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- 2 Claremont Park, #2
- Small Talk Boston
What I have learned from DTTC training and further research into the the principles of motor learning has been invaluable in my treatment of children with CAS. I always take into account what is most important for the child/ family -- what words they feel are most functional and important in their daily lives. I plan on targeting a small number of words (2-5 words, usually) and aim for a high number of trials per session. I start with "blocked" practice (lots of repetitions of one word before moving on to the next) and then move to "random" practice to promote carryover and generalization. I am always sure to pay attention to the level of cueing and feedback I am giving to my client, starting with specific feedback/ cues and fading over time. I use a combination of visual cues, tactile cues, verbal placement cues, and verbal models. I always make sure that my therapy sessions are happy and fun, while at the same time working to challenge my students and build their confidence. My therapy sessions consist of choosing motivating activities for students that lend to quick rewards (turn-taking games, for example) and makes it easy to keep their eyes on my face during trials!
I adore working with children with apraxia and their families. I enjoy counseling and educating my families about CAS. I do a lot of research in this area on my own. Additionally, I follow many SLPs on social media who are amazing at teaching strategies and tips! I would love to increase my involvement in Apraxia Kids directly by participating in community events (specifically the Walk for Apraxia) and by participating in other fundraisers. I look forward to being an active member of this community.
Depending on the child's age and abilities, parents either participate directly in the session, or participate in post-session feedback with me. Parents are educated on the treatment plan, the weekly carryover words and activities, and encouraged to ask questions!