Apraxia. I point parents to the Apraxia Kids support system.
I always incorporate the family in my therapy process. I like for as many family members as possible to observe and learn the techniques. A good support system is not only desired, but imperative to the success of the child. Parents are given a strong home plan and guided through the therapy process. Parents are the experts on their child and I consider parents as partners in the therapy process.
I use low tech AAC boards with all my CAS kiddos. I incorporate book reading and emergent literacy skills along with the boards. I pull target words from the books and begin to teach not only the words, but key sentence structure, thoughts and feelings through the boards. I do have children that use high tech devices, but I use low tech more frequently,