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Business Name: Children's Therapy Center, Inc

14635 Pennock Ave #300
Apple Valley, Minnesota55124

Phone Number: (952) 997-2823

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Describe treatment approach used: I gather information about the child's baseline, then begin building upon their consonant and vowel productions with varying syllable structures depending on their level (CV, VC, VCV, CVCV, etc.). I incorporate core vocabulary as much as I can with imitations and try to build upon successful sequences given visual, tactile, and auditory cues and prompts. My goal is to increase their consistency with different syllable structures and move towards independent/spontaneous productions. During sessions I also incorporate phonological awareness skills as much as I can with books (rhymes, sound identification, listening for word differences) and songs (simple repetitive children songs like "Old McDonald" and "Baby Bumble Bee"). Once word level approximations become more spontaneous, I incorporate functional phrases such as: help me, I need, eat more, come here, etc. I incorporate both play-based and structured work depending on how the child responds. I incorporate Dynamic Temporal and Tactile cuing (DTTC) with as well as visual supports for children who have difficulty attending to others’ faces.

Describe parent/caregiver involvement: Depending on the child, some parents attend sessions to see what sound sequences we are working on and how they are being cued. Due to some children's behaviors it is best for parents to observe from another room. Some parents opt not to observe and speech sound sequence targets are only sent home once the child has shown success within the therapy room. They then are sent home for mass practice.

Describe your past and current involvement in the Apraxia community​?​ I am trying to reach out more for the Apraxia community in order to better serve clients I currently have and future clients with CAS. I have been referring new families to the Apraxia Kids website in addition to providing parent friendly handouts explaining what CAS is.

Do you provide consultation/collaboration with other professionals (for example, ​​attending IEP meetings, co treating, etc.) Yes

Age range​ treated?​ 18 months to 18 years (given or take depending on need and severity)

Hours of operation: Our Apple Valley clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 6:00pm with 30 minute speech sessions. There is an hour taken for lunch from 12-1pm every day.

Locations where​ treatment ​is ​provided? Office/Clinic

Insurance accepted? Yes

Notes: Although I don't have extensive documented CEU training I've done a lot of individual research (books, observing/talking with well trained clinician, apraxia website research). Also, I attended the ASHA conference in 2015. Unfortunately at the time of attendance I did not document all the courses I attended as I had already surpassed the number of hours needed for the year and just wanted to learn more. I recall taking apraxia courses however don't have specific course titles or names of presenters in my records. At my current clinic we have a clinician on staff (Debrah Russkel) who has a significant amount of CEU and training with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I've been training along side her, observing more of her caseload with apraxia, discussing strategies and hierarchies, and exchanging evidenced-based practice/best practices for clients. I am hopeful to be listed in order to expand my knowledge of more cases of children with apraxia of speech and help where I can. I do have extensive documented CEU coursework with AAC which I am hopeful to incorporate for those clients who would need alternative communication (more severe apraxia) as their speech develops.