We start with a complimentary 20 minute video consultation with your family to discuss your child’s therapy needs and determine if our practice and tele-therapy are a good fit for your child’s needs. If we determine we are a good fit, we proceed to schedule an evaluation.
I recently reached out to a local mom in Portland, Oregon who is trying to organize a group and offered assistance in helping her to set it up.
80% of my visits are completed in the child's home with parents present and active participants for the entire therapy session. Parents are active participants in my therapy sessions, and I provide coaching on how they can best help their children with their targets at home. I typically provide parents with one idea/word to target in the time between treatment sessions that the child is successful with, with minimal support. I find much more carry over with this activity than when I would give detailed instructions for multiple carryover targets. I also coach parents, teachers and other SLPs that we are working on the motor plan and co-articulatory transitions, not necessarily specific speech sounds. I coach parents and teachers on syllable shapes and help the team to find and understand accessible targets or appropriate approximations that the child can make for highly motivating items/peers in their classroom or at home for maximum practice.
I am also the AAC specialist for a local birth to 5 program. I always try to establish an effective way for my children with CAS to communicate with parents, peers and teachers. I use ASL, communication boards, custom communication books (photographs of favorite items/people), and apps on iPads such as SpeakForYourself, Snapcore and Prologquo2go to help my clients have a reliable means to communicate while we also work on their motor planning.