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- Naomi Ester
- 17609 Ventura Blvd. Suite #302
- Achieve Speech Associates, Inc.
First and foremost I try to build a strong relationship with the child to establish trust, engagement and attention. I encourage parents/caregivers to participate in all sessions if possible. My treatment approach includes principles of motor learning, mass/blocked practice, DTTC and multisensory cueing including verbal, visual, gestural and tactile cues, which are gradually faded as accuracy increases. I use PROMPT cues to provide tactile-kinesthetic cues and provide parent education and practice during sessions. Depending on the child’s specific needs, I incorporate signs, picture communication and alternative communication devices to assist in communication success. I provide each child with a list of functional communication words/phrases to use and incorporate in daily life.
I have particapted in CAS courses at ASHA and CSHA conferences. I attended the 2019 Apraxia Kids National Conference in Pittsburgh. I am trained in PROMPT Level 1 and Bridging. I have provided small parent support groups for CAS and have been a guest lecturer at local ABA companies to discuss CAS and other speech-language disorders. I supervise undergraduate and graduate level student clinicians from local universities and educate them on CAS. It is my passion to provide continued support and awareness for apraxia to our local community.
Parents and caregivers are highly encouraged to attend all sessions and are provided opportunities to engage and practice with their child during each session. It is my goal to assist parents to feel confident in order to carry over skills in their home environment. Parents are provided functional core words to practice at home. Should alternative communication devices be recommended, I help parents find the recourses to obtain the device and assist them in programming their device.
I am familiar with PECS, Go Talk Now, Proloque and have created communication boards for many children with sCAS/CAS or minimally verbal children.