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- Boulder, CO
- Creative Strategies, Inc.
I have found that all children, regardless of what specific speech-language goals they have, do best if they are internally motivated to learn. I believe in establishing rapport with the child, and creating confidence in their ability to learn and to try to learn-- such that the parents can help support the child at home-- increasing the frequency of the child's practice and improving generalization of therapy. This might mean practice embedded in daily routines and/or short bursts of more structured practice. I build therapy goals based on what the child CAN do, and then match where the child is and then give them a boost. I believe strongly that "movement wires the brain"; therapy sessions incorporate movement in some form-- whether the movement is contributing to the organization of speech and/or if it is a break. I incorporate different approaches in my treatment of CAS, including experience with DTTC, PROMPT, and Kaufman. Sessions work to support words, phrases, sentences that are meaningful and functional to the child and family.
I am currently working with children who have apraxia of speech. I stay current on recent articles and continued education topics related to CAS, as well as receive coaching from SLP mentors in the community.
I enjoy forming partnerships with families, developing therapy strategies that value input from caregivers, and supporting children in their everyday lives. My goal is for parents to feel supported by therapy sessions and empowered to help their child with practice; I work with families to develop home practice strategies that will increase the child's progress without overwhelming families. Strategies are meaningful to both parents and the child.
I have used low-tech AAC with children who have CAS. Examples include: PECS for visual schedules and daily routines where the child incorporated the picture into a functional phrase as his therapy progressed; using a Dynavox with a child who was able to produce very few CV syllable shapes at age 30 months, and the Dynavox helped him practice longer sentences despite not being able to vocalize the entire sentence; using PECS in a binder for a 24 month-old child so that he could choose food items, books, activities, etc.