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- 8183 E. Tempest Ridge Way
- Connect the Tots
In the beginning, I try to facilitate repetitive practice in treatment focusing on a core vocabulary with specific syllable sequences and motor movement patterns. I use visual, verbal, and tactile prompts to assist in the accuracy of these sequences. I try to use activities/games that are naturally repetitive. As things progress, I begin to try to generalize those same syllable sequences using distributed practice to see if they can still maintain the pattern when used randomly.
Attended/participated in Walk for Apraxia, part of the Apraxia Kids Colorado Facebook Group, attend many conferences focusing on CAS.
My therapy approach is evidence-based and family-centered. Families are trained on how to facilitate speech and enhance communication based on the level of their child. I try to coach families on ways to incorporate repetitive practice in their everyday life. Specifically in early intervention, families are working alongside me and modeling for their child. I also teach them how to provide visual, verbal, and tactile prompts during the functional activities. One example might be having the caregiver do repetitive practice of the functional VC word "up" with their child every time they walk up each stair in their house.
I have used sign language, pictures, symbols, and speech generating devices to supplement existing speech and enhance communication. I use AAC as a visual representation to build early language learning and to increase vocabulary. I try to create a core vocabulary when I use any form of AAC in order to increase communication interactions alongside repetitive practice. I have the most experience with LAMP and TouchChat.