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- Gretz Kirkpatrick
- 1957 W. Dickens Ave.
- All Bright Therapies
My treatment approach is specific depending on the age of the child and severity. Typically, I create word lists based on sounds that the child is stimulable for, sound combinations (VC, CV, V) they are stimulable for and sounds they achieve independently as well as sounds for which they are not yet stimulable. I use words that are highly motivating and used throughout their day. I involve the parents as much as I can in my sessions. I typically create play based tasks with the ability for mass practice of specific word targets from the list or of sound combinations. With the families I have a word of the week. I print multiple copies of the picture representing the word of the week so they can have it throughout their home and car. It's a reminder for the parents and child, as well as a way to get everyone in the family involved while providing maximum repetition.
I have always had an interest and passion to treat children with CAS. I've attended many conferences and conventions and find myself always drawn to the CAS workshops!
I involve parents as much as I can while determining their level of readiness after the diagnosis. I really try to break down tasks for parents so it does not seem so overwhelming. As previously mentioned, I like to have a word of the week for the family as an opportunity to get all members involved as well as focus their energy on one thing at a time. I provide them with resources such as the Apraxia Kids Apraxia-kids.org website as well as spend time answering any questions they may have initially and/or along the way. Most importantly, I reiterate frequently how important their participation is in the success of the therapy. I encourage parents to videotape their playtime with their child and we discuss how they can create more opportunities for practice (while still having fun of course).
Every child needs and deserves a means to communicate. Depending on family involvement, physical impairments etc. I will recommend either high or low tech AAC. Often I might try out many different methods (iPad, manual sign, PECS etc.) and determine which one is most successful with that child. Then as the child progresses I always re-evaluate the need for AAC or the level of complexity.