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- 12010 Etris Road, Suite A-150
- Cobblestone Therapy Group
After a detailed evaluation of the speech motor plan, I use a variety of auditory, visual, tactile, and kinesthetic techniques to build intelligible speech. Speech is built syllable by syllable using immediately useful words/ targets. Building a motor plan for speech and effective communication is targeted using a high level of trials per session. Data driven and parent oriented to help parents know how to support growth and improvements. Parents are given helpful tips on how to carry progress from treatment sessions into the home, school, and community settings. Highly results driven! In the community, I have participated in Apraxia walks and parent support groups. When helpful, I teach children how to use sign language to communicate. When AAC devices are warranted, we have an AAC specialized SLP on staff who will evaluate and treat using AAC devices, both low and high tech.
Our practice has participated in Apraxia Kids Walks for Apraxia.
First, I have to educate parents about what apraxia of speech IS and the principles underlying the diagnosis. I then explain to them about the strengths and weaknesses regarding their child's motor plan for speech...where we will begin in therapy...how we expect the child will respond and progress...and how we will build upon each set goal/target...and ultimately what we expect in the long term. At that point, I train the parent to work with the child expanding on targets that are within the child's ability level while I take the opportunity during therapy to build in motor plans that are more difficult for the child to execute. As the child develops the motor plan for new targets, I introduce those to the parent for carryover at home. Often I have parents buy some affordable materials for at home targets and I make recommendations on how and when to focus on speech output in the home and community settings.
I use sign language with all of my patients and find it helpful for communication during the speech building process. Clients who need high tech AAC work with a colleague in our practice who specializes in AAC concurrently while I work to build intelligible speech. This team approach is successful in our practice.