At Now We’re Talking, we create a comprehensive treatment plan to support individualized goals for every child. A plan for a child with CAS is based on the nature of the disorder and the needs/strengths of the child. We continually track progress to expand and increase functional language across settings. Principles of motor learning and PROMPT are heavily intertwined in our treatment plans. The ability to perform a skilled action gets better with practice! Children with CAS are provided with frequent, intensive practice opportunities. We create environments to encourage the child to attempt their targeted words/phrases etc. Children are prepared before the beginning of the practice in various ways, based on cognitive level. The type, timing, and amount of feedback given to a child will greatly impact how quickly and how well they ultimately learn the skills. Treatment techniques such as multi-sensory cueing, integral stimulation, phonetic placement, and tactile facilitation are implemented. Activities are chosen to target what is necessary but also with the client's interests in mind!
I attend the Walk for Apraxia annually.
An integral component of our therapeutic process is parent involvement. Parent involvement promotes generalization of skills. When a child is familiar with a goal, parents are given an understanding of supports such as verbal and gestural cues that will best encourage their child. Repetition is critical for children to reach a level of mastery. Having families part of the process allows for quicker progress.
I use low tech AAC in the form of laminated/velcro picture boards and high tech devices in the form of apps on the iPad. I strongly encourage a total communication approach. Ideally using AAC will limit frustration for a child who has challenges being understood.