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- 715 Lake Street, Suite 102
- Dr. Eileen Brann Speech Pathology Services
I am currently utilizing Dr. Jakielski's Building Speech system, where we begin with pattern 1, CVs, then moving to pattern 2 of reduplicated syllables, then pattern 3, which is consonants in an open word shape: CVCV (i.e., "cookie"). Per Nancy Kaufman's approach, close approximations of the targeted words are accepted, then shaped into a closer match to the target word. Principle's of motor learning guide my treatment, and I have taught classes to graduate students on childhood apraxia of speech. I instill in my students the knowledge of motor learning principles to guide their thinking about apraxia.
I have followed the apraxia-kids website for updates to the field of CAS. As a clinician, I have instructed graduate students in how to diagnose and treat CAS.
Parents observe treatment sessions weekly in my private practice. In addition, the parents have written assignments to carry out at home, which I demonstrate after the child's speech therapy session.
As far as low-tech AAC, I have used PECS system or photos of the child's parents/family pet/favorite foods to have the child express his needs.
If a child requires a high tech AAC device, I refer them to the University of Illinois at Chicago's AAC center or Easter Seals in Villa Park. My clients have received a rannge of AAC devices over the years, from dynavox to proloquo2. Several years ago, I volunteered as a counselor for children who were AAC users and was trained on the dynavox.