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- 825 N. Casss Avenue Suite 311
- Jennifer B. Parkins, M.S., CCC-SLP/L
Every child has a natural propensity to communicate. I work with young children with CAS to become effective communicators through the use of the principles of motor learning. Treatment sessions are play based, while incorporating multi-sensory cueing strategies as well as repetitive motor planning techniques and frequent practice opportunities. Each session is individualized to meet the specific needs of the child. I work closely with an occupational therapist and often incorporate strategies to assist with a child's sensory integration in order to maximize vocal communication. I am trained by the PROMPT Institute, The Speech EZ Apraxia Program as well as Nancy Kaufman on the use of her Speech to Language Protocol. Target words and syllabic combinations focus on speech movements that are attainable and within the child's phonemic inventory. AAC devices are utilized when indicated as well as PECS, sign language and visual cues to increase communicative opportunities.
I have presented to Early Intervention Specialists, teachers, parents and Speech-Language Pathologists at local preschools and clinics in my area in order to raise awareness and provide treatment strategies to support children with CAS both in and out of the classroom. I work closely to collaborate with other therapists, teachers and specialists to foster a team based approach for every child.
I offer parent education and development of home programs to reinforce and maximize each child's progress. Parents often observe and participate in therapy sessions to facilitate carryover of motor learning across all settings. I also discuss current goals and objectives at the conclusion of each session, so parents are aware of their child's current levels of functioning in the treatment room as well as strategies that should be implemented at home. I believe parents should be at the center of their child's motor learning and speech and language development.
I will often conduct an assessment to determine the best type of AAC device to be used. I have been trained in PECS and have often used ipads, pictures in a photo book, visual schedules and communication boards.