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- 1772 Stieger Lake Lane
- Kid Talk, Victoria Clinic
Depending on the child's needs my evaluation process may vary from unstructured and play-based to formal administration of an apraxia evaluation and a standard articulation test. I will collect a speech sample from your child, complete a thorough oral motor examination and may also look at their feeding skills. My therapy depends on the abilities of the child and at the lowest level may start at imitating oral or body movements to lay the foundation for imitation of speech in the future. It then may quickly progress to the simplest syllable structures (on, eye, me, no) and advance appropriately to multisyllabic words, phrases and conversational speech over time. At the same time we will focus on functional words that are important to the child, such as a sibling's name, yes, no, and/or a favorite toy. My sessions are mostly very structured and again, depending on the child's needs we may need to address the strength, range of motion and coordination of the lips, cheeks, tongue and jaw. We have fun, but they work hard!
As an owner of a business it is very hard to be involved in other organizations. With that said Kid Talk has participated in the Apraxia Walk in the past and will again in the future!
I love when parents are present for their child's therapy session as it helps with carry over of therapy techniques into the home environment and empowers the parents to feel like they can help their child develop their speech! Depending on the situation I will frequently send cards home with parents to work on suggest they purchase certain therapy tools to work with their child at home.
I am a proponent of AAC and have had experience with both low and high tech for children. I have facilitated a specially trained speech pathologist to come into my clinic to assess a child for a device and then assisted the family with set up and use in therapy. However, I feel that my strengths lie in developing speech in children with CAS and focus on accomplishing this in my sessions.