No Records Found
Sorry, no records were found. Please adjust your search criteria and try again.
Google Map Not Loaded
Sorry, unable to load Google Maps API.
- 1000 NE 88th St.
- Sea Lion Speech
When a child with CAS attempts a word in therapy, they are showing enormous courage and trust. I take this level of trust seriously. My first priority is ensuring the child has a reliable and efficient means for communicating basic messages of controlling their environment. Can the child indicate that they want to be "all done" with an activity? - That they want "more" bubbles? - Refuse "no" when presented with a toy they did not want? - Indicate they need "help" or assistance? If not, we will work on strategies and AAC to increase access to these messages. Key functional communication is a universal human right! From here we turn to working on trust and motivation to address the child's first area of success with speech sounds. I tend to combine perspectives (e.g. DTTC and Cycles) to find cueing methods that best work for the child. Additionally, my area of particular passion in CAS is the continuum of treatment from spoken to written language. Children with CAS have a higher-risk of reading difficulties, and I have extended education to address these concerns
I am involved in the CAS diagnostics team at Seattle Children's Hospital where I send families to Apraxia Kids as my go-to resource for information. I'm active in community Facebook groups and see CAS often on my private caseload.
Parents are included throughout the treatment process. Parents hands-down are the most vital cheerleaders and advocates for their child. Parents are invited in for at least the final 10-15 minutes of a session so that we can celebrate our accomplishments. We then work together to select weekly targets. This gives me an opportunity to model homework, and the parent an opportunity to express questions.
I use combination of sign language, low tech advocacy boards, topic displays, choice boards, core boards, Proloquo2Go, TouchChat, and Speak for Yourself and am an advocate of multi-modal communication. Tools are dictated by child/family buy-in as well as the tool that gives the child the most efficient and largest access to communication.