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- Catherine Grace
- 8703 Highway 17 Bypass, Suite I
- Young Talkers
When treating children with CAS, it is important to individualize the session to each child's needs. I like to use a multi-sensory, interactive approach with multiple modalities to target the child's weakness but also capitalize on their strengths in regards to expressive communication. My sessions involve both structured activities and play, with parent/family involvement being the key to generalizing skills learned in the clinic environment. Principles of motor learning are essential to planning treatment for each child and are important to guiding the targets and cues used in each session. Parents and family are provided activities, suggestions, and strategies to use in the home environment in order to facilitate carry over of learned skills. Above all, I make it my goal to use evidence-based practices when choosing treatment goals, strategies, activities, and recommendations for my sessions.
At my current practice, we actively participate in educating the public and supporting the Apraxia community by providing handouts, posting videos and articles on our social media platforms, and participating in television/radio talk shows.
Typically, I have parents observe sessions or sit with me and their child to watch the instruction and models provided. I teach parents strategies and techniques to target the mastered sounds in various syllable types that are most functional for the home environment.
I have used high-tech devices (such as the Accent 800 with Words for Life) to support expressive communication within the sessions. The device was used to model a variety of functional words and phrases in my treatment sessions that would then be used in the child's home environment.