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- 7001A Loisdale Rd.
- Exceptional Children's Center
Having completed the Kaufman training, PROMPT level 1 and 2 training and the Talk Tools OPT training I keep all of this knowledge in my mind to pull from when treating a child. I feel there is not one specific approach that works perfectly for all children so it is important to individualize treatment plans for what best fits the needs of each child.
I have participated in the Walk for Apraxia in Northern Virginia, I have treated several children with Apraxia of Speech and I am currently the Clinical Director of Exceptional Children's Center helping to coach, mentor and support our SLP's who treat children at our center.
Generalization and carryover are important so parents are always welcome to join therapy sessions to see what is being targeted. If the parent is not available to join the session or they determine it is best if they wait outside of the therapy room I will discuss carryover activities for home until the next treatment session and explain what was targeted.
Depending on the severity of CAS I have used AAC as a way to decrease frustration and anxiety a child has if they are able to produce speech sounds, words, phrases and sentences but often have errors and are not always easily understood. I have also used a variety of AAC devices for children that have severe CAS to ease communication challenges and open the doors for them to communicate more readily with family, friends, at school, etc while also continuing to target motor planning for speech sounds to try and acquire some verbal speech.