At SpeechKids, kids are seen for short therapy sessions, multiple times per week. Because we use teletechnology, we can tailor the length of these sessions to each individual child. Doing short, frequent sessions, allows a child to make faster and better progress in therapy. We can create a fun routine that is set at a “just right challenge” for the kiddo, and then make quick progress by adding novelty and complexity as the child progresses. At all stages of therapy, we make sure to stay in the "zone of motivation" (the place between apathy and utter frustration): motivation is where the learning happens!
We participated, as a practice, in the Nation's Capital Walk for Apraxia and plan to do so again.
Parents are KEY to therapy! We give strategies and things to try at home during the daily routine that help build on what we work on in therapy. Therapists are always available to parents to answer questions and listen to updates and concerns.
SpeechKids therapists are comfortable using both high and low-tech AAC options to help kids with CAS build more effective communication while they also work on speech clarity. We like to use a holistic approach in order to make sure that a child feel successful in their communication, and AAC is one of the avenues that we can use for some kids.