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- 1599 Township Line Road
- Integrity Learning Center
I greatly vary my treatment approaches based on the child's needs and what they respond best to. For children where CAS is suspected but not confirmed due to difficulty with direct imitation and difficulty with following directions, I like to use Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol to increase direct imitation of sounds as well as create functional intelligible words with an emphasis on motor movement. While this treatment does not have as much evidence as Dynamic Tactile and Temporal Cueing (DTTC), I use this often with clients diagnosed with Autism and may not be able to demonstrate every characteristic that would confirm CAS. For older children who can imitate and follow directions well, I like to use DTTC in order to work specifically on motor movements and coarticulatory constructs to follow the patterns of motor learning that result in lasting change in the child's speech production. I have also utilized Rapid Syllable Transition Treatment for a few clients where this approach to treatment was more successful for them and their attention span. I tend to use this approach to treatment more often for younger children who do not respond well to DTTC treatment.
I have been practicing as an SLP since 2017 and I want to increase my presence in the Apraxia community and increase the amount of clients that I see with CAS. I have done many additional trainings across the past year that I want to continue in the coming years as I have a passion for this diagnosis.
I like to create home programs for parents to implement at home to target functional words that are going to give the child a basis of intelligible core words to use at home. I have parents give me specific words that are important and functional for them and we target these specifically in addition to our other more specific targets. I also like parents to attend sessions to better understand the diagnosis and to be heavily involved in the therapy process within sessions.
I have implemented both low tech options, like an alphabet supplementation board to improve intelligibility to familiar and unfamiliar listeners, as well as high tech speech generating devices, including LAMP Words for Life, Snap + Core First, and Proloquo2go in order to effectively communicate wants and needs while working towards more intelligible verbal speech.