Progressive Speech Therapy

Progressive Speech Therapy


Speech is a complex act!
Pooja, this is a great piece:

44121 Harry Byrd Highway, Suite 255, Ashburn, VA 20147

The Center for AAC & Autism

Child Apraxia Treatment

Why it is important to identify CAS? In this excerpt from the FREE 1.5 hour “Introduction to CAS”, Dr. Edythe Strand provides examples of treatment decisions SLPs should consider when CAS is identified. Register for the online course and earn .15 ASHA CEUs at×tamp=1577468234&inviteId=BB%253FBB_KbB73TvjBfSMLVeaUN3JwVpktCrlmeHM7ANBTfULcaYtUG%252B4ivX5IA%253D%253D or you may view through Youtube at:

[01/08/20]   Progressive Speech Therapy will be open Wednesday Jan. 8th with our regular hours. Please contact your therapist if you need to make a change to your schedule.

Recent statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics supporting the use of AAC.

Recent statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics supporting the use of AAC

Child Apraxia Treatment

In this excerpt from a recent Advanced Training Workshop, Dr. Ruth Stoeckel discusses the relationship between CAS and other types of learning disabilities.

[12/16/19]   Good Morning PST Families,

Given the inclement weather, Progressive Speech Therapy will be closed today. Please contact your therapist to reschedule today's appointment. Stay warm and enjoy the day with your little ones today.

Smart Speech Therapy LLC

The use of questions to scaffold narrative coherence and cohesion

Questioning can be used to promote narrative skills in early education
Repetition or mere exposure to narrative is not sufficient to foster narrative skills

Teal Pumpkin Project

There are so many low-cost options for non-food treats to hand out for the #TealPumpkinProject on Halloween! Whether you're handing out only non-edible options or candy as well, these ideas will be sure to put a smile on treat-or-treaters faces this year:

Skill Builders

Next AAC Parent Group is Saturday November 9th at 9 AM in Annandale! Email Amy at [email protected] to RSVP. Hope to see you there!

Dr. Polly Panitz is an incredibly knowledgeable, passionate, and caring developmental pediatrician. She is leading the following support group for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders:

2019 DSANV Buddy Walk®

DSANV walk coming up!

Greetings DSANV Members and Supporters,

It is hard to believe that in just over a week we will be having our 15th DSANV Buddy Walk! Fifteen years of celebrating individuals with Down syndrome in the Northern Virginia area, and 15 years of sustaining the important work of DSANV. Much has changed in 15 years, especially technology and how that shapes access to information and community building. At DSANV, the Board of Directors is regularly evaluating how we can best serve the DSANV membership and mission. Over the past year the Board of Directors has discussed how to maximize positive impact DSANV has on our members and we regularly come back to the following themes:

Innovate - DSANV strives to develop innovative programming that fills gaps in local disability programming offerings and offers new, impactful services; strives to reach new populations in Northern Virginia; and aims to diversify our service delivery methods to better meet the needs of our Northern Virginia community.
Empower - DSANV programs should be structured to empower families and individuals with Down syndrome, employing a teach-the-teacher model; providing educational, medical, and advocacy information; or providing experiences that develop skills or self-confidence in individuals with Down syndrome and motivate them to meet their fullest potential.
Connect - DSANV aims to establish an inclusive, personal peer community for families touched by Down syndrome and also connect them with the wealth of services and programs in the Northern Virginia area by regularly sharing information and programming offered by other local organizations. By connecting with other organizations and connecting our members to additional services, we can be a force-multiplier.

DSANV's continued development over the past 15 years wouldn't be possible without the support of you, our wonderful members and supporters. We sincerely appreciate your commitment to DSANV and our mission. The Buddy Walk constitutes 80% of our operating budget for the year and we need your help to meet our goals to advance our programming. Please share our mission with family and friends and ask for their support -- every little bit helps.

We look forward to celebrating with you at Buddy Walk, and to a year ahead focused on serving our mission through innovation, empowerment, and connection. See you Sunday, October 6th at Signal Hill!

Warmly yours,

Kathryn Ramchand

President, DSANV

15th Annual DSANV Buddy Walk

Location: Signal Hill Park

9300 Signal View Drive
Manassas Park, VA 20111


8:30 am - 10:00 am
Onsite Registration Opens

10:00 am
Festival Opens!

10:30 am
Main Stage Presentation

11:00 am
Buddy Walk® Commences

1:30 pm
Award Presentation

2:30 pm

Festival Closes DSANVs 15th Annual Buddy Walk®

We Rock the Spectrum - Loudoun

Ok we Rockers, this is our BEST DEAL EVER - Over 50% Off!

Purchase these passes now before the chilly weather hits and your kids need a place to play and burn energy!

Passes are good for 1 year!

Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (DSANV)

Mark your calendar! DSANV is pleased to welcome the VA Dept. of Education to conduct their training program: Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities October 23, 2019 10:00am— 2:30pm. Location: DSANV Offices, Oakton.

“There are decisions that parents of students with disabilities make as early as elementary school that can impact the ability of a student to earn a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma,” Assistant Superintendent for Special Education and Student Services John Eisenberg said. “Parents need to know about these critical decision points and their potential consequences.”

We hope you can join us!

Gender Differences in ADHD

The Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Department of Pupil Services will present “Gender Differences in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18th, at Stone Hill Middle School.

Stone Hill is located at 23415 Evergreen Ridge Drive, Ashburn, VA 20148.

Join us for this important workshop to learn about gender differences in children and young adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD is commonly diagnosed in childhood, although it is diagnosed much more frequently in boys than in girls.

Patricia Quinn, M.D., will discuss the gender differences in ADHD and the important implications in diagnosis and treatment.

Register by calling 571-252-6540 or go to

LCPS information night about AAC:

Child Apraxia Treatment

Dr. Edythe Strand describes why practice is so important in treatment of CAS and provides tips on maximizing practice during therapy. To register for the FREE online course and earn .45 ASHA CEUs go to:

The Informed SLP

Overby et al. recently published a study that reviewed hours of home videos of infants and toddlers who were later diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) or a speech sound disorder, resulting in some red flags that can help you figure out which kids on your caseload are likely to end up with a diagnosis of CAS.

Here are a few of the atypicalities that the authors identified:
▫️Limited vocalizations with few speech-like sounds
🔹Limited consonant repertoire
▫️Favoring stops, nasals, and bilabials
🔸Limited variety of syllable structures

Our review and the full article both go more in depth on the subtle differences between kids who turned out to have CAS instead of a speech sound disorder, and how that might impact your practice.

Find out more in our Birth to Three review:

Of this research:

Child Apraxia Treatment

Research supports treatment for CAS that treats the underlying motor disorder by targeting motor learning. But what is motor learning, and what factors influence motor learning? In this excerpt from the FREE online video hosted by UTD, Dr. Edythe Strand describes factors therapists must be aware of to facilitate motor learning. To register and earn .45 ASHA CEUs go to:

Survey Participation

Apraxia Kids is conducting a community needs assessment and wants to hear from YOU! Please fill out this short, anonymous survey to help improve the programs and services offered by Apraxia Kids: Survey Participation

The Arc of Northern Virginia

Ask an Attorney!!
NEXT FRIDAY September 6 from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon at
The Arc of Northern Virginia

Panel Presenters:
Attorneys Kelly Thompson, John Laster, Valerie Geiger, and Cary Cucinelli

When you have a child (or an adult) with disabilities, an extra level of planning is required. For example, you need to think about special needs trusts (SNT), powers of attorney (POA), advanced medical directives, wills, when and how to fund a SNT, who can fund a SNT, when to begin planning and why, what to do with your home, how frequently to review the planning documents, etc. The list goes on and on! Join us and a number of experienced attorneys to learn about all of these important topics.

Register here:

Child Apraxia Treatment

CAS is a motor disorder, and requires a motor based treatment, especially for children with severe CAS. In this video excerpt from the FREE online video hosted by UTD Callier Center, Dr. Edythe strand describes what is emphasized in a motor based approach. To register:

35 Children's Books That Teach Empathy And Kindness

Teach kindness! These stories feature messages of compassion, acceptance and inclusion.

When Little Girls Are Mean: Helping Young Girls Handle Relational Aggression

Two days into the school year and we have already had numerous questions about bullying. While this blog post is referring to girls the resources, books, and tips may apply more generally "The mean-girl thing is happening much sooner than everyone realizes."

Evaluating Claims to Avoid Pseudoscientific and Unproven Practices in Special Education | Request PDF Request PDF on ResearchGate | Evaluating Claims to Avoid Pseudoscientific and Unproven Practices in Special Education | Special education professionals are charged with using evidence-based practices, but various unproven, disproven, and pseudoscientific interventions continue to proliferate. Unprov...

The Informed SLP

Journal articles are expensive.

But many (most?) articles also have free legal versions available online!

Learn how to find them, here:

The TL;DR = Download It's our personal favorite of all the options!

Child Apraxia Treatment

This FREE online video explains why clinicians need to view, assess and treat CAS differently from a more typical phonological speech sound disorders. Here Dr. Strand explain this paradigm shift in her introduction to the FREE online video hosted by the University of Texas at Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders. To register and earn .45 ASHA CEUs go to:

Teaching Resources by Shelley Gray

Target Unveils Adaptive Halloween Costumes For Kids With Disabilities The line includes adaptive and sensory-friendly outfits and coordinating wheelchair covers.

Should I use a mirror in therapy with a child with CAS?

In this video clip from an Advanced Training Workshop, Dr. Strand addresses the issue of whether or not to use a mirror when using a motor speech approach to treatment of CAS.

Who is coming to the Apraxia Kids conference in Pittsburgh next week? Here's a preview of Pooja Aggarwal's seminar with Dr. Ruth Stoeckel. Lots of clinical information combining speech pathology, science, education, research, evidence based practice, and how this all helps children find their voice!

Grants/Financial Assistance

Finances can be a huge barrier for parents to access services for their child with a disability. Here are some pinned some resources here that may be of help: Discover recipes, home ideas, style inspiration and other ideas to try.

Gov. Northam signs law to remove autism health coverage age cap Virginia Governor Ralph Northam held a ceremonial bill signing at the Capitol Square Bell Tower on Tuesday for legislation that will improve access for families whose children have been diagnosed with autism.

LCPS Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Survey 2018-2019

Dear parents and guardians of LCPS students with special needs – A reminder that the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)’s parent/guardian survey is open through this Friday, May 31st. SEAC appreciates your participation, as it helps to identify common themes that point to strengths, service gaps, or systemic issues as LCPS works to support the needs of over 10,000 LCPS students who receive special education services.

Here is the link to the survey: The LCPS Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is appointed by the LCPS School Board to advise the Board on the needs of special education students, as well as provide recommendations to improve services. SEAC also offers a variety of presentations throughout the school year to provide informa...

People With Disabilities Are Entitled to a Free Lifetime Pass to National Parks If you or your child has a permanent disability you may be entitled to a free, lifetime pass to visit the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands.

The Center for AAC & Autism

Check out this great idea for finding and adapting books from Tarheel Reader and creating visual supports using the PASS software for modeling targeted vocabulary while reading.

Shared from #basscaac

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

This week, ASHA's Identify the Signs campaign welcomed its newest campaign partner, Baby Navigator! This is a new online resource from the creators of Autism Navigator (also certified speech-language pathologists)! View--and share--Baby Navigator's new public service announcement with families that have young children. For more visit the Baby Navigator website at

Temple Grandin Named to National Women's Hall of Fame Congratulations, Dr. Grandin.

May Autism and Dev Differences Parent Coffee: Mental Health Awareness Month May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Research tells us that parents of children with autism experience exceptionally high levels of stress, levels similar to soldiers in combat zones. In addition, many people with autism experience co-occuring mental health challenges, such as anxiety and depressio...

I just heard back from the Governor's office and May 14, 2019 will be the official Childhood Apraxia of Speech Awareness Day! I just received the proclamation by email but if anyone in Richmond is interested in picking it up in person we can coordinate a celebratory event!

Child Apraxia Treatment

Check it out, FREE evidence based apraxia group for parents and professionals!!!!

The new Child Apraxia Treatment page will provide Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)-related resources for both therapists and parents, including video clips, answers to common questions, and more.

Follow our page (@ChildApraxiaTreatment) to stay current on new CAS research, get treatment tips that you can use immediately in your practice, and see answers to questions submitted to our panel of experts.

We encourage you to "like" our page and share it with colleagues and parents. Please help us spread the word about CAS and DTTC! The page will also include information about upcoming workshops, which can easily be shared as well.

We provide information and resources related to Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) diagnosis and treatment to both clinicians and parents.

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