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- 716 North Bethlehem Pike Suite 103
- Your Speech Path, LLC
My treatment approach is personal and individualized for every child. After a comprehensive evaluation including an articulation and phonological assessment, motor speech evaluation, oral mechanism examination, and spontaneous language sample, (more dynamic additions if needed), I establish a child's phonetic repertoire and begin building on sounds they already have. Not every CAS protocol works across the board, however I primarily pair Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) due to its empirical research with PROMPT for tactile cues within the DTTC hierarchy, Regardless of the protocol, I am careful to collaborate with the parents of my client to establish functional words the child and family can use on a daily basis. I do not prescribe to an established CAS protocol just because targets should be personal, meaningful, and specific rather than predetermined. Treatment sessions are focused on the principles of motor learning with individualized reinforcements to keep the child motivated for a high number of trials. My clients and I work together in a positive, collaborative, and fun environment!
I have been actively taking as many courses as I can for CAS treatment with renowned experts such as Dave Hammer, Edythe Strand, Ruth Stoeckel, Susan Caspari, and Nancy Kaufman. I work in collaboration and receive referrals from Sue Caspari and Colleagues in the Philadelphia Area. I was lucky enough to observe a day at her CAS intensive camp in the summer of 2017. I directly collaborate with fellow CAS-focused speech-language pathologists. I has been involved in planning the Philadelphia Chapter Walk for Apraxia in 2019 as the SLP Liaison and was invited as a CAS expert SLP for a local parents’ support group whose children have CAS. I attended the National Conference for Childhood Apraxia of Speech through Apraxia-Kids in Pittsburgh, PA in 2019.
While I find 1:1 treatment the most effective, parents are actively involved in collaboration and discussion regarding functional targets that will benefit their child on a daily basis. At the time home practice is appropriate, strategies are always shared and encouraged for at-home carry over!
I have used a variety of AAC devices, both low tech (PECS), manual (sign language), and high tech (speech generating devices). I have a discussion with parents first about the benefit AAC may provide their child. Some parents are on board and some prefer to only work on verbal. I respect all decisions while providing my professional opinion.