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- 4202 Hermitage Road
- Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center at Richmond, Inc.
I first gather an inventory of speech sounds with which the child is successful. From that point, I build on those successes by practicing target words which incorporate those sounds in all word positions with a high number of trials. Building and establishing motor patterns is crucial, so it is important to get lots of practice. I also try to plan and build target word lists around functional words which have meaning and purpose for the child. After several weeks/sessions emphasizing one target sound, I rotate to a different target and focus on building mastery with that one. I also typically incorporate review of previously learned target sounds/words as sessions progress to help prevent regression. While I continue to grow in my knowledge and skill set for working with children who have CAS, the foundational principles of quality articulation therapy paired with an increased emphasis on supporting motor pathway development are what I believe to be the key elements for treatment with this population.
My current community involvement is primarily through parent education and support.
I encourage parents to observe and participate in therapy sessions as well as to carryover activities and practice at home during everyday activities. Parents have so many more opportunities to interact with their children than I do, so I want to capitalize on that resource by equipping parents to be effective therapists in between sessions with me.
For a child with low motivation for improving his speech, I paired a picture-communication exchange system with spoken communication and encouraged him and his teachers to use both. He often tried to rely on just pictures or imprecise babbling with gestures, but with encouragement to slow down and keep trying, he was able to produce clearer spoken productions and convey his intent to less familiar listeners as well as familiar ones. My experience with higher tech AAC has mostly been with the autism population rather than children with CAS.