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- Stewman Hayes
- 311 W. Spring
The first session or two, I build a relationship with the child. I believe the child needs to trust me in order to attempt many imitations per session. During the first session, I frequently have them imitate the sounds/words at the level where they are currently to build their confidence in my therapy room. I strongly believe the relationship between the SLP and the child can alter the child’s success or lack thereof. My personal treatment approach is a combination of several apraxia treatment programs. I use parts of DTTC, PROMPT, and Kaufman to reach the child. Obviously each child’s treatment differs according to what they need and what they respond to best. I use cues, cues, cues...visual, tactile, gestural- whatever it takes for the child to be successful in his production of the target sound.
Recently, I became very passionate about CAS and think it is very interesting. I feel the work I do with kids with apraxia is life changing. I am currently in the process of thinking about the support this group could offer to new parents, established parents, and the kids.
Homework is sent to the parents of the kids that I see in a preschool. I also send articles or handouts regarding apraxia to them. My personal cell number is provided for them to reach me to ask questions. The parents of the kids that I see at my private office are also provided with at-home exercises and apraxia information. These parents are welcome to join each therapy session. Most of the parents at my private practice do attend each session. During therapy, I explain why we are doing each activity and how they can carryover these activities at home.
I have used single pictures to teach kids to request needs or wants for the younger kids at the beginning of their therapy with me. As the kid progresses or if it is an older kid, we work on them using AAC on a device such as the iPad. I prefer Proloquo2Go or CoughDrop app. I have also been to a LAMP training but have not utilized it in therapy.