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- 880 Sixth St South
- Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
My treatment approach is based on each child's individual skills and ability. Early in therapy, I consider the child's consonant and vowel inventory, current syllable shapes, current vocabulary and information from the family regarding the child's preferences and needs to develop a small group of targets to work on in our sessions. I recommend more frequent, shorter sessions, but work with the patient and family with scheduling based on their needs as well. I vary the level of cueing depending on the child's needs.
I have volunteered in previous Apraxia Walks in my local area over the last few years. Many of my patients and families participate and I feel that it's important for them to see my support outside of our treatment sessions. Unfortunately, I was out of town for the 2017 walk and was unable to attend.
I attended the 2016 National Conference in Illinois. I have taken part in webinars offered by Apraxia-Kids (formerly Apraxia Kids). I have completed other continuing education opportunities related to CAS.
Parents/Caregivers are consistently involved in each treatment session. They take part in treatment activities. I involve parents and caregivers in discussion to help in the development of target word lists and activities that will motivate his/her child. Parents/Caregivers demonstrate strategies in our sessions and are given specific home practice. I continuously have open conversation with parents and caregivers about progress, struggles, etc.
I utilize gestures in conjunction with speech production from the beginning. Depending on the child, I have implemented use of picture systems to assist with communication. I have had the experience of working with two patients who use speech generating devices to assist their communication. I use parent/caregiver input in the decision making process for AAC as well.