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- 13213 W 21st Ct, Suite 104
- Speech Swallowing Voice Center
I use a play-based therapy approach in addition to environmental/animal sounds, and speech sound cue cards to target movement patterns. I use principles of motor learning as well as dynamic temporal and tactile cueing (DTTC) to help elicit specific movement sequences. Dependent on family availability, I typically encourage shorter sessions, more frequent in the week. I will collect the child’s sound inventory and syllable shape to modify the family and child’s “power” words to target within the session. This increases the child’s motivation and participation in repetitive speech production practice required. Principles of Motor Learning and DTTC encourage repetitive practice with varying degrees of feedback as well as different elicitation techniques such as simultaneous production with the SLP to help elicit accurate performance.
I am just beginning my Apraxia journey. I have found a deep passion for this SSD and would love to initiate community involvement in my rural area to raise awareness. I feel that being listed in the directory would be a great first step in directing patients and community members to this website to increase awareness.
Parents are a great resource for identifying powerful targets to focus on in speech. I like to ask parents to give me their '"wish list" of 3-5 words they would like their child to say right now. At the end of my treatment visits I also like to coach parents in the home program I am expecting them to perform that week to check for comprehension.
I have primarily used PECS and the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) on the iPad to supplement young children with sCAS and CAS. These tools have allowed children with CAS a mode in which they are able to communicate in an efficient manner, rather than rely solely on gestures when not understood.