When treating a child with CAS, we attain a phonetic inventory with your child's consonant and vowel productions below the single word level. We develop targets at your child's speech sound level (e.g., CV, CVCV) for each phoneme (speech sound). Using the principles of motor learning, we use multimodal cues and prompts to elicit successful repetitious drills of each sound and aim for hundreds of trials each session. We strategically work our way up the speech hierarchy starting below the single word level and increasing the syllabic and linguistic complexity as we progress in therapy.
After attending Apraxia Kids' National Conference in 2017, I have become more involved in the CAS community. In 2019, I supported the Northern California Walk and walked alongside several of my clients and their families. I hope to continue my involvement with the walks, attend ApraxiaKids trainings and bootcamps, and hopefully become involved in research and development.
I strongly encourage parents to be directly involved in each of my treatment sessions. I provide them with the tools and strategies to motivate their child to produce speech sound targets, listen for accuracy of sounds, and provide them with the specific targets to successfully practice generalization at home.
All communication is honored and I work together with families to use all modalities to communicate. I use my AAC device to communicate and model language with children who are learning to use their low tech and/or high tech devices.