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- 4757 Cornell Road, Suite 4A
- TherapyWorks Cincinnati, LLC
All children are unique and their therapy should be too. I use an eclectic treatment approach with children with CAS for this reason. I have received training in PROMPT, Kaufman and DTTC. I have experience with very young children who are just starting the therapy process and children who have been in therapy for a while and are fine tuning their motor speech skills. Therefore, I embed a motor learning approach (includes a lot of practice of the same speech movements to help with automaticity of these sound sequences) with a play based language development or linguistic approach. By using PROMPT framework, I am able to assess the child globally by looking at social-emotional, cognitive-linguistic and physical-sensory (motor speech skills) domains. By identifying areas of strengths and weaknesses, I can formulate a treatment plan that uses their strengths to better develop their areas of weakness (motor speech skills). Target words and phrases are determined by current motor speech skill strengths and weaknesses as well as family input. I am able to assess the child’s productions during a session and make adjustments through PROMPT to better facilitate accurate speech sound movements during sessions. Young and wiggly children are my specialty! I prefer to be on the floor with your young child helping them learn to communicate during play and social interactions. I often include sensory motor input and movement activities into sessions to ensure children get the most out of the sessions. Movement based learning opportunities are encouraged to further help children build awareness of how their body works for speech.
I have participated in several local apraxia walks over the years. I provide local and national resources to the families I work with and connect them with other families who are also navigating CAS. I also have a close family member with CAS.
Parent and caregiver involvement is an integral part of a successful therapy program. Therefore, I prefer to have parents participate in therapy sessions. Together, we work on building vocabulary lists or core words that are relevant to home life, but are also targeting your child’s motor speech goals.
I typically use visual supports that I have developed for common play routines that often children are interested in during therapy. I have a visual support for activities such as play dough, pretend play (cooking, caring for a baby, doll house, etc). This allows me to model using the pictures to communicate my ideas and allows them access to more vocabulary then they may be able to communicate verbally. I also use a PECs system for children with suspected CAS. We have a wonderful AAC lending library in the area which allows us to rent or borrow devices to be trialed.