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- 4668 Pembroke Boulevard, Unit 115
- Southeastern Therapy for Kids / Ivy Rehab for Kids
In my initial preparation/planning process, I start with a systems analysis to identify the child's strengths and weaknesses as well as patterns of mastery thus far. The results of this analysis help guide my treatment to incorporate sounds and syllable structures that are within the child's reach in 12 weeks (before I complete a plan update). When implementing these targets, I utilize my knowledge of PROMPT and DTTC in order to provide various levels of support as needed. Depending on the child's attention/age, I like to embed treatment targets within play-based sessions. It is important to my practice for the child to trust me and enjoy speech therapy. My sessions remain clinician-directed to not fully utilize a child-centered model unless it is required in order to increase engagement.
I only recently decided to refine my skills to really target motor speech disorders, so my involvement has been limited. I participated in the walk for Apraxia conducted locally in summer 2019 and felt very inspired to engage more in the community to provide support, counseling as needed, and education. I strive to advocate for my patients and hope that I can take a larger told in the Apraxia community to do so.
Parents are invited in all therapy sessions in order to provide continuous coaching in the moment of implementation. In the event that parents do not transition to the therapy room, parents are asked to develop a functional vocabulary list for immediate shaping and implementation. They are educated on the child's performance in each session and provided with home exercises as the child so tolerates.
I do not evaluate specifically for AAC as the local hospital system is better equipped to do so. I informally utilize ASL in treatment, and I promote carryover of the use of AAC to scaffold intelligibility, particularly when the child is aware of deficits and frustrated by their performance.