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- 630 S. Rancho
- UNLV Ackerman Autism Center
I believe that a systematic treatment that incorporates principles of motor learning is best; however, each child is different and responds to different treatment methodologies. It is important to continually trial and assess during treatment to ensure the child is making the best progress they can make. I also feel that it is important to incorporate Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies during treatment as the work that we do to improve the speech is great but we also need to focus on increasing language skills at the same time. AAC incorporates a wide variety of options including low-tech communication boards, signs, pictures to high tech speech generating devices or apps.
I used to be a part of an Apraxia community group of SLPs in the Puget Sound region specifically interested in Apraxia and other motor speech disorders. I am now heavily involved in the Autism and AAC community and many children who have Autism may also have CAS and many children who have CAS also benefit from AAC. I work in a multidisciplinary clinic and part of my job is to educate other professionals in the area including pediatricians about speech/language development and disorders that impact speech and language. I hope to become more involved with the Apraxia Kids community.
Parents are an important part of any treatment plan and need to be involved throughout the process. While most of the motor speech work happens during the session, children with CAS often experience difficulty with expressive language as a result of their CAS. It is important for the parents to learn strategies that can help their child learn to better express themselves and build language skills in their natural environments.
The language development and language stimulation techniques cannot be overlooked with these kids. Most kids with CAS benefit from some sort of AAC with aided language stimulation. The low vs high tech is dependent on the kids/family needs but both should be considered.