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- 168 N 100 E, Suite 255
- Prickly Pear Pediatric Therapy
I typically describe my treatment approach with four pillars. The first is that I always rely on evidence-based practice. This means that I am committed to staying up to date on what the research says is best for children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). Currently, I am relying heavily on principles of motor learning and a treatment approach called “Dynamic Tactile and Temporal Cueing” (DTTC). The second pillar of my treatment approach is “fun;” therapeutic practice will always be embedded in highly motivating and engaging play activities. Your child should think therapy is FUN! The third pillar of my treatment approach is that treatment will always be child-centered; what works for one child, won’t work for the next. Treatment will be specifically tailored to your unique child. Finally, my approach to treatment is always progress focused. I am committed to helping your child make the fastest progress possible, so that they can gain access to their world through communication.
Having been in the early intervention world for over 10 years, I have been around a handful of children who had "suspected CAS." I was always very intrigued by the diagnosis, but more recently I have immersed myself in the best current research in a variety of ways. This has included watching all of Edythe Strand’s videos detailing the Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) treatment method, as well as reading “Overcoming Apraxia” by Laura Baskall Smith about a parent’s experience raising a child with CAS. These resources have ignited a passion within me for learning more and more about CAS. I look forward to continuing this journey by attending Apraxia Kids conferences and have hopes of beginning a CAS family support group in Southern Utah.
I absolutely love when parents are an integral part of the therapy process! To begin, parents are a key part to the evaluation process, as they know their child best. I rely heavily on parents' preferences for specific words and phrases to target during treatment. I prefer to have parents present or nearby during treatment sessions whenever possible, so that they can see what we work on and the progress being made.
Throughout my time with our local early intervention program, I have consistently relied on low tech AAC methods for toddlers who are struggling to express their wants and needs. This has included teaching basic sign language as well as a picture exchange system where a child points to a picture of a specific item they want. One child that I worked with who had CAS learned so much sign language that he was putting together 4-6 word sentences using signs! While the focus of my treatment approach is typically on speech production, I am definitely an advocate of giving a child access to communicate with their world in any means possible in the meantime.