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- 23 Bellwether Way, Ste 102
- Catalyst Therapies, LLC
I establish a functional vocabulary, often using the KSPT flash cards. I establish a few high frequency carrier phrases (e.g. I want x). I gradually increase complexity and length, and then gradually reduce the level of structure of sessions in order to promote generalization. I prefer to see clients 2-3 times a week if insurance and funding allows.
I have gone to two Walks for Childhood Apraxia of Speech events in Seattle. I am part of the Apraxia Kids: Official Support Group on Facebook. I have advocated for kids with CAS in the school system if services have been denied.
Parents are typically present at every session and provided with homework. I provide them with parent handouts explaining the nature of CAS, and also encourage them to join support groups in the community or on social media platforms. I ask parents to provide a list of their child’s favorite thing (e.g. foods, toys, games, activities, shows, people, etc) in order to establish a functional base vocabulary for the child. Parents are encouraged to join in during games, and I often coach them on how this can be transferred to home activities.
I have written several grants for previous clients in order to get them iPads or Tobin Dynavox devices. I often create and provide books with PECS that the parents and I make together. I frequently use picture schedules in sessions in order to reduce likelihood of meltdowns, as often these kiddos experience sensory issues and need to know what the expectations are. I frequently use “I want x” Velcro sentence strips during games, or with my older clients who can read, I write carrier phrases on a whiteboard, and they point to each word as they say it during games or other activities.