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- 2505 W. Shaw Ave, Suite 101, Building A
- Aspire Speech & Learning Center
The severity of the CAS will be the indicator of where to start treatment. I typically start with a small group of functional words or phrases (typically 5-10) that will be the most meaningful to the child. This requires working closely with the parents/caregivers to determine what these words are. The words may be altered to produce age-appropriate approximations if needed based on their phonemic inventory and oral motor capabilities. Based on the assessment, treatment will start where the child is successful and work to build confidence while also allowing the child to be challenged. Additional supports for verbal productions are provided as necessary, often visual or tactile in nature. In conjunction with the verbal productions, alternative and augmentative communication systems are explored with the family to determine the best options for improving basic communication of wants and needs by the child in the home and/or school environments.
Since graduation in December 2014, I have been on a continual journey to learn about diagnosis and treatment of CAS. It is a process that started from necessity (a child with CAS was placed on my caseload) and has grown from that interest. I'm continually looking to improve my knowledge of treatment and diagnosis in this area.
Parent education is a must in the treatment of CAS as insurance providers do not often provide coverage for the needed intensity of treatment. Parents are an integral part of the therapy process in that they report information needed for assessment, provide input on the most meaningful words/phrases to teach when therapy is initially beginning, receive education and training for continuing therapy at home, as well as provide input on treatment plans and progress reports.
As AAC is another area of interest, I enjoy exploring the different options, both low and high tech, to help my clients. I have worked with low tech options such as: manual signs, basic ASL, and communication boards. I have also worked with higher tech options such as ProLoQuo2Go and Touch Chat apps on the iPad.