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I like to have professional flexibility with approaches, activities, techniques, etc. I feel as though every child responds differently, progresses at different rates, and is motivated differently. So I feel that I implement a child-directed approach as I get to know each patient well. I think this idea helps when behavior is an issue as well. When I attended bootcamp, it reaffirmed my approach to therapy as there is not a "cookie-cutter" way to treating CAS. I use hand cues from the Speech EZ program and have a lot of success implementing them in treatment and training parents to utilize them at home. I pride myself on incorporated targets and repetition needed for CAS kids into highly-motivating games and activities that are motivating for each individual child.
I have attended the Apraxia Kids walk for 3 or 4 years in Pittsburgh. My business has sponsored for the past 2 years. I have traveled 2 1/2 hours for Apraxia Kids sponsored trainings. I attended the bootcamp this past year and learned a lot! I am part of the Apraxia Kids Facebook group for parents and professionals as well. I also read Kathy Hennessey's book to gain a parents perspective and have shared it with other CAS parents.
I develop a take-home folder with activities and suggestions for parents and caregivers. I share the hand cues that I use and encourage families to use them at home. I have parents and caregivers observe sessions occasionally. At my practice, we spend A LOT of time consulting and counseling with families.
I do not rush into using AAC as I trial a motor-planning approach first. I typically use appropriate apps for AAC. I also use written cues when appropriate for low tech. I all depends on the child and what they need.