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- 7670 Woodway, Ste 115
- The Learning Sphere - Pediatric Speech Therapy
My treatment is based on motor-learning principles and engagement. I find that children who are engaged are excited about coming to therapy want to do their homework. Repetition is key for speech motor learning, so I often send home a video of target words or phrases with their movement gestures. During treatment, I usually select a small group of target words based on the child’s speech abilities that are functional for the child in his/her environment. I will help the child learn new words using a gesture system. While children may be learning new sounds during therapy, the focus is on helping a child go from learning more simple to more and more complex word structures (Simple word structures might have only one or two syllables and only one or two sounds, whereas a more complex structure would have more sound variety and may have multiple syllables). Since repetition is important, in addition to homework, I recommend a minimum of 2 sessions a week, and sessions are 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the child.
For approximately 18 years I have been involved by treating children with CAS and training colleagues and parents. In the last few years I learned about Apraxia Kids and have taken some of their workshops, attended one of their conferences, and helped out at their booth for TSHA in Houston.
I encourage parents to observe sessions as much as possible, especially if their child is young, so that they can help their child at home. I also take a video for parents or have parents take a video of target words/phrases and movement gestures learned in the session so that they can practice with the child at home. It is amazing how much faster a child learns when the parent is involved and can help the child with their homework!