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- 5422 Superior Drive Suite B
- Chesney Center Therapies
I believe in an intensive, functional and family-centered approach to treatment of children with childhood apraxia of speech. As recommended by ASHA, I encourage families to participate in 3-5 treatment sessions per week along with a detailed home program to ensure that the child receives the practice and feedback he/she needs to be successful. I also believe that treatment should be as functional as possible, which is why in the initial stages of treatment, goals are centered around building up a base of functional words and phrases. Therapy also focuses on motor planning in increasingly complex syllable and word structures, which are then trained at the phrase, sentence and conversation level. I use a variety of multi-sensory cues and a step-by-step system to fade cues and models to gradually encourage the child to communicate independently. I also encourage family members to be active participants in each treatment session to learn strategies and techniques to facilitate their child's communication in real time. A big part of therapy is counseling families on how they can incorporate information and techniques that they learn in therapy into daily interactions. Activities and materials used in therapy are fun, play-based and easily replicated at home.
Chesney Center Therapies has supported the Apraxia community by being present at and a Gold Sponsor of the 2016 Baton Rouge Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech
I encourage parents to be an active part of their child's treatment program. This means that parents are active collaborators in their child's treatment plan and are encouraged to participate in each therapy session. In this way, they learn and practice techniques and strategies to help their child both inside and outside the therapy room. Parents are also counseled on how to use the skills they have learned to help their child practice target skills in daily interactions. I believe that when families understand the specific goals and reasons behind those goals, the child is able to maximize his/her progress because consistent practice and generalization of target skills can be provided at home. I also believe that parents should feel empowered by their ability to make positive changes in their child's ability to communicate efficiently and effectively.