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- 341 Adams Avenue
- The Little Speech Clinic, LLC
My treatment approach varies based on the child’s age and severity of CAS and is individualized to best support each client. I aim to help young children with CAS become effective communicators through use of the principles of motor learning. When choosing target words, I begin with the child’s current phonemic repertoire, considering the syllable shapes they already use in order to create functional target words. I strive to create highly motivating activities specific to each individual child in order to help the child sustain engagement and participate in frequent practice opportunities. I also strongly believe in working closely with the family. I believe parent education and coaching plays a big role in motor learning and generalization. My goal is to not only help my clients feel more confident as communicators but to also empower the family members I work with.
I am extremely passionate about expanding my knowledge to best support children with CAS. I am PROMPT© (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) trained, which is a multidimensional approach to speech sound disorders. I have also had training in Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing for speech motor learning (DTTC) and the K-SLP© Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol for children with apraxia of speech. I look forward to continuing to learn more about childhood apraxia of speech and to continue raising awareness to those in my community.
From the very beginning, I work closely with the family by discussing the diagnosis and reviewing initial goals and explaining the rationale behind them. Parents often observe and participate in therapy sessions in order to facilitate the carryover of motor learning across all settings. I strongly believe in providing parents with ways they can help at home and assure them I will be there to guide them along the way.
In past experiences, I have used AAC to help support my clients’ speech and gain higher levels of language ability. One of my more recent experiences with a client with CAS included use of sign language. He came to me almost fluent in sign language but was not vocalizing or producing any words. It was clear that he had relatively strong receptive language. I began pairing verbal communication with sign language and coaching his parents on ways to use my client’s strengths to help support his verbal communication. A year later, and he is now using verbal language to communicate, talking in full sentences.