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- 19 Wilton Woods Road
- EatTalkLearn, LLC
I feel strongly about incorporating a child's specific strengths, preferences and interests into an individualized approach. I am passionate about creating functional goals in conjunction with caregivers in order to allow a child to communicate his or her basic wants and needs while building speech and believe in incorporating augmentative communication (e.g. signs/gestures, speech generating device, picture boards, etc.) as necessary from the start in order to support verbal skills. I am trained in the PROMPT and Kaufman techniques and utilize a multi-sensory approach including tactile, verbal and visual cues to target stimulable sounds and words through motivating activities and familiar routines. Depending on a child's age and specific skills, I incorporate choice boards, picture targets, pacing boards, music/rhythm, motor movements and core vocabulary books. I focus on carrying-over sound and word targets into preferred play activities, functional tasks and everyday routines in a child's home and/or school.
As an SLP, I have worked with children with CAS in schools, Early Intervention settings, hospitals and within their homes through private practices for 10 years. I have been passionate about advocating for children with CAS to receive adequate services, particularly in regards to frequency and intensity of speech therapy. As an Adjunct Professor for Masters Level SLP students at Teachers College, Columbia University, I have lectured on CAS and incorporate it into my course on Language Disorders in Children in efforts to highlight the need for differential diagnosis between CAS and speech delay. I consult with a child's entire educational team, including teachers, other specialists and school administrators in order to provide information and training on working with students with CAS as I believe there is a knowledge gap in schools. I feel passionate about helping provide a voice to children diagnosed with CAS and their families. I encourage parents to become involved with the apraxia-kids website and organization. Additionally, if listed, I plan to become more active by getting involved in the Walk for Apraxia.
I consider parents and caregivers to be the the keystone to a child's therapy and involve them from the start. Parents are essential team members in creating a treatment plan and goals for intervention. I keep open lines of communication through observations of all sessions and unlimited, open dialogue between sessions. If parents are unable to participate or observe therapy sessions, I utilize a communication book or other means of communicating goals, progress and target vocabulary. I ensure parents have a solid understanding of CAS and the treatment plan, as transparency and knowledge empower parents to be the best advocates they can.
As a therapist who has worked extensively with complex communicators and provided AAC to patients in hospitals and schools, I am passionate about the use of AAC with children with CAS. I strongly believe that all individuals have the right to communicate, and incorporate AAC into my treatment plan from the start. For hesitant parents, I describe that research has shown that the use of AAC can only support/facilitate verbal communication versus hindering it.