It’s just not fair.
As an undergraduate in 2004, the first child I tutored had childhood apraxia of speech.
She said “turtle,” clear as day on her third birthday and couldn’t say it again clearly for two years. True story.
That is the reality for some children with childhood apraxia of speech.
But these kiddos are where my heart lives.
These are the kids that have motivated me to take extra courses to learn multiple assessment and treatment modalities, including PROMT, Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (KSPT), Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC), Rapid Syllable Transition Treatment (ReST), and Dynamic Evaluation of Motor Speech Skills (DEMSS).
These are the kids that make me think outside the box.
Working toward a solution.
Together we’ll take a close look at not just the structure, but the function and coordination of the jaw, lips, and tongue.
We’ll find where the breakdowns are and jump in with both feet. And do it over and over and over.
I have found that an individualized approach that utilizes a combination of methods tailored to each child’s strengths and weaknesses provides the best outcomes.
We’ll get more creative than we ever thought we could to keep therapy interesting, meaningful, and effective.
It takes time but can be done.
The journey is long, and outcomes vary.
But there is hope, and I am here to walk with you along the way.
You don’t have to navigate childhood apraxia of speech alone! Call me at (818) 217-0460.