Therapy Approach & Techniques

We follow a developmental social pragmatic approach to intervention, which is based on the idea that children learn to communicate in the context of everyday activities and settings. In addition, we are well versed in a range of methods and forms of intervention for a variety of challenges. Techniques include, but are not limited to, direct teaching and skill building with tabletop activities, computer activities, reading/writing activities, DIR/Floortime® techniques involving a more naturalistic language approach, and more.

As a clinician who is certified in the DIR/Floortime ® model, Erika’s therapy focuses on engaging the child in highly motivating activities aimed at improving communication skills that follow a developmental trajectory. As she recognizes the crucial role the family plays in their child’s development, Erika capitalizes on the caregivers’ involvement in the therapy process and provides the support they need to implement easy and effective strategies to help their child enhance their communication skills. This increased family involvement results in parents seeing first-hand the child’s progress and being better educated about the whole process. In turn, they become equipped to apply those strategies as they interact with their child on any given situation. Erika provides speech therapy services in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Therapy Approach & Techniques

We follow a developmental social pragmatic approach to intervention, which is based on the idea that children learn to communicate in the context of everyday activities and settings. In addition, we are well versed in a range of methods and forms of intervention for a variety of challenges. Techniques include, but are not limited to, direct teaching and skill building with tabletop activities, computer activities, reading/writing activities, DIR/Floortime® techniques involving a more naturalistic language approach, and more.

As a clinician who is certified in the DIR/Floortime ® model, Erika’s therapy focuses on engaging the child in highly motivating activities aimed at improving communication skills that follow a developmental trajectory. As she recognizes the crucial role the family plays in their child’s development, Erika capitalizes on the caregivers’ involvement in the therapy process and provides the support they need to implement easy and effective strategies to help their child enhance their communication skills. This increased family involvement results in parents seeing first-hand the child’s progress and being better educated about the whole process. In turn, they become equipped to apply those strategies as they interact with their child on any given situation. Erika provides speech therapy services in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Clinical Certifications/Trainings:

  1. DIR/Floortime® (Level 2 Certificate—Advanced)
  2. Baby Navigator SoCo Check-up Screening provider
  3. “It Takes Two to Talk”—Hanen Program
  4. “JumpStart to Coaching in Everyday Activities”—Autism Navigator
  5. Social Thinking 
  6. PROMPT trained 
  7. SOS approach to Feeding  
  8. Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS): Treatment Techniques–ASHA

Fun Facts

As an expert in her field, Erika gave a presentation about her work using the DIR/Floortime® model at the 2016 ASHA National Convention in Philadelphia. This was part of a Panel Discussion that addressed the spectrum of therapy approaches called Teaching Kids with Autism to Talk: How It’s Done! This was a unique discussion among SLP clinicians and researchers addressing the behavioral intervention approaches on one end and the developmental social pragmatic approaches on the other end of the spectrum. In other words, techniques ranging from a prescriptive, therapist-led, communication behavior training to a naturalistic, child-led, and socially oriented form of therapy. The room was packed, as SLPs were in constant and healthy discussions about what method of intervention works best.

As an Undergraduate student in Psychology, Erika helped conduct a study about speech perception in newborn (4 to 5 hours old) babies. They found that newborns could lip-read to an extent. That study was published in the scientific journal: Developmental Science 2:1 (1999). As one of the authors, she signed as Erika S. Braga, her single name.

Philosophy

 

It does take a village to raise a child. At Communikids Miami Speech Therapy we believe in teamwork between the therapist and the child’s family. In every session we strive to reach the child’s full communication potential by following his/her interests. Connection and trust come first. We ensure that each session ends on a positive note which results in the child looking forward to the next session.

Values

  • Excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Connection/Engagement
  • Ethics
  • Respect
  • Trust
  • Love/Care

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