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- Buffalo, New York
- Private Practice
My approach to therapy is very child-driven, while keeping the Principles of Motor Learning and current evidenced-based therapeutic approaches, such as DTTC, as the foundation of therapy. It is important that your child is engaged, motivated and excited to work on their speech targets! I love the challenge of finding personalized and creative ways to engage your child while also maximizing the amount of practice trials each session. Targets are selected based on your child’s comprehensive evaluation for differential diagnosis of CAS which includes a dynamic motor speech assessment and also family input. I use multi-sensory cueing, individualized for each child- whatever cues your child responds to best is what we use! I work closely with families so that the motor learning that occurs within the therapy setting is transferred and generalized across all environments. As a parent of two children with CAS, I understand our deep desire for our children to be able to communicate with us, and as an SLP, I am extremely motivated to provide our children the appropriate and individualized therapy they all need to find their voices and to be a support for their families, as well.
I have participated in local Apraxia Kids walks, and going forward, I hope to be able to create a network of support for families in our CAS community here in the Buffalo, NY area by creating monthly parent support groups where families will be able to connect with each other while also growing in their knowledge of CAS.
Families are always encouraged to join and participate in the therapy process. As previously mentioned, targets are selected based on your child’s dynamic motor speech assessment but also input from families. I strive to choose targets that are functional so that they can be generalized across as many of your child’s daily routines as possible. I also rely on families to give me insight into what motivates your child so that therapy sessions will be fun and successful! Besides working directly with your child, I am very passionate about parent education and making sure that you understand what CAS is, how it is impacting your child’s speech, and understanding how therapy for CAS differs from other approaches to speech therapy.
I encourage families to introduce AAC and use it as a tool to help support their child’s speech and language development and to help decrease frustrations that may be the result of communication breakdowns. I have used both low tech (i.e., picture supports) and high tech (i.e., various speech applications on the iPAD, LAMP) options and recognize the importance of collaborating with family members when introducing AAC options so that it can be successfully used both in the therapy setting and at home.