My therapy protocol will be broken up into parts; including drill work where the targets are practiced in high frequency, along with unstructured time with the focus of functional productions of the targets elicited. For example, for a child working at the CV or VC level, we may use flashcards during drill practice of each of the animal names, after each attempt the child could then be rewarded with the toy figure of the animal as a motivator and also to visually represent progress towards end of the drill. Following the drill work, and all animals earned, we would then play with the barn and the animals as I model, elicit and assess for the patient's production of the targets embedded within an unstructured setting. Lastly, I would create a list for home based drill work of the targets the child was successful in producing correctly, in order to support generalization of the acquired skills.
I am looking forward to learning more about the community, as well as learning more about how I can support families outside of the therapy room. I would be interested in activities to spread awareness and educate people about CAS.
Parents are a key component within the therapy process as they as essential for their child's success. I typically spend much time educating parents about the disorder and find that when they understand the nature of motor planning better that they can better support their child in habituating intelligible speech.
I have used AAC as a supplement to ensure clients' communication needs are met, if/when their speech intelligibility is causing an adverse effect on their ability to participate in their communicative environments.