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- 6670 Alessandro Boulevard., Suite G
- Riverside Children's Speech Services
I begin the therapeutic process by offering a free 30-minute consultation. This serves a dual purpose: it allows us to get to know each other and mutually decide whether it would likely be a successful therapeutic relationship and it allows me to gain valuable observational insights into your child as I interact with them in a stress-free play activity. If we agree that we would like to move forward in creating a therapeutic relationship, I will make recommendations for when an evaluation should occur during that consultation. With some young children, a brief period of trial therapy can help them to adjust to the new person (me) and environment (my office), resulting in a more accurate evaluation as compared to completing said evaluation immediately before a trusting relationship is established.
I participated in a local Walk for Apraxia in 2016, have been a member of the Apraxia Kids SLP Directory for the past 4 years, and have attended the past two Apraxia Kids National Conferences.
Parents are encouraged and welcome to sit in sessions whenever possible. This is especially important in the early therapy sessions as I provide a lot of information including the rational behind my use of various treatment methods/strategies as well as information regarding the diagnosis and any additional recommendations I have. If parents are unable to sit in on a sessions, I conduct a brief consultation at the end of session to review important information, including your child’s successes for the day, a description of home practice, and any other recommendations I may have.
I have worked with children who come to me with a range of AAC experiences ranging from no experience to use of 5-100+ signs, to high tech speech-generating devices/iPad apps. For children who do not currently have an AAC option, I work with the family to determine the most appropriate plan for incorporating AAC in order to facilitate overall successful communication while still addressing motor speech in my sessions with the child.