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- EBSHealthcare/Baltimore County Public School District
My treatment includes an eclectic approach towards the goal to help your child become an effective, confident communicator. Initially and throughout treatment, I encourage and promote individualized communication methods using assistive technology. By providing a means to communicate with the world immediately and successfully, I hope to establish trust and confidence within your child to know his or her thoughts are important and your child can and will be heard.
While supporting your child, your family and the schools with assistive technology, I establish targets based on an in-depth analysis of your child’s speech sounds which includes investigations into which sounds he or she already has and what new sounds are easier and harder to produce in a variety of simple or complex words. Therapy sessions are highly individualized and based on the principles of motor-learning, which include short moments of intense drill practice to establish successful motor movement along with variating targets to establish the learning of the new skills. New speech sounds and patterns are developed with the family and child’s needs as a priority. To increase your child’s confidence and attitude in therapy, play is also incorporated where your child can practice new sound movements in a positive, structured atmosphere.
From 2014-2019, I was the Apraxia/phonology consultant for the Speech/Language Department in Clark County School District in Las Vegas, NV since 2014. At that time, I consulted with over 100 school-based Speech-Language Pathologists to train and guide effective evaluations, goal-writing, and treatment sessions. I have also consulted with school-teams on developing/brainstorming ideas to measure academic achievement for students with limited verbal abilities.
I attend the yearly Apraxia-kids national conference, and I have participated and raised funds for the Las Vegas Apraxia Walk in 2018.
I recently moved to the East Coast to increase my experience in new schools, further my education, and participate in a new environment. I look forward to increasing support for my community in the future!
I highly encourage parental involvement. Sometimes parents can feel just as frustrated as their child because they might not feel like they have the proper tools to help. I would like to help the parents to gain a fuller understanding of CAS and an understanding of the methodologies I use because I believe the more that we know about something, the less we fear or avoid it. I would like to provide tools and resources so parents can feel empowered along with their child. When I previously worked in families’ homes, I encouraged parents to ask questions throughout, or I provided a narrative or clear, quick explanation of the task and my expectations for the task. Within the schools, I encourage constant, positive communication with the IEP teams to balance speech progress and academic progress.
Use mostly low tech with students, but limited carryover/use in the homes and in the classrooms. Trained in PECS, but limited support for it's accurate implementation in the classroom. Pictures were only used to request highly reinforcing wants. I did teach a student with autism and severe apraxia to take pictures with his iPad and upload them to proloquo to go. He was above average in expressive/receptive writing. Limited verbal comprehension, but comprehended visual communication (pictures and writing).