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- 4411 Suwanee Dam Rd.
- Special Needs Pediatric Therapy Services
I typically use a total communication approach to begin to alleviate frustration from challenging verbal attempts. I have a solid ASL inventory/knowledge base so I use signs simultaneously with verbal targets. I want the child's expressive communication to be rewarded so that he/she is willing to put in the effort to progress to challenging verbal attempts. When choosing targets I consult with parents to determine which words are important to the family and which words are motivating for the child, then work with them to create a picture book to practice "___'s Words". I try to make the word or word combination targets very functional during therapy session and encourage the parents to do the same at home. One word I target often is "open" because it is very empowering for children to request to open doors, windows, toy bins, food containers, books, eyes, etc. I do use PROMPT strategies in my sessions when it is helpful for challenging or novel targets.
I have attended 2 specific courses to propel my work with children with CAS and both courses ignited a passion for working with this population. I would like to become more involved with the Apraxia community through fundraising, community outreach, and providing support/therapy/education to families.
I involve parents from the beginning with asking for them to determine the important and motivating words for the child and the family. Once determined, we work together to create a book of words that is used in therapy sessions and at home for practice. The family can watch the therapy session in the treatment room or I review with them after the session. If I use any PROMPTs with the child I demonstrate them on the parent so they understand how I was trying to elicit the target. I provide the parents with the list of targets from the session and ask that they incorporate them into home activities. At the beginning of the next session I ask parents for feedback on the targets and general questions/concerns.
I have worked closely with representatives from PRC to provide an AAC device for a 4 year old male diagnosed with CAS. In therapy sessions, the child expressed immediate interest in using his device (Accent 800) to communicate after many months of frustration from attempting verbal language and signs. My therapeutic approach was to encourage initial communication with the device, then cue verbal attempts with the phrase "turn voice on". I used PROMPT techniques for the first verbal attempt and then faded PROMPTs as warranted. I used simultaneous productions, then cued his solo attempt. Therapy has been very successful as he went from essentially nonverbal to now producing simple sentences. The AAC device allowed his expressive language attempts to be recognized while still targeting verbal language productions.