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- 95 Tavernier Drive
- Lively Speech and Language Therapy
When treating kids with CAS, my relationship with the child is vital. I see communicative potential in ALL children and presume that they are compent to accomplish their goals with some help and work. Be uase of the relationship I have with my clients, they will work hard for me usually just for verbal praise. I provide in home engaging, fast paced sessions using a hybrid therapy approach to include child-led play activities and speech pattern practice. I love providing in home therapy as my parents/caregivers can observe, ask questions, and then practice my techniques. For treatment plan, I individualize a three month rotation of goals and target one syllable shape or new sound every 2 weeks with functional word practice and then practice of those same words in play while using Aided Language Stimulation. I pick activities that have social turn components to ensure the child is attending to my face (and speech sound articulators). I use ALL types of cues (touching, visual, verbal reminders, cognitive descriptions, and melodic intonation) as no one cueing techique works for all children. I continally assess each child's progress to ensure I am challenging them just beyond their current communicative skills.
I am an active participant in activities and seminars provided by Apraxia Kids. I am an advocate for children with CAS to ensure they receive evidence-based and individualized school-based speech therapy sessions in addition to their private speech therapy so they reach their full communicative potential. I coach and connect parents to become advocates and mentors with other parents that have children with CAS. I work with parents to search for CAS scholarships and guide them through the application process so their child can receive the services he/she needs regardless of the parent/caregivers' income status.
Parents are the cornerstone of successful treatment. They postively impact theraputic progress and generalization of skills. I love when parents or caregivers of my clients watch and become active participants in their child's speech session. I coach parents as if they were Speech Language Pathologist Intern. I want to pass all of my knowledge and successful tips to them so we can co-treat their child together. If parents become "honorary" SLPs, their child reaps the benefit of more frequent speech motor pattern practice. I do tell parents to be cautious when practicing speech (short, frequent burst in play or a functional task) to ensure their child continues to enjoy conversing with them!
AAC is considered and used to support all patients that need support for speech and language development due to apraxia of speech.
When treating a child with CAS, I use an individualized Total Communication Approach, which means I use any type of communicative modality to help that child peruse their right to expressive communication. AAC should always be considered for children with CAS so they have a voice. Whether low-tech (such as the Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display book-PODD) or high-tech (such as a Speech Generating Device-SGD app on an iPad), all children with CAS should have access to a robust vocabulary to encourage language development and to ensure that all communicative functions such as greeting, commenting, answering/asking questions, and requesting, just to name a few, are available for expression. Additionally, I pair motor planning activities with Aided Language Stimulation to increase phonological awareness and to expand the child's current receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language skills.