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- 489 Main Street
- University of Vermont, Eleanor M. Luse Center for Communication
My overall treatment approach for serving children with CAS is guided by the World Health Organizationâ€™s International Classification of Human Functioning (ICF) framework. Although children with CAS experience breakdowns when acquiring and carrying out speech gesture movements, their CAS severity and communication profiles are variable and unique. In order to facilitate movement learning and generalization, I focus on (1) where the child is with their communication so that I meet them where he/she is, (2) incorporating the principles of motor learning and determining if the child meets the criteria for a certain treatment program/ approach (e.g., DTTC, ReST, etc.), and (3) incorporating functional and meaningful resources into therapy.
I am relatively new to the Apraxia community. At the Apraxia Kids Conference in 2019, I inquired about how to initiate an Apraxia Kids walk in Vermont in order to connect children and families within my small state. I envision myself working with Apraxia Kids and local families in the next year or so to begin coordinating this effort. I hope that being listed in the directory will allow me to connect with more families and children/individuals with CAS throughout the state. This will allow me to disseminate the most appropriate resources and to bring families/children/individuals together to support one another.
Parents and caregivers are involved in the therapy process starting at the time of evaluation. I involve them in the creation of individualized goals, as well as discussions about best practice, progress, and accommodations/ strategies to be implemented at home and in the community. I also create space to better understand the well-being and needs of the family and child to ensure therapy is effective and appropriate. During therapy sessions, I encourage parents and caregivers to observe and to ask questions so they are aware of how goals and approaches are implemented. Finally, I strive to maintain frequent and transparent communication so that families are involved fully.