No Records Found
Sorry, no records were found. Please adjust your search criteria and try again.
Google Map Not Loaded
Sorry, unable to load Google Maps API.
- 2055 Anderson Road
- Alma Language & Literacy
My therapy protocol for a child with moderate to severe CAS includes not only addressing speech-motor planning but all communication needs. It is important for children to have the ability to demonstrate their understanding, knowledge, and skills, which is why using alternative means of communication via communication books and/or communication apps is included in the therapy plan. Speech-motor planning is targeted using carefully selected words/phrases based on the child's mastered and emerging sounds/syllable shapes with motivating activities and games paired with high energy and positive reinforcement. Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing is used to improve speech-motor planning, generalization, and intelligibility. Receptive phonemic awareness (understanding that words are made of individual sounds), answering/asking questions, sentence structure, and increasing vocabulary is targeted each session using alternative communication methods. Early implementation of alternative communication methods decreases the occurrence of failed communication attempts and and provides the child with means to demonstrate what they know but cannot verbally express. While speech-motor planning will take time and effort, simultaneously building language and preliteracy skills using alternative communication systems will provide a foundation for social and academic success.
As a speech therapist I have shared Apraxia Kids' many resources with parents/guardians. In 2020 I became a part of the Apraxia Kids Diversity Committee in order to share my experiences working with bilingual/bicultural children with CAS. I plan to increase my involvement by assisting underserved communities in promoting local apraxia awareness.
Parents/guardians are involved with goal planning and often included in therapy sessions. It is important that parents/guardians see their child's hard work and success and understand why and how their speech is improving.
I always integrate light tech and high tech AAC into speech therapy sessions when a child with CAS is experiencing frustration due to unintelligibility. I utilize light tech communication books such as PODD, core boards/posters, light tech print outs of high tech systems, and/or high tech communication apps/devices. Introducing AAC early can help a child with CAS demonstrate their receptive knowledge and understanding to communication partners, and offers opportunities for accommodations to verbal tasks/activities. I have experience funding/dedicating high tech devices in both the medical and school-based settings.