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- Anna Lisa
- 7800 Pearl Road
Factors such as the child’s age and the child’s current speech system capabilities will determine our starting point and whether the therapy targets will include movements, single speech sounds, word approximations or phrases. Therapy will be engaging and incorporate plenty of practice of carefully chosen target sounds/words. When needed, cues are provided to assist with the movement of speech sequences that are necessary to produce the speech sounds/words. Therapy is always a dynamic process. As a child progresses, new targets and goals are determined.
My involvement in the apraxia community has evolved over my 17 years of practice. In addition to increasing my knowledge base and training in the area of CAS, I have joined numerous social media groups that support the Apraxia Community. I provide apraxia related information and resources with the families that I work with. I also serve as a mentor and provide support for new clinicians and participate in regular in-service meetings where my colleagues and I review current research, cases, and share and collaborate on ideas and therapy approaches. All these efforts contribute to growing the strength of the apraxia community.
I feel strongly about family centered care and aim to involve the family as much as possible in the therapy journey. Parents are welcome and encouraged to observe at least a portion of each therapy session so they can ask questions and see what strategies work best for their child. My goal is to guide parents by explaining these strategies so that each parent feels confident when they carryover practice at home. I also collaborate with parents to identify meaningful words to target in therapy in order to achieve an immediate impact on their child's everyday communication.
My experience with using AAC has been primarily with low tech AAC. This offers the child an immediate means to communicate wants and needs.