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Business Name: Engaged Speech & Language Therapy

Address::
16641 157th Ave SE
Renton, Washington 98058

Phone Number: (425) 243-2607

Email Address: carmen@engagedspeechtherapy.com

Website: http://www.engagedspeechtherapy.com

Describe treatment approach used: - Get a inventory of intelligible sounds child is able to produce
- Determine what level child is successful at and starting to be inconsistent at starting at single vowels and consonants and looking at increasingly more complex syllable shapes
- Choose a set of words that are functional, at the child's "just right" challenge level and target with high intensity. Teach child acceptable sound substitutions for sounds not within child's repertoire to encourage as close to accurate approximations. (e.g., /w/ for /l/)
- Depending on child's ability to produce phrases, once target words are mastered will target within phrases in structured and then less structured tasks to work on generalization
- Prefer at least 2 sessions per week pending family's ability. I have parents join sessions and coach them on how to carryover at home so child has multiple blocks of daily practice.
- Move on to more complex syllable shapes as child is able. I focus on teaching words that are functional and will be used by child within daily routines.
- Use low or high tech AAC in conjunction with treatment depending on severity of child's speech unintelligibility.
- I use "speech cues" to help children "see" the sounds and fade these as they become more independent.

Describe parent/caregiver involvement: Parents join all therapy sessions. I typically will try a treatment strategy with a child and then have the parent attempt it to make sure they are comfortable with carrying the strategy to home. I provide therapy materials/ideas at every sessions and follow up at next session to see what successes/challenges the family experienced and give suggestions to modify as needed. I do a lot of coaching throughout the treatment to educate parents on CAS including appropriate sound substitutions to model and encourage, how to break words down and what factors increase motor planning difficulties.

Describe your past and current involvement in the Apraxia community​?​ My "Apraxia community" would be the skilled therapists that I have had the opportunity to work alongside and collaborate with. I read as much updated information on CAS that I come across and reference ASHA's best practice and Apraxia Kids for information when I have a treatment question. I refer parents to access Apraxia Kids website as well.

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

Age range​ treated?​ 1 years to 18 years

Hours of operation: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Locations where​ treatment ​is ​provided? Home

Insurance accepted? Yes

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