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- 1958 Butler Pike, Suite 402
- Communiverse, LLC
My treatment approach is highly individualized based upon how each client learns best, what motivates the child and which sounds are in his/her repertoire as well as what target sounds (CV and VC…not sounds in isolation) are stimulable.I use an eclectic, multi-sensory approach that incorporates a number of methods including Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC), PROMPT, hand cues, and more. It is imperative that I utilize movement and rhythm so the child can feel syllabification as well as his/her own body. I also elongate my vowels while also providing various inflections for the same word, phrase, etc. I encourage the use of bilateral hand movement, too, and stress to parents that the use of their child’s hands is critical (I frequently co-treatment with OTs and have learned so much from them).Each child needs to practice sound patterns in a drill fashion (that continues to be meaningful and motivating) as well as practicing sounds in a more generalized way in play using lots of repetition.
I have participated in Apraxia Walks, have set up booths and also donated to the Walk for Apraxia.
Parents are in the sessions with me when it is therapeutic for their child so they can learn some of the strategies that they can use in a less structured, playful environment at home and in the community.
I typically need to educate parents how critical AAC is to the language process and in helping their child in self-regulation. I incorporate PECS, sign, a device from the get-go….depending on what works best for the child. I do not work in a vacuum when it comes to anything I do. I value team input while, at the same time, I educate the team regarding language development and how to incorporate a lo-tech or a hi-tech system to augment the child’s communication/communication intents. I model for the child as I use these devices to communicate to him/her, just as we model language verbally for the neurotypical population.