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- 650 Maryville University Drive, Walker Hall Suite 335
- Maryville University Speech and Language Clinic
First and foremost, the goal of treatment for CAS is to improve a child's ability to effectively communicate with a variety of communicative partners (e.g., parent(s), sibling(s), teacher(s), peer(s)) across a variety of settings (e.g., home, school). The SLP and parent(s) will collaboratively select a set of 5-10 target words that are functional and meaningful to the child as well as appropriate given the child's motor speech skills. Each session, these target words will be addressed dynamically (i.e., increasing and/or decreasing the amount of support and feedback provided to the child to facilitate success) and intensely (i.e., a high number of repetitions of each word) within the context of activities that facilitate the child's attention and motivation.
I strive to serve as an advocate for children with CAS and their families as well as a resource for Speech-Language Pathologists and future Speech-Language Pathologists regarding the assessment and treatment of CAS.
Parents are involved throughout the treatment process. Parent input is imperative in selecting meaningful and functional target words. Parents are encouraged to observe and/or participate in treatment sessions. As appropriate, activities for home practice are assigned.
AAC, to include gestures, signs, and/or devices, may be used to augment communication in children with CAS.