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- 3401 Quebec Street, Suite 4500
- Brainstorm Therapy Services
My approach to treatment of CAS is very collaborative with the family. We begin with a comprehensive evaluation of the child’s motor-speech production, which includes assessment of their oral-motor planning/production, articulation/phonological abilities, and spontaneous speech sound production during conversation. All of this allows us to be sure of the accurate diagnosis and best treatment approach for your child. Once we have established our goals for therapy, we work collaboratively to identify an early core vocabulary of words that will most help your child to be successful in daily communication (think: names of family/friends, favorite foods, toys, and important daily needs). I use a variety of evidence-based treatment methods to help your child acquire new sounds and increase their clarity of speech. Most importantly, I will get to know your child, their interests, their learning style, and their role within your family. I will tailor every therapy session to your child and family’s unique learning style and needs. We will continue to expand on your child’s repertoire of sounds and words, with ongoing home practice to help your child carryover new skills outside of the therapy room.
I have volunteered my time and money to support research and development in the field of Childhood Apraxia of Speech, as well as Acquired Apraxia of Speech in adults. I continually seek out new and best evidence to improve my evaluation and treatment of apraxia across the lifespan.
Parents play a key role in treatment of CAS, and pediatric speech therapy in general! From our initial evaluation to the long-term treatment process, I will provide ongoing education so you can better understand where your child is in their therapy journey. I also provide parent coaching and home-practice materials so that you can maximize your child’s progress in therapy. Our weekly sessions are so small compared to the amount of time you spend with your child every day, so it’s essential that I help you understand the therapeutic process and give you the tools to support them.
AAC can play an incredibly helpful role early on and throughout the therapeutic process. For younger children who are very difficult to understand, I will often implement use of signs to empower your child to express their daily wants and needs. For older children who are difficult to understand, I have implemented high-tech AAC approaches, including use of iPad/tablet apps and dedicated AAC devices (such as Tobii Dynavox). Our goal is always for these approaches to supplement your child’s communication, and never to be a replacement for verbal communication.