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- 7647 Larwinn Drive
- Winnebago Special Education Cooperative & MercyHealth Hospital
I use the DTTC approach in combination with play-based therapy. I believe that children should be excited about their own progress and that means we need to pick target words that include core words that can be used across several contexts, but also personal fringe words/power words that are important to each individual child. Activities should be motivating, but not take away a child's attention from speech production. Parent education and facilitation of productions is extremely important. Therapists should serve as coaches for parents, rather than having parents watch from the side lines. Depending on the severity of CAS, I also advocate for low and high tech AAC options and work to remove the stigma around their use.
I belong and participate in CAS social media and am currently working to facilitate a CAS parent education/ support group in my area as therapy is very limited in general, even more so for CAS treatment.
Parents observe the first 15 minutes of the session while I complete block practice and narrate scaffolding techniques. The second half of the session I have parents facilitate productions while providing feedback and praise as needed. Home programming and home expectations and limitations are reviewed at the end of the session
I have implemented static communication boards for all children with CAS on my caseload. Sometimes these boards are for communication repair alone, while other times they serve as the main effective communication system for a child. I have completed funding for speech generating devices for several children with CAS and am also currently working to implement a standard school-wide AAC communicate system to assist all non-verbal children whether their diagnoisis is CAS or other health impairments.