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Business Name: Back Bay Speech Therapy

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Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Phone Number: 857-293-9938

Email Address: thompsonkels.slp@gmail.com

Website: http://www.backbayspeechtherapy.com

Describe treatment approach used: My initial goal is always to make sure the child has a method of communication, usually by implementing AAC and developing a core vocabulary. I take into careful consideration the child's current repertoire and stimulability to choose targets. Once the child is able to make needs/wants met, I focus on motor learning of coordination of syllable shapes, as well as vowel differentiation. I utilize PROMPT and Kaufman methods depending what is appropriate for the goals, child, and family. Additionally I carefully consider aspects of motor learning: mass v. distributed practice, motivation, constant v. variable practice, and consistent, specific feedback. Working closely with the parents allows me to educate and empower them to help their child make progress.

Describe parent/caregiver involvement: Working in private practice, parents are heavily involved in my therapy process. From the beginning, I involve parents in: how they currently understand their child/meet their child's needs, what the biggest challenges are, how they envision therapy going (to better understand expectations), and how they feel about the diagnosis. Furthermore, it is important that a core vocabulary is built (and/or AAC is discussed) for the child to meet needs, parents weigh heavily in what vocabulary is used frequently and would be helpful to be targeted, how they feel about AAC and the type used, etc. Parents also are asked to sit in on parts of speech sessions and are thoroughly debriefed about how to practice at home. Parent collaboration is key in making sure the child makes consistent progress, but also that frustration is reduced and the child feels 'heard'.

Describe your past and current involvement in the Apraxia community​?​ I have been involved in Apraxia since my first clinical placement in graduate school, where my client was a 15 year old with a genetic disorder and Apraxia. Since then, I have worked with numerous children with CAS and their families and attended PROMPT training.

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

Age range​ treated?​ 0 years to 22 years

Hours of operation: 7:30 AM -7:00 PM

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

Insurance accepted? No

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