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2016 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia Speakers

 

Sarah Carmody Remy, MS, CCC-SLP, obtained her Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from Teachers College, Columbia University, with a focus in multilingualism and multiculturalism. She is fluent in English, French, and Spanish. Sarah provides multilingual diagnostic and therapy services at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center, located at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She primarily works with children age birth to 21, with communication challenges that include speech and language impairment, social pragmatic difficulties, feeding impairment, apraxia and other motor speech impairments. Sarah also operates a small private practice in New York City, and has lectured on bilingualism and language development for various local and national organizations. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and French from Boston College. Prior to beginning her career as a speech pathologist, she worked as an English teaching assistant in France and also delivered volunteer speech and language services in a Children’s Hospital in Bolivia.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Megan Carrick, MOTR/L, is a pediatric Occupational Therapist and clinical director at Kids In Sync in both Chicago, IL and Northfield, IL.  Megan delivers comprehensive OT intervention working with children individually, in groups, in sibling sessions, with parents, grandparents, other providers and schools.  Megan earned her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL.   She has trained extensively in sensory integration theory and practice and is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test.  She has also trained extensively in the DIR model and holds an Expert DIR/Floortime Certificate through the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning.  More recently Megan has focused a great deal of her continuing education on the work of Dr. Dan Siegel and his model of Interpersonal Neurobiology.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Sue Caspari, MA, CCC-SLP, is nationally recognized as a leading practitioner in the area of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). She has worked extensively with children and adults in a variety of settings including early intervention, private practice and inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, including the Mayo Clinic. Sue has published scholarly articles on CAS, and is regularly invited to conduct workshops and seminars around the country on CAS. ln her current practice, she works primarily with – and as a consultant and advocate for children with severe speech production disorders. Sue is a CASANA advisory board member, an associate member of the Academy of Neurologic communication Disorders and Sciences, and a member of ASHA’s Neurophysiology and Neurogenic speech and Language Disorders Special lnterest Division.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Caspari is a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America. She receives no compensation as a member of CASANA’s Professional Advisory Board.  There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Amy Clark, MS, CCC-SLP, is a treatment clinician and CARES representative at Children’s Minnesota. She has 20 years of extensive experience working with children with developmental delays, motor speech disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and language disorders. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competency and is licensed in Minnesota. She has been responsible for providing supervision for other speech-language pathologists and graduate students. She became a Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) Instructor in 2008 and presents regularly throughout the US and Canada. Amy has a special interest in motor speech disorders and PROMPT. She is driven and thankful to share what she has learned throughout her years in practice to help other SLPs grow clinically and most importantly help patients reach their full potential.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Clark is currently employed by the PROMPT Institute as an independent contractor to teach PROMPT workshops. One of Ms. Clark’s presentations will focus solely on the PROMPT method of treatment. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Josh Cook, MFA, is from Pensacola, FL and is in the U.S Air Force stationed in South Carolina. He and his wife of 7 years, Kyleen, have twin 4-year-old boys, Asher and Hayden. Asher was diagnosed with CAS in January, 2015 while Josh was serving a remote assignment in Korea. Since his son’s diagnosis, he and his wife have tried to educate themselves and others on CAS. They co-coordinated South Carolina’s only Apraxia Awareness walk of 2015. Josh has been a creative person his whole life leading him to complete both his B.S. of Graphic Design and M.F.A. of Media Design from Full Sail University. He hopes to help children with apraxia communicate through artistic media.

  • Disclosure: Cook is the parent of a young child diagnosed with CAS. There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Margaret Fish, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist working in private practice in Highland Park, Illinois, with over 30 years’ experience as a pediatric SLP. Her primary professional interests are in the areas of children’s speech sound disorders, language disorders, and social language development. Margaret is the author of the book, Here’s How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech, now in its Second Edition. She is a frequently invited speaker at local, state and national workshops. Her workshops and writing focus on providing practical, evidence-based ideas to support clinicians working with children with CAS. Dee serves on the Professional Advisory Board for CASANA.

  • Disclosure: Fish is the author of the book, “Here’s How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech,” which is available in the CASANA online store. She serves on CASANA’s Professional Advisory Board. She receives no compensation as a member of CASANA’s Professional Advisory Board. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Marjorie Fujara, MD, FAAP, is a board certified Child Abuse Pediatrician.  For the past fifteen years, she has served on the Child Protective Services Team at Stroger Hospital and in the medical clinic at the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center.  Although she takes great joy in her work as a physician, she is most proud of her work at home where she shares the privilege of raising four amazing children, with her husband, Karl. Their children range in age from 5 to 16. Their youngest child, Jacob, has been an inspiration to his entire family as he consistently rises to the many challenges he faces as a Kindergartner with severe Childhood Apraxia of Speech in a General Education classroom.

  • Disclosure: Dr. Fujara is the parent of a young child diagnosed with CAS. There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Christina Gildersleeve-Neumann, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Associate Professor and Chair in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University in Oregon. She conducts research on speech development and disorder and treatment efficacy for speech sound disorders, with emphases on bilingual Spanish-English populations and childhood apraxia of speech.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Sharon Gretz, MEd, is the founder and Executive Director of CASANA. She has her Master’s degree in Counseling and has completed all course work toward a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  She has worked in the disability field for over 30 years, with expertise in organizational and program development.  In 2002, Ms. Gretz was honored by the National Council on Communicative Disorders/ASHA at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC when she was awarded the National Distinguished Service Award for her dedication to elevating national awareness and advocacy on behalf of children with CAS and their families.  In 2008 she was selected as a Community Champion by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for her work related to children with apraxia.  Sharon is the parent of a 23-year-old son, who was diagnosed at the age of 3 years with severe apraxia of speech.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Gretz receives compensation for her role with CASANA. She is also the parent of a young adult diagnosed as a young child with CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Amanda Griffith-Atkins, MS, LMFT, completed her graduate work at Northwestern University in 2008, earning a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, homes, group practice, and most currently, her private practice in which she launched in 2015. Amanda works primarily with couples and individuals and has a clinical interest in grief and loss, parenting, couples issues, and anxiety and depression. She has 2 sons, Silas (3.5) and Asher (6.5), who has Prader-Willi Syndrome and Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

  • Disclosure: Griffith-Atkins is the parent of a young child diagnosed with CAS. There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Heather N. Hamilton, MS, CCC-SLP, owns Keystone Pediatric Therapy in Northampton, PA where she evaluates and treats children with childhood apraxia of speech.  She is a graduate of the CASANA Intensive Training Institute on CAS.  She is the Walk Coordinator for the Lehigh Valley Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech and coordinates the Lehigh Valley Apraxia Network for Parents and Professionals.  Heather’s two passions within the field of speech therapy are augmentative communication and treating children with CAS.

  • Hamilton is a graduate of CASANA’s Intensive Training Institute on CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Dave Hammer, MA, CCC-SLP, is the Director of Professional Development and Speech Services for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA).  Prior to this position, Dave had 35 years of pediatric clinical experience at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA with specialty interests in childhood apraxia of speech and speech sound disorders.  He has been invited to present over 150 workshops on childhood apraxia and speech sound disorders throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia.  Dave was a member of the ASHA AdHoc committee on childhood apraxia of speech.  He has been involved in the production of a number of apraxia-related DVD’s and an innovative children’s CD.  Dave is known for his practical and therapy-rich presentations.

  • Disclosure: Mr. Hammer receives compensation for his role with CASANA. Hammer receives ongoing compensation for his participation in the production of the CASANA DVD “Treatment Strategies for Childhood Apraxia of Speech.” Mr. Hammer also acts as the ASHA CE Consultant for CASANA. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Kenda Hammer, MEd, has served as an early literacy/child development specialist, kindergarten teacher, parent educator, researcher, writer, professional development coordinator/facilitator/presenter, literacy coach, and transition coordinator across her 36-year professional career with the Fox Chapel Area School District in Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As an innovator in educational programming, she consults and also founded, directed, and taught the district’s unique Family Literacy Center program for ten years in a Sharpsburg storefront, one of the Pittsburgh area river communities in need. Kenda supervises student teachers of early childhood education and teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her B.S. with a double major in child development and early childhood education; and her M.Ed. in elementary education. She also consults independently through Hammer Educational Consulting, established as: Cultivating “Success4Kids” Creatively with Families & Schools in Communities Together.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Alyssa Hampson, MS, CCC-SLP, is an SLP residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alyssa is co-owner of Let’s Talk! Rehabilitation Services. She is CASANA certified for Advanced Training and Clinical Expertise in CAS. Alyssa has worked with children who had CAS for over 20 years. She has presented at local clinics, school districts and local Universities, regarding CAS diagnosis/treatment and Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC).

  • Disclosure: Hampson is a graduate of CASANA’s Intensive Training Institute on CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Kathy Hennessy, BA, is the Director of Education at the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Communications from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. Prior to Ms. Hennessy’s current role at CASANA, she worked in various professional theatres located throughout the Pittsburgh area, including the Pittsburgh Laboratory Theater as the Managing Director. Kathy and her daughter Kate are co-authors of the book, Anything But Silent, Our Journey through Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Kathy is the single mother of two young adults diagnosed with severe Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) as toddlers.  She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. As a founding member of and currently the Director of Education for CASANA, she has devoted much of her time to the special issues surrounding children with CAS and has counseled thousands of families dealing with this overwhelming diagnosis.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Hennessy receives compensation for her role with CASANA. She is also the parent of two young adults diagnosed as young children with CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Julie Hoffmann, MA, CCC-SLP, specializes in children with severe speech sound disorders and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She has been on the faculty at Saint Louis University since 1994 and is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor. She provides clinical instruction for diagnostics and therapy and teaches courses in Phonetics and Speech/Language Development & Disorders for the Classroom Teacher. Julie has a private practice in Columbia, IL specializing in treating children with severe speech disorders. She has a passion for teaching and working with challenging clients and their families.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Kathy J. Jakielski, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the Florence C. and Dr. John E. Wertz Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois where she serves as Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has over thirty years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults with severe speech impairment, including CAS. She currently conducts research on genetic bases, differential diagnosis, and intervention efficacy on children with CAS. Thinking about, teaching, and working to figure out CAS is what gets her out of bed most mornings.

  • Disclosure: Dr. Jakielski is a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America. She receives no compensation as a member of CASANA’s Professional Advisory Board.  Jakielski is a faculty member of CASANA’s intensive training institute on CAS and is compensated for her participation in the training. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Nancy R. Kaufman, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and the owner/director of the Kaufman Children’s Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor, and Social Connections, Inc. (KCC), located in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Since 1979, Nancy has dedicated herself to establishing the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP), a treatment approach to help children become effective vocal communicators. The author of several products designed to help children who struggle to speak using the K-SLP methods, she most recently published the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol Instructional DVD Set. She lectures locally, nationally, and internationally on the subject of CAS and other speech sound disorders in children. Nancy serves on the professional advisory board of CASANA.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Kaufman is a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America. She receives no compensation as a member of CASANA’s Professional Advisory Board. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Amy Krantz, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in the treatment of speech-sound disorders and stuttering.   She works primarily in the public schools in Salt Lake City, UT and manages her own private practice after school hours.   She also is the clinical director for the University of Utah’s Intensive Stuttering Clinic.  Ms. Krantz has taught Articulation and Phonology at the graduate level and co-lead the development of Primary Children’s assessment/treatment protocol for children with CAS.  Amy is a 2012 graduate of the CASANA Intensive Training Institute and is recognized for Advanced Training and Expertise in CAS.

  • Disclosure: Krantz is a graduate of CASANA’s Intensive Training Institute on CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Bonnie Leaf MSc, RSLP, S-LP (C), Bonnie is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has 30+ years of pediatric clinical experience and specializes in treating children with challenging speech sound disorders and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). She is CASANA Recognized for Advanced Training and Expertise in CAS. Bonnie is passionate about providing quality assessment and evidence based intervention services to children throughout central Alberta through her private practice. She frequently presents on speech/language topics to a variety of audiences and is known for workshops that are energetic, interactive and packed with “use it tomorrow” practicality.

  • Disclosure: Leaf is a graduate of CASANA’s Intensive Training Institute on CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Aaron Lieberman, DSW, LCSW, LMHC, is an associate Professor at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University.   For the past seventeen years, he has taught in the graduate department of counseling and school psychology preparing students for licensure and practice in the areas of mental health counseling, marriage and family counseling, general and school counseling.  Prior to teaching, he worked in the provision of direct practice in clinics, and agencies where he gained comprehensive clinical, practical and substantive experience. Part of this professional background involves nearly two decades with the New York City Department of Education as a member of the Committee on Special Education. Responsibilities there involved providing oversight to the School Based Support Teams (SBST) and representing the Department of Education at formal mediations and impartial hearings. Prior to this work, Dr. Lieberman had served as a clinician in residential treatment centers, community mental health centers, mental health training institutes and EAP agencies, and had sustained a private practice, among other professional roles. He is a licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R) in New York State.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Jeanne Lippert is the parent of child with apraxia of speech from St. Paul, Minnesota.

Disclosure: Ms. Lippert is a member of the Board of Directors of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association. She is not compensated for her role with CASANA. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Edwin Maas, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Temple University. He received a Master’s degree in Neurolinguistics from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), and earned his Ph.D. in Language and Communicative Disorders from San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. To supplement his background, he obtained postdoctoral training at Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a focus on speech motor control. His research interests center on speech production across the lifespan in unimpaired individuals and in various populations with speech and/or language disorders, such as apraxia of speech and phonological disorders. Two central, overarching questions motivate and drive his research: (1) What is the underlying nature of a given speech disorder? and (2) How can we optimize treatment for speech disorders (in particular apraxia of speech)? Both lines of research are theoretically motivated and have implications for models of normal speech production as well as for clinical practice, including diagnosis and treatment. His research has been funded by NIH-NIDCD, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, and CASANA.

  • Disclosure: Dr. Maas is a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the CASANA. He receives no compensation as a member of CASANA’s Professional Advisory Board. Dr. Maas has conducted research funded by CASANA. There are no other relevant financial or non‐financial relationships to disclose.

 

Amanda Maxwell, MA, CCC-SLP, is a graduate of CASANA’s Intensive Training Institute and has received recognition for advanced training and clinical expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Amanda provides both home-based and clinic-based evaluation and treatment to young children with communication disorders through Clearbrook’s CHILD Therapy program in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She enjoys providing individualized, family-focused therapeutic services.

  • Disclosure: Maxwell is a graduate of CASANA’s Intensive Training Institute on CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Tricia McCabe, PhD, is Associate Professor and Head of the Discipline of Speech Pathology at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is a Speech Pathology Australia Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist.  Tricia’s research, clinical practice and teaching are focused on improving speech pathology treatments for children and adults with moderate-severe speech disorders including apraxia, dysarthria and phonological disorders. Tricia is interested in the application of the principles of motor learning to speech pathology in speech, voice, fluency and swallowing. She uses biofeedback, including ultrasound and EPG, as a means of improving therapy outcomes. Tricia has published more than 60 journal articles and book chapters (18 on CAS or ultrasound biofeedback) and regularly presents professional development workshops on diagnosis and treatment of childhood apraxia of speech.

  • Disclosure: Dr. McCabe has conducted research funded by CASANA. There are no other relevant financial or non‐financial relationships to disclose.

 

Sarah McDonnell, MA, CCC-SLP, earned her M.A. from SUNY Buffalo, and has spent more than 10 years developing her clinical skills as a pediatric SLP with special interest in treating children with CAS and related disorders. Sarah is a graduate of the 2011 CASANA Intensive Training Institute. She is currently in private practice at Play works Gorge Children’s Therapies. Sarah developed the TheraPLAY Motor Kids Camp (summer 2015) and Kids in Motion summer Intensive (2016). Sarah enjoys presenting workshops and seminars for parents and professionals in the areas of motor speech disorders, social communication, and play!

  • Disclosure: McDonnell volunteers as a coordinator of a local Walk for Apraxia © to benefit CASANA’s programs and research. Ms. McDonnell is a graduate of CASANA’s Intensive Training Institute on CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Lisa B. Mitchell MS, CCC-SLP, is an ASHA certified, licensed (NH) pediatric speech language pathologist. She is the clinical director and co-owner of Clearly Speaking, a pediatric outpatient clinic with three clinics located across the state of NH. She is proud to be recognized for advanced training and clinical expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech by CASANA. She has presented nationally at the National Convention on Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and at the American Speech-Language Hearing Convention. She is passionate about evaluating and treating complex speech sound disorders in the preschool population, with a specific interest in CAS.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Mitchell is a graduate of the CASANA Intensive Training Institute on CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non‐financial relationships to disclose.

Ashely Meszaros,  is a graduate student in her last year at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She was President of the University’s chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has been a member of the chapter’s fundraising, education, and research teams. She has attended the Pittsburgh Apraxia Walk since 2011 and anticipates working with children with CAS as a future practitioner.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Ashley Monks, MS, CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech-language pathologist in the state of Oklahoma. She serves as the Clinic Director for the McAlester RiteCare Clinic. She has 12 years of pediatric clinical experience and specializes in evaluating and treating children with speech sound disorders and language based reading disorders. Ashley is CASANA Recognized for Advanced Training and Expertise in CAS.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Monks is a graduate of the CASANA Intensive Training Institute on CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non‐financial relationships to disclose.

 

Christine Murphy, MA, CCC-SLP, has been a pediatric Speech Language Pathologist for over two decades. Her career started working in center-based programs and for the past 15 years, traveling as an itinerant therapist with both the NY State Early Intervention Program and the Saratoga County CPSE program. Christine works with clients with varying types of delays and disorders. Autism Spectrum disorder and Childhood Apraxia of Speech are areas of high interest and specialty. In 2011 Christine successfully completed CASANA’s Intensive Training Institute, also known as “Apraxia Bootcamp.”

  • Disclosure: Ms. Murphy is a graduate of the CASANA Intensive Training Institute on CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non‐financial relationships to disclose.

 

Megan Overby, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA where she teaches courses in speech sound development, assessment, language disorders, and literacy and coordinates the provision of telepractice clinical services. Prior to obtaining her doctorate, she worked for several decades as a speech-language pathologist in schools, hospitals, agencies, and university clinics in addition to having maintained a private practice. Dr. Overby researches the early development and consequences of CAS and other speech sound disorders. She presents regularly on her findings and has published her work.

  • Disclosure: Dr. Overby co-conducted a study of the participants in CASANA’s Intensive Training Institute in 2014, “Surviving and Thriving in “Boot Camp”: Learning Outcomes and Reported Experiences of SLPs in the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Intensive Training Institute.” There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Jonathan Preston, PhD, CCC-SLP, has extensive experience presenting at local, national and international conferences. He has presented over 70 times nationally and internationally. He presented 10 times in 2015 (including nationally and internationally) and 10 times in 2014.  He presents regularly at ASHA, including two presentations and two posters at ASHA on the use of ultrasound in speech therapy.

  • Disclosure: Dr. Preston has conducted research funded by CASANA. There are no other relevant financial or non‐financial relationships to disclose.

 

Laura Smith, MA, CCC-SLP, is an SLP out of Denver, Colorado who works in the private and public sectors where she specializes in Childhood Apraxia of Speech.  She is CASANA certified for Advanced Training and Clinical Expertise in CAS and also has a 6 year old daughter with CAS as well.  She has been featured on Good Morning America for her experience meeting Ronda Rousey and discovering she had apraxia of speech as a young child, and has written for the ASHA blog.  She has presented at her state symposiums, local clinics, and a University regarding CAS diagnosis and treatment.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Smith is a graduate of the CASANA Intensive Training Institute on CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non‐financial relationships to disclose.

 

Ruth Stoeckel, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at Mayo Clinic. She has worked as a clinician and independent consultant in schools, private practice, private rehabilitation agency, and clinic. Dr. Stoeckel is the author of ASHA web courses on diagnosis and treatment of CAS. She is on the professional advisory board of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA). In addition to childhood motor speech disorders, interests include learning challenges associated with an early history of speech language problems and speech-language development in children with low-incidence disorders such as hearing loss. Dr. Stoeckel has presented both nationally and internationally and has co-authored articles appearing in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research and Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

  • Disclosure: Dr. Stoeckel is a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America. She receives no compensation as a member of CASANA’s Professional Advisory Board.  Stoeckel receives ongoing compensation for her participation in the production of the CASANA DVD “Early Speech-Language Issues and Late Literacy; Will Slow to Talk Mean Slow to Read?” Dr. Stoeckel also receives compensation for the development of the CASANA Intensive Training Institute curriculum, as well as her participation in the training as faculty member. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Nancy Tarshis MA, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist whose prolific career includes extensive experience working with children and their parents. In 1992, she joined the professional team at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) at Einstein College of Medicine, where, in 1996, she was named Supervisor of Speech and Language Services. Currently, she maintains a clinical practice, seeing patients birth to 21 for diagnoses and therapeutic treatment, supervises nine speech pathologists, lectures to medical residents and psychology interns, participates in research projects, and serves as adjunct clinical instructor at Teachers College, Columbia, Hunter College, NYU, and Hofstra University. She is deeply experienced in a wide variety of treatment methodologies, including Social Thinking, and is a frequent speaker across the U.S. on its concepts and strategies. She is a co-author of the social emotional learning curriculum, “The Incredible Flexible You!” published through Think Social Publishing.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Nellie Torres de Carella, MS, CCC-SLP, is an SLP with more than 30 years of experience working with various diagnoses. She has training and experience with PROMPT, oral motor disorders, feeding therapy, myofuctional disorders, Hanen programs, DIR Floortime, Lindamood, Beckman Protocol, Tomatis auditory training. For more than 10 years she has been working with children with CAS and has developed a protocol to work with Spanish speaking children. Nellie has been the president of the SLPs Association in her country, Puerto Rico, plus founder and editor of the professional journal.

Nellie Torres is the founder of the Fonemi Institute of Puerto Rico and of the first CAS and oral motor disorders clinic.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Chris Vance, Esq., is a special education and disability law attorney in Atlanta, Georgia.  She received her M.Ed. summa cum laude and taught for six years before obtaining her J.D. with honors from the Emory School of Law.  She has been practicing law for 24 years and represents children with disabilities living throughout the state of Georgia.  Mrs. Vance was the first attorney in the Country to obtain a federal district court decision finding that parents of children with disabilities can recover their fees for representing their children with disabilities.  She also prevailed in the first vision therapy reimbursement case at the federal court level and has obtained extensive awards for children with disabilities, including 10 years of private education for one client and 40 hours a week of private services for five years for another child.  Mrs. Vance herself has a child earlier diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech and thus offers not only legal expertise but personal knowledge regarding the provision of an appropriate education to children with disabilities.  This, along with her educational background, allows Mrs. Vance to effectively resolve most disputes in a positive manner for children with disabilities without the need for litigation.  Mrs. Vance presents often on the topics of special education and disability law locally, state wide, and nationally.  Her child focused, pragmatic, educationally based presentations make her a favorite at seminars.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Anne L. Van Zelst, MA, CCC-SLP, is an ASHA certified, licensed (PA, NJ) pediatric speech-language pathologist and a certified teacher of the speech and language impaired (PA, NJ). She is the clinician and owner of AVZSpeechWorks, LLC a small private practice in located in Pennsylvania. Anne holds a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Temple University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University. She is a Certified Coach for the Competent Learner Model and a Certified TouchChat Trainer.  Anne is Level II PROMPT trained and has also completed the alternative 8-week course in Neuro-Developmental Treatment. She is honored to have been selected and to have attended the 2011 Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) Intensive Training Institute at Duquesne University.   As a result of completing all requirements, Anne received the title, “CASANA Recognized for Advanced Training & Clinical Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech”. Since receiving her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1995, Anne has worked extensively with children and adolescents with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and with Autism.  She has presented nationally at the National Autism Conference, The National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Van Zelst is a graduate of the CASANA Intensive Training Institute on CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non‐financial relationships to disclose.

 

Bethany Winkler, MA, graduated from Texas A&M University with a master’s degree in Speech Communication in 2003. She teaches speech communication classes for a community college in Killeen, TX for the last 10 years.  Her area of focus includes public speaking, interpersonal communication, and business communication courses. Based on her family’s experience with CAS, she began to research family resilience and how to build a strong family unit during challenging experiences.  Bethany also has a five year old son with Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Kristine E. Yung, OTR/L, Clinic Director of The Pediatric Place – LaGrange, Il has over 20 years of experience with sensory processing, Apraxia, autism spectrum disorders and neurological disorders which are impacting skill development of children and adults in the outpatient arena and school system.  She has additional training and certification in the Therapeutic Listening Program and Interactive Metronome. Kris has a passion for trying to put the pieces of the sensory system together for children so that they can motor plan and function more independently within the community, school and home environments.

  • Disclosure: There are no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Amanda Zimmerman, MA, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist at The Columbus Speech & Hearing Center in Columbus, OH.  She is a graduate of the CASANA Intensive Training Institute on CAS, and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Speech Language Pathology at The Ohio State University.  For over a decade, she has focused on the evaluation and treatment of speech disorders, with a specific interest in Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Zimmerman is a graduate of the CASANA Intensive Training Institute on CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non‐financial relationships to disclose