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- 4220 Proton Road, Suite 165
- Apraxia Dallas
Since each child with CAS is so different, I take a whole-child approach and work on specific areas of break-down for that child. When starting, I make sure that the child has a mode of communication to get their needs met. I use total communication and find the best mode for that child whether it be AAC, ASL, or speech. Often, depending on the severity of the child, I use a DTTC approach, using a small amount (10 or less) of functional words with high intensity repetition using a multisensory cuing approach. When moving past DTTC, I focus on high practice movement of phonemes connected to each other in syllable shapes rather than sounds in isolation continuing with the best multisensory cueing approach for that child. I also keep in mind the language and reading risk of children with CAS and use dynamic assessment to determine appropriate language and phonological awareness goals to keep the child on track academically.
I have been involved with the Apraxia community since graduate school, participating in the planning and execution of the North Texas Walk for Apraxia 2 years, volunteering 2 years for the 4 day overnight Apraxia Ranch Camp run by Kay Giesecke, MS, CCC-SLP, and attending the Apraxia Kids National Conference in 2019. I plan to continue volunteering in the community and attending conferences and workshops in order to expand my knowledge and help my patients even more!
With Apraxia Dallas, parents are encourage and expected to sit in with therapy session in order to learn techniques and targets in order to take and practice with the child at home.
I have utilized AAC (high and/or low tech, depending on the patient's needs and level of use), in every case that is necessary for the patient. These cases include patients that are unable to communicate their wants and needs, as well as patients that have high levels of frustration related to their difficulty with communication. I use a total communication approach with every child, including the use of AAC, ASL, and speech, in order to make sure every child has a way to communicate!