|Motor Reconnect Apraxia Program – Treatment Activities www.aphasiatoolbox.com 5/24/2011|
|We now offer both online and on-site CEU Apraxia Treatment programs for SLPs. If you are interested in participating in or sponsoring a Motor Reconnect Apraxia Program CEU program, contact Bill Connors at 724.494.2534 or bill@aphasiatoolboxcom. While this newsletter is primarily intended for speech pathologists, it should also useful be for people with apraxia and their caregivers/coaches. If you missed the previous newsletter, you may review it by visiting our website at www.aphasiatoolbox.com and clicking on Resources then Archived Newsletters. |
SLP: If you would like to refer a client for online treatment or to consult with us in collaborative therapy, contact Bill Connors at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724.494.2534 .
PERSON WITH APHASIA or CAREGIVER: if you would like to set up an online consultation or for more information contact Bill Connors at email@example.com or 724.494.2534 .
|This is the third and final in a series of newsletters discussing a new, innovative approach to the treatment of acquired apraxia of speech (motor programming problems). Speech/language pathologists (SLP), people with apraxia, and caregivers/practice coaches routinely share with us at aphasiatoolbox.com their disappointment with progress in apraxia treatment programs. In response to this need, we have created the Motor Reconnect Apraxia Program. Over 30 years in development, this program calls upon 21 key therapy and practice principles ( http://aphasiatoolbox.blogspot.com/2011/04/new-campaign-apr-17-2011-at-850-am.html ). Finally there is a program that truly approaches apraxia as a movement disorder with a focus on motor skills ( Mass, 2008). |
In our last newsletter, we discussed in more detail principles and techniques of this Motor Reconnect Apraxia Program. At a recent professional workshop, Nancy Helm-Estabrooks offered, “The fact is that we are beyond using just linguistic therapy with people with aphasia.” (Helm-Estabrooks, 2011). Likewise, we are beyond just doing speech therapy with over-reliance on motor learning theory when treating people with acquired apraxia. In our first newsletter on this topic, we compared and contrasted the motor learning principles used routinely in treating childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) with our proposed motor reconnect principles for treating people who have already learned how to talk but have an acquired impairment. The difference between treating CAS in children and acquired apraxia in adults is remarkable and all too often overlooked by treatment programs.
Motor Reconnect Apraxia Program – The Program
Review of some key principles:
The specific elements of the Motor Reconnect Program for Apraxia – (targeted mental processes and skills):
Heilman, Kenneth, and Gonzalez Rothi, Leslie, Apraxia – The Dana Guide, http://www.dana.org/news/brainhealth/detail.aspx?id=9772
Helm-Estabrooks, Nancy, Cognition and Aphasia: Clinical Implications, Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, 4/7/2011, Pittsburgh, PA
Maas, E., Robin, D. A., Austermann Hula, S. N., Freedman, S. E., Wulf, G., Ballard, K. J., & Schmidt, R. A. (2008). Principles of motor learning in treatment of motor speech disorders. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 17, 277-298.
Movement, Balance, and Coordination – the Dana Guide, Georgopoulos, Aposotlos, http://www.dana.org/news/brainhealth/detail.aspx?id=10070 , November 2007
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