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- Bal Swan Children's Center
After the evaluation process, treatment is individualized to match the child's needs, style of learning, and strengths. Treatment frequency also is child dependent. Principles of speech motor learning are incorporated in therapy to achieve correct speech movement. Therapy will include visual cues (e.g., watch me), verbal cues (e.g., round your lips), and tactile cues (e.g., touch your lower lip with your teeth) among other techniques. Repetition and frequent practice is also an important part of the therapy process. Explanation of therapy techniques will be provided to the parent, as well as the child when appropriate.
I participated in a Childhood Apraxia of Speech Advanced Training Workshop by Dr. Edythe Strand, hosted by The University of Arizona. I worked and continue to work with children with CAS. I stay informed on recent research and best practices regarding the diagnosis and treatment of CAS.
Parents are an essential part of the therapy process. Parents are encouraged to join therapy sessions to observe and learn the strategies used in therapy. SLP also provides strategies and education to parents after sessions to help parents and caregivers work on speech production at home.
I have used low and high tech AAC devices with children with CAS who were minimally verbal or were verbal but highly unintelligible. AAC is used to establish a communication modality that would help the child communicate with their environment and express their wants and needs while working on verbal production.