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- 2427 Russellville Rd.
I typically use a play-based treatment approach with my kids with CAS because I always want to ensure the child is enjoying speech and highly motivated. I utilize the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, Easy Does It for Apraxia, and K&K Sign to Talk during motivating play activities and provide reinforcement. Most of my kids on my caseload have autism. Working with autism and apraxia, it is crucial for me to work on language skills simultaneously with speech sound production. I make sure to choose activities that are highly motivating and functional to increase the child's attention span and desire to imitate target sounds/words. I establish which sounds the child can successfully produce and choose my target words based on placement of the sounds the child produces spontaneously and based on words that are important to the child. I select a few functional target words for each activity and utilize a multi-sensory treatment approach to establish a motor plan for these target words. I ensure there are opportunities for frequent and intensive practice of the target words. I provide feedback on results of the production of target sound/word for each trial. I incorporate AAC when needed such as sign language, PECS, or a high-tech SGD.
I have been involved in the Apraxia community through a variety of online CEU courses, videos, and podcasts where I increase my knowledge and awareness of apraxia information and techniques to share with my clients and families. Staying connected with my families of children with CAS keeps me involved in the Apraxia community to enable me to provide them with resources and information to ensure their child continues to grow and expand in their skills across environments.
Parents are encouraged to attend speech therapy sessions. I educate parents on the tactile cues utilized for each target word and when to fade those cues. I provide lists of target words for parents to review with the child to increase generalization. I provide in-person discussion regarding the child's progress or difficulties and provide strategies and techniques to implement at home during daily routines. I also provide handouts and in-person discussions to ensure family carryover occurs to increase generalization.
I have utilized a modified picture exchange communication system along with sign language and high-tech SGDs for children with CAS. Utilizing pictures and/or signs to communicate provides the child the ability to communicate their wants and needs and eliminate frustration. Using a high-tech SGD provides the child the ability to communicate in a variety of settings while hearing the words produced in the same way repetitively increasing verbal imitation.