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- 5655 Lindero Canyon Road, Suite 106-5
- Convey Speech
Therapy targets articulatory movement - the principals of motor learning rather than a sound. Through assessment and observations, target movement patterns which are noted to be at a deficit serve as the basis for determining the functional individualized words which are to be practiced. Activities are designed to maximize the number of productions in conjunction with a hierarchy of visual, verbal and tactile cues. As accurate production increases, cues are faded. The child is also provided with extrinsic and intrinsic feedback to help develop self-monitoring skills with the goal to have eventual independence.
My past involvement in the Apraxia community has been through supporting current research and therapeutic trends by attending various trainings at conferences and on-line presentations as well as reading resource material by Pam Marshalla. I would like to attend the Apraxia Kids National Conference to ensure that I am up-to-date on the latest diagnosis and treatment options. I also feel that I am professionally in a place to expand my knowledge base and attend Apraxia Boot Camp. I have a link on my professional website to Apraxia Kids to provide families access to evidenced-based information about CAS as well as support groups. I would like to also participate in the Walk for Apraxia fundraiser.
I prefer to have caregivers present in the clinic room. Caregiver participation in hands-on activities and direct observations elevate their confidence to help the child outside of the therapy room. It is also very important to provide the caregivers with an opportunity to ask questions so that they better understand the therapeutic process. Additionally, specific motor targets or core words are assigned each week depending on the session.
I incorporate AAC use depending on the needs of the child. It is paramount to establish functional communication so that a child can have their needs meet without relying on aberrant behavior. Many years ago, I had formal training in the Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) and I find this to be the foundation of low AAC devices. Through the use of Smarty Ears’ Custom Boards, I provide and instruct families on how to use choice boards while continuing to develop verbal language. In regard to high tech, I have used and programed Proloquo2Go for children who present with severely impaired speech production. However, I would look to an AAC specialist/SLP to determine which high-tech device would be most beneficial for an individual with severe CAS.