My motor therapy for apraxia is a play-based functional approach using DTTC. In my therapy room everything is child and family-centered. Parents and family are encouraged to be an active part of therapy and parent education is a very important part of my therapy sessions.
My caseload has been 100% apraxia for the past 7 years and I spend a lot of time traveling the country presenting and teaching others how to treat CAS. I enjoy putting together socials for families to get to know one another in our community. I have been an active participant in the Apraxia Walks in the past (pre-COVID) and have presented at the Apraxia Kids Conference. On occasion, I have availability to do apraxia intensives here in Colorado, please reach our for more information.
100% everyday and always parents, siblings, grandparents and nannies are involved! I believe this is one of the most important pieces for the most amount of progress possible! They are a part in everything we do, parent education is KEY!
For young children with limited speech I immediately implement sign language to make sure we can fully help them understand the power of communication. I will use visual schedules and timers to help them understand what we are doing and what is expected as well as give them some choices. I have several children that we began using TouchChat with at a young age to work on labeling, commenting and requesting. I typically reserve PECS for children that have lower receptive language skills. My view is that all modalities are best early on and we continue with what works best for each individual child and family as needed.