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- 6354 Rolling Mill Place #103
- Children's Speech and Language Services of Springfield
Treatment of CAS at Children’s Speech and Language Services would begin with an assessment that looks globally at the individual’s Physical-Sensory, Cognitive-Linguistic, and Social-Emotional domains, and evaluates what is under control, what is not under control and what is useable in the speech-motor system. Using a traditional articulation test along side the System Analysis Observation in conjunction with the Motor Speech Hierarchy, the priorities for treatment are determined. Appropriate phonemes (sounds) and sound combinations in words and functional phrases are selected that match with the individual’s level of speech-motor control. We encourage parent participation in our treatment and provide home instruction for activities that reinforce motor speech control across settings and with a variety of communication partners.
I became a PROMPT© Certified Instructor in 2008. I had the pleasure to work with Debra Hayden in developing a video called The 9 Key Components to the PROMPT© Approach as part of a presentation at Apraxia for Kids yearly conference. I teach PROMPT Introduction to Technique workshops. I have also developed several online courses for PROMPT Institute that break down learning into smaller units, such as "How to Develop a Lexicon for Treatment" and "How to set up a PROMPT session". I have run many study groups for local SLPs who are looking for support with their PROMPT learning. I developed a video that was used at a Apraxia Kids presentation a few years back entitled "The Nine Key Components to the PROMPT Approach".
I always show parents the PROMPT assessment tools and explain their child's areas of need. Once the child is able to produce targets in treatment at 75% accuracy, parents are given these targets along with guidance for using these functional targets in a variety of activities across a variety of settings with a variety of listeners. Parents are also provided with training regarding quality of productions and verbal cues that can be used to establish consistency between and treatment and home.
I have used the LAMP program to teach language concepts, syntax and vocabulary to some clients who were also being treated for CAS. I also often use Boardmaker boards, visual aides, sign language and gesture in treatment. I believe in a multi-modality approach.