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- 141 N. Main Street
- Capitol City Speech Therapy
First, I begin by establishing rapport with the child and parent. During these initial treatment sessions we are working toward answering parent questions and improving the child's cooperation with therapy tasks. I encourage parents to have something they can practice at home that the child is going to have success with, and help them understand how to avoid negative practice. During my treatment sessions I aim to get as many trials and opportunities to practice the target correctly through fun and exciting reinforcement that keeps the child's attention and engagement on the speech task.
I have participated in the Walk for Apraxia.
Parents are invited to watch treatment sessions. Parents are invited to offer word suggestions for targets that are meaningful and powerful for the child. Parents are given specific things to practice at home- things that the child can do with minimal prompts in the treatment session. As children produce words with improved independence, parents are asked to help with generalization of that word outside of speech.
I have experience using low tech communication systems including Picture Exchange (PECs) and core boards to decrease frustration in children with minimal speech. I also am experienced in modeling language on higher tech devices during treatment sessions. For a child with CAS, I believe AAC can help improve communication initially and increase buy-in from the child by building rapport and trust.