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- 4319 South Lee St. Suite 300
- Chandler Speech and Language, LLC
My overall treatment approach for children with apraxia of speech is intensive treatment focusing on the speech movements, not individual specific speech sounds. Therapy will focus on targeting syllable shapes and movement patterns utilizing gestural and visual cues, integral stimulation, and massed practice of targets. Models will integrate target specific feedback (e.g., "I love how you made that popping sound with your lips") and principles of motor learning (e.g., carryover tasks for improved use of targets in functional contexts).
My coworkers and I are beginning to participate in apraxia events (e.g., apraxia walk), and I am constantly looking for more opportunities to learn more about this diagnosis!
Parents are key components of therapy; they are involved in education about specific cues, modeling/practice of treatment strategies, home program/carryover tasks, and provision of useful feedback in a child's natural environment.
AAC may be used as a primary expressive communication modality while working on verbal communication or it may be used as a repair strategy for children for improved communication in natural environments (e.g., low tech board to repair communication breakdowns)