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Business Name: Family First of Greater Pittsburgh, LLC

1525 Freeport Road
Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania15065

Phone Number: (412) 427-3313

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Describe treatment approach used: Typically, my case load includes children with multiple contributions to their communication difficulty...typically Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing disorder, or Down syndrome. This adds a behavioral AND emotional/mental health component that requires a relationship-based, embedded, inclusive, naturalistic, and holistic approach. An approach that ensures motivation, attention, reduced sensory-seeking and anxiety, is the foundation on top of which I build motor-speech therapy.

Having received training through CASANA, I utilize Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) extensively. I also incorporate methods that emulate Nancy Kaufmann's approach of deconstructing functional words to then help children build them back up motorically. I do not utilize PROMPT and have not found it to be particularly helpful in my practice, particularly for students with multiple contributions, as indicated above. However, when touch-cuing is effective, I will certainly utilize tactile prompts. (However, not in the trademarked manner of PROMPT.)

Describe parent/caregiver involvement: I write anecdotal notes that offer highlights and suggestions. With permission, I record short videos to share with families and, if permitted, educators and other professionals. I often conduct sessions inclusively or embedded with families, siblings, etc. When I am working inclusively, I do therapy "out loud," narrating and highlighting behaviors as we work.

Describe your past and current involvement in the Apraxia community​?​ My early professional mentors were Dave Hammer and Tom Campbell, both of whom spearheaded functional treatment protocols for children with CAS...before we had consensus as a profession on CAS (i.e. what it is, what causes it, what to do with it differently than other speech disorders). It all starts there.

Then, I worked with many children with suspected CAS early in my career, both with Dave Hammer and also Joyce O'Keefe at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh - East.

I also gained a reputation among families and professionals with children with ASD and Ds. (Autism Spectrum Disorders and Down syndrome.) Finally, I gained training and experience with PBSP. (Positive Behavior Support Planning.)

I worked with Ken Kwasniewski and other folks at PRC (Prentke-Romich Company) and gained some fluency with higher-tech AAC.

Finally, I participated in the first CASANA Bootcamp at Duquesne University.

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

Age range​ treated?​ Approximately 3 to 21+

Hours of operation: Monday - Friday 8 - 6

Locations where​ treatment ​is ​provided? Office/Clinic, Home, Daycare, Other

Insurance accepted? Yes