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- 11539 Park Woods Circle, #502
- Kiddos' Clubhouse
The goal for my sessions is to first and foremost foster an environment where a child feels comfortable to be themselves. I believe a warm, welcoming environment that builds the child’s trust is one of the most important aspects to beginning speech therapy. Each of my sessions are individualized to help the child build upon their skills. I incorporate evidence-based treatment strategies including Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) into my sessions. I use a multi-sensory approach, as well as following the principles of motor learning. When necessary, I implement the use of low and high-tech AAC devices. One of the most important aspects to my session is parent involvement. When parents are involved, the most progress is made. I believe in parent education, and walking through this journey together, as a team. I choose targets based on where the child is currently functioning, and factor in words that will be the most powerful for the child to begin learning.
I participate in the Apraxia Walk here in Atlanta. In addition, I am involved in Childhood Apraxia of Speech Facebook groups. I also educate and support families impacted by Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I am committed to helping raise awareness for CAS.
Parents are truly one of the most important pieces to making progress in therapy! Research shows that speech should be practiced at least twice a day for 5 minutes. I highly encourage parents to sit in on my sessions, and when that is not possible, I provide videos and detailed instructions for continuing progress at home.
I have used both low and high tech AAC devices in my session. For some clients, we use a picture communication system to aid in the message they are trying to get across. For other clients, more advance means are necessary. In these cases, I go through the steps of using device options in trial with the client, writing letters for insurance approval, to teaching and implementing the device in therapy. I like to pair verbal output with the use of the communication device. I encourage my clients to continue to work on their oral speech output, while also having a way to communicate effectively with the world around them.