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- 171 Saxony Road, #209
For children with childhood apraxia of speech, I always like to ask my parents to give me a list of 10 "power words". These are words that not only help reduce frustration for the child and parents, but also provide meaning and independence to the child's communication. "Power words" become the primary word targets as I begin treatment with a child who has apraxia. I use a variety of multi-modal treatment strategies, including DTTC and PROMPT. Once a child is able to demonstrate a word target with little to no assistance, I like to send these words back for home practice. I truly believe that treatment works best when the therapist is able to collaborate with the family closely.
I am in charge of our social media account at our clinic. I try to spread awareness about apraxia through our social media account. I plan to continue posting valuable information about apraxia through our website as I feel childhood apraxia of speech is still unknown to many people in our community.
I like to have my parents observe sessions so they can see what strategies their child responds best to. Once a child is able to say a target word with little to no assistance, I like to have my parents help with the generalization phase of treatment by having their child practice their mastered words at home.
I find that AAC is a helpful tool for children who require additional tools to support their communication. I have experience teaching manual signs to younger children, as well as using high tech devices with older children. I have lots of specific experience in using Proloquo2Go as well. However, I understand that every child is unique and careful assessments are needed in order to determine the best AAC option for a child.