Laurie is a Level One certified clinician in the Prompts For Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) technique. PROMPT is a therapeutic treatment that incorporates auditory, visual, and tactile cues through the use of touch, pressure, and specific placement in order to provide feedback to the speech system. PROMPT may be used with a disruption in speech production due to a variety of reasons (auditory processing problems, poor tongue strength, apraxia, etc.). The PROMPT technique has proven to be successful with many of Laurie’s clients.
Laurie is also trained as a Level C Floortime™ provider. This therapy program, created by Stanley Greenspan, M.D., helps children relate, communicate, and think. The Floortime™ method focuses on how a child functions developmentally in all areas—language, cognition, social-emotional, and motor skills—all of which are inter-related. Working with children on a one-on-one basis, Laurie plays with them at their level and observes how they process information and respond to their surroundings through their senses.
By understanding how children interact in their daily lives, Laurie can work with their environments to help them learn and progress. She can also guide parents and caregivers towards identifying strengths, allowing the children to better enjoy relationships and build functional social-emotional capacities that will set them free.
The Listening Program®
This is a series of specially formatted CDs that train the brain to process sound more effectively to overcome weaknesses. Listening to the CDs literally exercises and tones small muscles in the ear and helps build stronger multi-sensory pathways to the brain.
This family of products are computer-based exercises that affect learning by developing and strengthening the following essential cognitive skills:
• Memory improves the ability to retain information, both short- and long-term.
• Attention enhances the ability to maintain focus on multiple tasks and ignore distractions.
• Processing allows the individual to analyze images and distinguish sounds quickly enough to discriminate their differences.
• Sequencing places information in a logical order which allows for improved memory, attention and processing.
This software focuses a child’s attention on the sounds of words and teaches a full range of phonological awareness, auditory processing, phonics and language skills.