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Business Name: Leah Blum- Private Practice

Address:
84 Summershade Court
East Amherst, New York14051

Phone Number: (716) 481-2157

Email Address: lfblumslp@verizon.net

Describe treatment approach used: In addition to specializing in CAS as a speech-language pathologist, I am also the mother to a now 21 year old son with Apraxia. I was an SLP prior to my son's birth, but his journey with CAS is what has inspired me to learn as much about this issue as possible, and to help other children and families struggling with this diagnosis. My overall approach is to help my students develop communication skills using whatever modalities are most effective for them. I focus mainly on incorporation of PROMPT therapy to address verbal skills, but also include aspects of the Kaufman approach, and also introduce low and high tech augmentative communication and sign language if needed. My overall goal is functional communication to help the child increase independence and reduce frustration.

Describe parent/caregiver involvement: Depending on the child, parents either participate and observe directly in the session, or are able to hear the session from an adjoining room. At the conclusion of each session, parents are provided a summary of activities and goals that were addressed. Carryover and "homework" activities and strategies are provided. Parents are not expected to provide any tactile prompting to the child, but once the student has progressed to being able to produce sounds/words with less cuing, parents are expected to carryover use of these targets into their home setting.

Describe your past and current involvement in the Apraxia community​?​ From 2003- 2006 I was involved in the founding and organization and running of the WNY Childhood Apraxia Organization. This group was started by myself, my husband and three other families who had young children at the time, all diagnosed with CAS. We held monthly family meetings, and the children would play and socialize with each other and their siblings while the parents engaged with each other. We alternated formats on a monthly basis including guest speakers on numerous topics affecting children with CAS, and then a "Family of the Month" presentation in which a family would review their child’s history, and current issues and information and suggestions.

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

Age range​ treated?​ Toddlers to Adults

Hours of operation: Monday- Friday 8am- 6 pm
Sundays- 8 am- 1:00 pm

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

Insurance accepted? No

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