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- 1645 Maple Lane
- Memorial Medical Center
My overall treatment approach includes motor planning and motor learning methods to target speech gestural movement during speech tasks. The primary goal of my treatment is to develop greater awareness and control in eliciting volitional speech movements for verbal communication. I seek to begin treatment at the current level of this child and first expand stimulable phonemes into word structures, CV, VC, CVC, which allows one to develop a core vocabulary. Core vocabulary is determined based upon the child's current level and achievable speech productions, as well as parent input for functional communication needs within the child's natural environment. Treatment progresses thru expansion to greater word complexities, length and utterance expansion. My treatment approach is strongly based in motor learning principles and thus a great focus of daily treatment is based on repetition to develop automatic and accurate verbal expression.
I have extensive experience in the detection, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of CAS beginning from early intervention thru the duration of treatment that often spans over a period of several years. In my practice I have had the positive opportunity to spend a great deal of time collaborating with many professionals within speech language pathology, primary medical care, and educators, alongside families to support individuals and the family unit. I have been involved in team-based intervention collaborating with the Mayo Clinic team led by Dr. Edythe Strand. Such collaborations have allowed for continued learning for me as a professional as well as offered the individuals and families with whom I work with the highest level of support and access to additional resources. Additionally, I regularly follow the Apraxia Kids website for continued learning and up to date research on CAS.
Parents are involved throughout the assessment and treatment process. Parents are always welcome and highly encouraged to attend therapy sessions actively or through observation. I seek to provide unlimited opportunities for parent interaction, observation and education during and outside of their child's treatment sessions. In addition, tools/resources to support a parent's understanding and involvement in home programming are ongoing throughout intervention.