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- 325 West South Boulder Road, Suite B4
- Cheryl Rowan Speech Therapy
I have studied CAS extensively due to going through the treatment process with my son; having the benefit of having a child with CAS on my caseload for 2 years during grad school; and continuing now in my own practice. I use a combination of DTTC (Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing) and PROMPT. I find them to work very effectively together. I have had great success with the Kaufman cards and use them almost always with children with a dx of CAS or suspected CAS. Sessions are typically 30 minutes, minimum 2 times a week (more if possible, depends on family situation).
Progress is monitored carefully. When possible, I make a great effort to include targets that are functional for the child and the family. I feel this is actually the best way to make an impact and keep everyone motivated and moving forward together. Keeping the child motivated is so important!
My son (now 16) was diagnosed with CAS at age 2 (too young, in my opinion now). I am an academic over-achiever and although I was entirely unfamiliar with the field of Speech-language Pathology, I embarked on a mission to help him. I found a wonderful SLP who worked with him for 3 years, 4 hours a week. I joined every single therapy session and learned a ton. From sign language, to sounds, to speaking, learning to read -- I've been through it all with my own child. I became so enamored with the field that I decided to become an SLP myself. Because of my personal experience, I have always sought out opportunities to learn more about CAS. I always keep up with the most recent research, and nothing gives me more joy than helping children and families through this tough journey (really!).
I encourage parents to join me and their child in the therapy room every session. When I worked in early intervention, I truly learned that parent involvement makes the process more effective, efficient and better for everyone. If parent cannot join the session, I provide a short handwritten note of what we worked on. When appropriate, I provide opportunities for practice at home. Some parents are craving more information, in these cases I direct them to evidence-based resources that provide accurate information. I have some parents who want to get ahead of the curve, and in these case I provide ideas on what they can do now to help mitigate potential literacy difficulties down the road.
I have always had great success with sign language. I do believe that largely due to learning it as a parent of child with CAS, and experiencing such joy seeing my young child successfully use sign to communicate, it is such a natural thing for me to incorporate into therapy and easy for me to teach parents how to teach their own children at home (in therapy isn't enough)