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- Van Soest
- 4055 Monroeville Boulevard
- Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC - EAST
My mission in speech therapy is to promote your child’s self-confidence. Each child quickly learns I will only ask them to try things they are capable of. And that I will give him/her the support or “tricks” needed to ensure success. To get to this level of rapport and trust I may start with few talking demands or performance demands, meeting your child where he/she is with the understanding that talking to date has been quite challenging. Speech targets are slowly incorporated into your child’s activities of interest beginning with sounds your child can already do. This approach limits the development of avoidance behaviors and ensures communication is always a positive experience. I can offer access to AAC devices (Alternative/Augmentative Communication) if appropriate for your child. I don’t believe in any one treatment technique or program but am trained in many, and am able to implement therapy that is individually designed to ensure your child’s progress and confidence.
My Apraxia community includes the patients and families I serve. Additionally, I'm lucky to network with many coworkers at my job sight who also treat Apraxia.
Parents are taught to value and reinforce their child's initiations to communicate. When a child has mastered a target form or word approximation parents are given ideas to use this form at home to promote more opportunities for communicative success with the newly mastered word form.
I offer my kids with CAS many forms of alternative communication at the start including: sign/gesture/picture symbols/PECS. We have an IPAD on sight with several communication systems installed though I don't usually use them. I've used the PA lending library with families in the past to explore AAC options.