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- 4220 Proton Drive, Suite 165
- Apraxia Dallas
My therapy sessions are planned around interests of each child to keep them engaged for them while we work to elicit the maximum amount of repetitions of their targets. I use books in almost every session, combined with interactive toys. By careful activity selection, speech targets are included as we play so that they flow into our play.
Working at Apraxia Dallas has helped me learn about the apraxia community through the Walk for Apraxia, attending the Apraxia Kids Annual Conference and linking families within our practice. It is a passion of mine to connect families who might be struggling with the same issues so that they feel less isolated.
I encourage parents to be active observers in the therapy process by assisting in development of targets that might be highly motivating and important to the individual child. Each session involves education on the multi-sensory cues provided, how the child is performing and what the underlying theory of motor learning is being applied. Once targets have been mastered in therapy, parents will be encouraged to carryover the target into distributed home practice.
AAC is incredibly important and foundational to my practice as an SLP, especially for children with limited verbal output due to CAS. I have used AAC to supplement communication when integral stimulation is still taking place. By giving children an alternative way to communicate, they are often more motivated to attempt speech targets! I particularly like the LAMP system because of its focus on motor-learning, ability to grow with the child, minimal programming requirements and focus on the child generating their own sentences.