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- San Juan
- 4141 B Street, Suite 202
- Achieve Speech Therapy, LLC
I strive to integrate a child's interests into therapy activities, as well as making target sounds/words relevant and functional. My therapy technique focuses more on positive reinforcement, and I often describe it as saying "yes" (most of the time) with some conditions. In other words, whatever is engaging and motivating to the child is incorporated into therapy activities as long as the child is able to work toward their goal. I also use a motor based approach (DTTC) and incorporate the principles of motor learning during treatment. I am also experienced in using the ReST (Rapid Syllable Transition) for children who are older (at least 4 years of age) and have more of a mild-moderate CAS diagnosis.
I am a 2018 Apraxia-Kids Bootcamp Graduate, and strive to serve children with CAS and their families, as well as collaborate and assist other clinicians in diagnosing and treating children with CAS in the State of Alaska.
Parents are always welcome to sit in therapy sessions as long as the child's progress is not adversely affected. I focus on modeling techniques and empowering parents with effective cueing strategies so that they can successfully practice target sounds, words/phrases in the home environment.
I will often start with a low-tech option initially such as a communication book with picture symbols, and then upgrade to a dedicated speech-generating device. I believe in providing a vocabulary-rich environment and using AAC and/or signs to model language as well as to provide children with a tool to communicate. I also use a Total Communication Approach (signs, AAC, word approximations) to honor whichever communication choice the child selects. My focus initially is always on functional communication first, and providing children with an option that they will use across all settings.