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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 one of the discriminative characteristics of childhood apraxia of speech.  Apraxia therapy must address vowel errors.

 

Please note: I will be using...

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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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What is Forward and Backward Chaining? How do we use it in Apraxia Therapy? Oct 03, 2022

Chaining is a very effective cueing technique in Apraxia therapy.  It can be used to correct a distorted sound in the word as well as working on omission of initial and final sounds in the word.  Children with childhood apraxia of speech often simplify syllable structures which results...

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Word Repetition in Language Based Therapy versus Apraxia Therapy Aug 07, 2022

Word repetition is important for acquiring new motor plans.  

How does the learning differ for children with a language based disorder versus a child with a motor speech disorder?

A child with a developmental language delay benefits from repetition of words during daily routines. ...

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Can I Use the Complexity Approach with Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, CAS? Jul 17, 2022

A child can have co-occurring speech sound disorders.  A child can have Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and have some phonological pattern errors or articulation errors.  A child can have CAS and have dysarthria.  The  assessment process will help determine the role and...

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Podcast episode Jul 07, 2022

So.....I was a guest on a podcast! I engaged in an informative discussion with Cara Tambellini Danielson from @caraspeech  https://www.instagram.com/caraspeech/ on her podcast Early Education Matters with Cara Speech.  The topic of the podcast is Suspected Childhood Apraxia of...

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

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Do's and Don'ts in Apraxia therapy

 

 

 

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