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Eye Contact in Apraxia Therapy Apr 04, 2024

Does a child need eye contact for apraxia therapy?

There is a misconception that a child must maintain eye contact during apraxia therapy. Here are the attention skills required for a child to engage in apraxia therapy:
  • The child should display joint attention skills, which involve...
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Multisensory Cueing in Apraxia Therapy Mar 04, 2024

What is multisensory cueing? And why is it so important in apraxia therapy?

Multisensory cueing involves visual, auditory-verbal, and tactile cues. Children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) struggle with sequencing speech movements and transitioning between sounds. The use of multisensory...

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Sensory regulation to improve attention for apraxia therapy Feb 28, 2024
 

While settling in at my computer, I realized my habit of setting up a few things to aid me during work. From enjoying a cup of tea, a crunchy snack, or a lollipop, to playing music and wearing comfy clothes.

It's common for SLPs to have similar preferences. Hence, it shouldn't come as a...

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Co-articulation in Apraxia therapy Feb 27, 2024

Co-articulation Explained:

  • Co-articulation refers to how a sound is influenced by neighboring sounds.
  • Consider co-articulation when setting speech targets, as it can aid children in acquiring new sounds or improving accuracy with sounds they already know.
  • Utilizing co-articulation can enhance...
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How I use Speech Sound Cue Cards in Apraxia Therapy Dec 13, 2023

One of the most important aspects of treatment for childhood apraxia of speech is multi-sensory cueing.  That includes auditory / verbal, tactile and visual cues.  Todays post will focus on how I use speech sound cue cards as a visual cue to elicit sounds and...

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My Favorite Toys for Apraxia Therapy Dec 12, 2023

What makes one toy more effective than another?

I try and work on my target words in a functional activity. 

Some toys are more limiting and some are more open ended.

Open ended means they can be used in many different ways.  Easter eggs are an example of an open ended toy. ...

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Vowels Errors in Childhood Apraxia of Speech Oct 13, 2023

Vowel errors are common in children with apraxia of speech.

 

Vowel errors significantly affect intelligibility.  It is a more discriminative characteristic of childhood apraxia of speech.  Apraxia therapy must address vowel errors.

 

Please note: I will be using the...

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Types of Feedback in Apraxia Therapy Oct 10, 2023

Feedback is very important in apraxia therapy. It gives the child information as to whether or not his production was accurate or if he needs to change the movements on the next production.  

Do you know about the different types of feedback that we use in apraxia therapy?

What are the...

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Segmenting words in Apraxia therapy Sep 18, 2023

When teaching a new word, please don't segment!

Segmenting is when you teach each sound in the word separately. It creates robotic speech and does not help the child move between the sounds.

Apraxia therapy is all about movement.  Children with childhood apraxia of speech have difficulty...

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My favorite Books for Working on Prosody in Apraxia Therapy May 02, 2023

What is Prosody? And why do children with CAS have difficulty with Prosody?

Prosody is: 

The rhythm, stress, and intonation of speech.  

  • Stress: the emphasis on a syllable.
  • Rhythm: the timing of the stress of syllables in a sentence.
  • Intonation:  the way the pitch of your...
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Apraxia Therapy: It's all about the movement Apr 21, 2023

The focus of apraxia treatment is on the movement

I attended an advanced CAS workshop with Dr. Edythe Strand.  Dr. Strand is well known is the field of CAS treatment.  She created an evidenced based treatment program called DTTC, which stands for Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing. The...

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Rapport in Apraxia therapy Nov 11, 2022

Rapport is an extremely important part of Apraxia therapy

Therapists are always asking how I elicit a lot of repetitions in apraxia therapy.  Well, having a good rapport with the child is a good start.  Rapport is an extremely important part of apraxia therapy.  I believe in it so...

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Free Target Selection for CAS Handout! 

 

Tips to help you choose target words for minimally verbal children.

What is multisensory cueing?

Do's and Don'ts in Apraxia therapy

 

 

 

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