My therapy approach is individualized and can vary for each child. I begin with a dynamic assessment, which includes information from the family. I look at what sounds/structures the child can produce and use that for a foundation for their therapy. I focus on functional communication, and so I create a word list that includes targets that are meaningful to the child and family. I provide as many opportunities as possible during therapy sessions to practice their targets. I typically give the child a lot of support and cueing initially, and then fade to increase generalization. Therapy strategies include Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC), successive approximations, and sensory cues. I understand every child's needs are different and work hard to individualize each therapy session.
I would like to continue to become more active in the Apraxia community. Currently, I have taken several continuing education course, such as the Edythe Strand online training of DTTC. I plan on taking an advanced in-person training in DTTC and getting PROMPT certified.
Parents are encouraged to play an active role in my therapy sessions. I teach parents cueing for targets and how to practice their target words at home and in their everyday routines. I provide handouts and homework to work on carryover at home.
I have used a range of low and high tech AAC with children with CAS, from a simple 2x2 low-tech Core Board all the way up to apps and programs on iPads. I use AAC early on and simultaneously with CAS therapy.