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- 2837 Americus Drive
- Little Speech Boutique
I believe it's important to meet the child at their present level, to develop trust as communicative partner with the child in child led, play based intervention. By establishing successful syllable structures and word approximations they may currently be using, we will begin to build onto that with improving the shapes of their sounds and adding new sounds to them based on the movement patterns needed to make the syllable/word sound like the adult target. I will access a variety of evidence-based techniques relying on visual, verbal and tactile cues to find the one your child best responds to in that moment or I might combine multiple techniques to find the right combination for your child's success. I utilize a combination of movement across syllables, using real words and neolexical (novel) word combinations to provide opportunities for learning the movement and to be successful in a fun and engaging learning environment. Combining syllables becomes creating words, combining words to phrases and then sentences. The goal of therapy is always finding a way for the child to communicate by requesting, commenting or protesting.
I am a parent of 22 year old who received CAS intervention at 18 months through second grade. As a Speech Language Pathologist I would love to be a resource for families, contribute to the research base, and work on educating other professionals on CAS and reduce overapplication of the diagnosis and underapplication of evidence based practice.
Parents are encouraged to stay for therapy sessions (as permitted by covid protocols)/participate in teletherapy. Parents are also given practice targets with strategies, activities, and/or videos to assist in successful home practice/carryover.
I have used basic sign, with gross approximation of the target, paired with word approximation target. I have also used 32 word core vocabulary low tech boards in the classroom setting. Students with sCAS and autism were evaluated and beginning to use TouchTalk app on their iPad (facilitated in conjunction with AAC specialist from Oakland County Schools, MI).