I am dedicated to treating children with CAS using an integrated, multisensory approach. This includes: verbal, visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic, and manual mimicry cues (i.e., hand gestures that facilitate speech production). I use the principles of motor learning to decide how often therapy is needed, and how practice during sessions should be conducted. I have training and experience implementing the following treatment approaches: Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC), Rapid Syllable Transition Treatment (ReST), Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT), the Kaufman approach, and Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices. I am currently Level I PROMPT certified. I have over 5 years of specialized experience in treating children with CAS and co-occurring hearing loss and/or auditory processing disorder.
I have been a volunteer for Apraxia Kids since 2012 and delivered presentations for Apraxia Kids since 2019 regarding the treatment/diagnosis of CAS in the presence of hearing loss and/or auditory processing disorders. You can find one of my webinars (Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Hearing Loss) on the Apraxia Kids On-Demand Webinars.
Caregivers are my greatest allies in helping your child progress achieve his or her speech, language and listening goals! I use parent sessions (in-person/teletherapy), family-friendly carryover activities, and HIPAA compliant phone apps for video/photo/text exchanges to keep communication open and frequent. I now also offer consulting services for your child’s other specialists, therapists and teachers.
I use laminated notebooks with pictures (i.e., low-tech AAC, such as PECS) in order to assess a child’s stimulability for AAC, establish functional communication, and/or to foster early success and autonomy in therapy. I also perform AAC evaluations in order to help children and their families receive insurance-funded or donated, high-tech AAC devices that generate speech. My sessions consist of both speech production/articulation therapy as well as expressive communication development using both spoken language and AAC. AAC provides children a “voice” while they are working hard to develop their speech production skills. Our field's best research suggests that AAC devices actually increase verbal output and support motor learning!