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- 1324 East Washington Street Suite 215
- Well Said Communication Therapy & Evaluation
In sessions, maintaining excellent rapport is my top priority, because I know that every child with CAS has experienced struggle and frustration around verbal communication. I make sure I match the child’s affect and energy level, change the environment and activities to suit sensory needs and interests, adjust my reward systems, and establish very clear routines in order to make sure that each child views me as a predictable and trustworthy communication partner. Because studies show that kids learn best through play, everything I do in therapy sessions is either targeted within a game, or sandwiched between brief periods of fun activities. I target rhythmic/prosodic features, functional vocabulary, AAC, visual aids, teaching approximations, and sets of words with similar or contrasting oral gestures, depending on the case. My sessions are modeled after the DTTC approach.
I hold free monthly discussion/support groups for parents of kids with communication delays. I save a number of spots on my schedule for families who cannot afford my rate. Please contact me for more information about these spots.
My approach to family education/involvement in sessions is individualized, and dependent in part on parent learning style. I inquire about parent preferences at the outset of treatment, and I check in frequently about perceptions as treatment progresses. I encourage family-style therapy whenever possible; although many children do best with 1:1 attention, you'll sometimes see me with three family members at a table, working on goals together! I like to give realistic "homework" assignments that are simple and easy to integrate into the family routine. And, although I do not have the staff required to process insurance, I have calculated my rate to be as accessible as possible to Louisville-area families.
I have trained family members on making and using smartphone- or paper-based photo albums of frequently requested objects/actions/recent events to augment kids' requesting and narrative skills. I also have used PECS and Proloquo2go in sessions