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- Santos Ford
- 645 Tamalpais Dr, Suite B
- Speech Therapy Marin, Inc (Speech, Marin)
Assessment: Your child will undergo an initial, informal assessment with Denise who will recommend therapy (or not) and determine appropriate frequency and type of therapy. Upon beginning sessions, a few weeks of diagnostic therapy will occur in which more assessment information will be gathered as well as development of the treatment plan and determining baseline measures. After these initial few weeks, the parents, primary therapist and often, Denise, will meet to discuss findings and treatment plan. At this time, families will be provided with a detailed report and specific treatment goals.
Progress: Families will meet with the primary therapist, and often, Denise, to discuss progress from the previous quarter of therapy and treatment goals for the next quarter of therapy. Parents will receive a written report detailing the progress and future treatment objectives.
Treatment Techniques: Each child's therapy plan is individualized and will pull from a variety of evidenced based methods that match the child's current needs.
One of my first patients began with me at 18 months old. After some treatment, I diagnosed her with CAS. Her case was my first step into the world of CAS. After some years I attended the Apraxia Kids Bootcamp. Since then I have served as a community resource for families, clinicians and graduate students. I have have participated in walks and have organized walk teams. I take graduate interns each semester to be sure our new graduates are equipped with knowledge about CAS and have started an intensive summer camp at my clinic for children with CAS. I present at conferences and am continually offering my support to the Apraxia Kids community.
I prefer to leave the heavy lifting to the therapists. I want home practice to be a positive experience. Parents are provided home carryover binders that offer ideas, suggestions, activities for parents to practice what their child is succeeding in during therapy. These may include words/word approximations for children earlier on their CAS journey or it may include game night carrier phrases for our children farther into treatment.
We use high and low tech AAC with our patients, when appropriate. This may include use of signs, picture boards or even speech generating devices. We want to be sure that language growth isn't stunted by delayed speech acquisition. We will drop the use of AAC or promote its use depending on the current needs of the child.