Depending on the results of a dynamic assessment, I target specific goals based on the child's sound inventory, consonant vowel syllable shapes and what the child could successfully produce. I bring in functional materials that keep the child engaged while targeting a chosen set of words that I will elicit during a treatment session. These words must be meaningful to the child and the family. I utilize a combination of approaches and treatment strategies from Dave Hammer, Edythe Strand, Pam Marshalla and more. I utilize visual cues, verbal cues, tactile cues, and provide treatment with more frequency for shorter periods of time to improve motor learning. It allows the child to plan and program a sequence of movements and practice the movement patterns.
My past involvement was obtaining additional training from a workshop offered by Dave Hammer. If I am listed in the directory, I would like to be more involved locally and help parents find resources and services for their children.
Parents participate in the session by observing, turn taking in play, and demonstrating the use of techniques that the SLP discusses and trains them to complete. Clinician provides feedback to improve success for the caregiver and child.
I have used AAC simultaneously to help reduce a child's frustration and make then feel heard. I have used picture exchange, sign language, and communicative devices to teach speech and language and allowing the child to participate successfully in treatment sessions.