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- 1200 Agora Drive, Suite C #296
- Graceful Speech-Language Therapy
I will have the parents complete a Functional Communication Questionnaire (by Wilson and Gildersleeve-Neumann) to focus on meaning and functional words for the child. I will complete the System Analysis Observation to determine what PROMPT phoneme links I will target in sessions, based on the motor speech needs while including the most relevant and functional targets reported from parents. We will work on saying words and phrases together, while the child is given specific feedback about what errors need to be fixed. This can be given through tactile cueing (such as PROMPT therapy) and/or by giving verbal feedback (i.e. "remember to use a little jaw!"). Prior to sessions, the specific targets will be selected and then targeted throughout the session. It is of the utmost importance that the targets picked for therapy are words that are meaningful for the child and will be used throughout the day.
I've always had students with ASD since I started practicing in 2011. Lately, I've been getting more students with CAS and have developed a greater interest and passion. I will continue to raise awareness. As my private practice grows, I will post articles and infographics to increase awareness and understanding.
Currently, the majority of my sessions are telehealth. I email the parents before sessions and let them know the specific CV/VC/CVC words I will be targeting in the session. During the session, I model specific (simple) tactile cues for the parents to implement. The parents are then familiar with the targeted, functional words (and have the words in an email) and can target the words throughout the child's week. The words targeted are already words the child is saying during the day, but now the parent can see exactly how it is targeted in sessions for carryover.
I currently have a little guy (3 years old) who is using LAMP and verbal approximations/verbalizations with PROMPT to communicate. He was previously using PECS. We accept verbal utterances first, but always have AAC available for total communication and building language.