I offer individualized therapy services that meet the needs of each child that I get to work with. My therapy process for CAS includes a comprehensive evaluation followed by intensive treatment sessions. I incorporate principles of motor learning in every session and rather than follow one single approach to treatment, I utilize various treatment strategies depending on the needs of the child. I have completed training for Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) as well as Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP). My therapy sessions incorporate play-based activities that keep the child motivated and engaged in order to create fun, trusting relationships with the children I work with. In my therapy sessions I encourage children to try new things and I focus on functional communication skills for the child. In my sessions, movement and play are present in order to facilitate improvement of motor speech skills for children with CAS.
I have been involved in previous Apraxia Walks in Detroit, MI. I have attended the Apraxia Kids conference and plan to stay involved with Apraxia Kids. I help provide education to colleagues, families and other professionals on the topic of childhood apraxia of speech. I stay up to date on continuing education for apraxia.
My therapy sessions are provided in children's homes, schools or via teletherapy. This creates opportunities for parents and families to be directly involved in treatment sessions whether it is observation of the session or getting hands-on practice while we are in session. I provide an overview of strategies being utilized, goals that are being worked on as well as offer time for questions. Parents are invited to watch and/or join the sessions in order to see therapeutic techniques being utilized so they may also use specific strategies in the home environment. Ideas for home practice are provided to parents on a regular basis and home practice is strongly encouraged in order to maximize a child's progress in therapy.
I have used both low and high tech AAC for children with CAS. I feel that augmentative and alternative communication is extremely helpful to young children that have a motor speech disorder as they are learning to communicate. Various types of AAC that I have utilized include basic sign language, visual supports, picture exchange, iPad with use of premium speech applications, as well as speech generating devices. I believe in gaining a child's trust for teaching them an augmentative and alternative communication system and allowing them to find their motivation for using it while rewarding all of their progress as they learn to navigate AAC.