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2017 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Speaker Information and ASHA Disclosures

 

Sarah Carmody Remy, MS, CCC-SLP,  has several years of experience providing multilingual speech and language services. She works for Nemours / Alfred I du Pont Hospital for Children at their Deptford, New Jersey outpatient satellite center. She was previously affiliated with the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center in the Bronx, has contracted with New Jersey school districts and provides services through a small private practice. Sarah primarily works with children age birth to 21, with communication challenges that include speech and language impairment, social pragmatic difficulties, voice disorders, feeding impairment, apraxia and other motor speech impairments. Sarah obtained her Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from Teachers College, Columbia University, with a focus in multilingualism and multiculturalism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and French from Boston College. Sarah is fluent in French and Spanish, having spent time providing volunteer speech and language services in a Children’s Hospital in Bolivia and working as an English Teaching Assistant in France.

  • 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).  In her current position, Sue is a full-time instructor and clinical supervisor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department (CSD) at Temple University.  Temple’s highly ranked graduate program in CSD attracts exceptional students who provide evaluation and therapy services to children in the newly formed Childhood Apraxia of Speech Treatment, Learning and Evaluation (CASTLE) Center under Sue’s supervision.  Sue is a professional advisory board member of CASANA.  Sue is also the owner of Caspari and Colleagues, LLC, a group of SLPs dedicated to providing consultation, evaluation and therapy services to children with CAS and other severe speech sound disorders; and the director of an intensive 5-week summer program for children with CAS.

  • 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.

 

Sally Christian, MS CCC-SLP, is a Senior Speech-Language Pathologist in San Diego Unified School District.  She is a former Coordinator for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Resource Center, and continues to provides support to the current Coordinator regarding professional development, material procurement, logistics (e.g. forms, resource access), and communication with staff via periodic Speech-Language Pathology Department updates.  Her professional interests include building staff capacity in a multiple areas of practice, including the communication and language development of students with complex communication needs, AAC, motor speech disorders, and building the student language for and within collaborative academic conversations.

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

 

Amy Clark, NS, 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. Ms. Clark’s presentation will focus solely on the PROMPT method of treatment. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Elaine Dolgin Lieberman, MA, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric speech language pathologist working in private practice with special interest in treating children with motor speech sound disorders. She is a graduate of CASANA’s Intensive CAS Boot Camp 2011 and is recognized by CASANA as having Advanced Training and Clinical Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Elaine is a professional lecturer in the Graduate Communication Disorders Program at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry and teaches an annual course on Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Elaine has provided workshops on evidenced- based therapy strategies locally and at CASANA National Conferences.

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

 

Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist in private practice. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Iowa and her M.S. degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She has found her niche working in early intervention, providing family centered services in the child’s natural learning environment. Cari is a therapist, a consultant and a nationally recognized speaker who gets paid to do what she loves most…TALK! She has an energetic personality and this translates to a high-energy speaking style. She also has a child with autism and apraxia and can therefore discuss relevant issues both as a professional and as a parent.

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

 

Theresa Fagundes MA, SLP-CCC, is the founder of Fagundes Speech, Language, and Communication Center, a family-oriented private practice in downtown Turlock, CA. She provides a range of services to children with communication disorders. As a speech-language pathologist, Theresa has worked with children for over 13 years. Her areas of interest are Autism Spectrum Disorders and Motor Speech Disorders, including Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Theresa earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from California State University, Chico. She is a past recipient of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Higher Education Fellowship and guest instructor for the American Samoa Speech and Language Teaching program. She is PROMPT trained (Level 2, Bridging Technique to Intervention) and attended the 2016 Childhood Apraxia of Speech Intensive Training Institute. Her hobbies include event planning, volunteering, creative writing, and cooking.

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

 

Tovah Feehan, MS, CCC-SLP, obtained her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Hunter College. Tovah currently works in outpatient therapy at Nemours AI DuPont Hospital for Children, with a special interest in early communication as well as feeding and swallowing difficulties. Tovah started her career in early intervention and quickly recognized the importance of ongoing support and education for families. Her practice is driven by a passion to empower families and bridge the gaps that often exist in care. She works closely with specialists, therapists and families to provide care with the whole child and family in mind. In her current role, Tovah helps develop interdisciplinary clinics and hospital processes to streamline care. She is involved in community outreach to educate doctors, nurses and families. Last year, Tovah helped launch a community space that fosters social inclusion of people with disabilities and their families and friends.

  • Disclosure: 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 Northbrook, Illinois, with 35 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. Margaret is proud to serve on the Professional Advisory Board for CASANA.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Fish 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.

 

Lauren Franke Psy.D., CCC/SP, has over 33 years experience working with children with ASD and their families and training professionals in the areas of autism assessment and narrative based language intervention. She directed the Long Beach Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders for 30 years and has taught at several universities. She currently maintains a private practice along with consulting with IEP teams to implement “best practices” for assessment and intervention. Dr. Franke’s therapy and research interests are in the areas of narrative based language intervention. She has developed a narrative based language intervention program used by therapists, teachers and parents entitled Nurturing Narratives: “Coaching Comprehension Creating Conversation. When it is time for fun she enjoys boating adventures with her husband and two dogs and scuba diving.

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

 

Kay J. Giesecke, MS, CCC-SLP, received a BFA from Southern Methodist University (1971) and a MS from University of Texas in Dallas (1996) – both in communication disorders. She worked for twelve years (1971-1983) as a public school speech-language pathologist and has been in private practice in speech-language pathology since 1992. She has specialized in treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) since 1996, founding two private practices in Texas that specialize in the treatment of children diagnosed with CAS, Apraxia Dallas and Apraxia Austin.  Currently, 70% of the caseload at the initial private practice, Apraxia Dallas, has a diagnosis of CAS, which includes clients from all over Texas. Ms. Giesecke has both her Texas state license to practice speech-language pathology and her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association. She has been presenting workshops about CAS at conventions, regional educational service centers, and school districts since 2005.

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

 

Heather 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 pathology are augmentative communication and treating children with CAS.

  • Disclosure: Ms. 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 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.

 

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: Ms. 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 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. Teaching the next generation of SLPs and thinking about CAS is what gets her out of bed in the morning.

  • 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.  Dr. Jakielski’s presentation will focus solely on Building Speech intervention materials. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Lou LaVecchia is a parent of child with CAS who has successfully advocated for an IEP that has proven successful. He has been self-taught on the laws and rights that all parents with special needs are entitled to in the PPT I IEP process.  Lou has a proven record of working with his school district to improve the appropriate services for children in need of speech services. Lou achieved a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Organization from the University of Central Connecticut. He currently is the vice president of All Seasons Landscaping Inc. (ASL) a construction company located in Connecticut.  His strongest attributes are negotiating and organizational skills.

  • Disclosure: Mr. LaVecchia is the parent of a child diagnosed with CAS. He serves as a member of the CASANA Board of Directors. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Michelle Leigh is the mother of a young child with CAS. After her son Ryder’s diagnosis, it became her lifelong mission to make his voice, and that of every other child living with apraxia heard.  Her son was diagnosed with Global Apraxia as well as Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) around his 3rd birthday. She has been the apraxia walk coordinator for Jacksonville for the last two years and is admin to the Facebook group Apraxia Kids Jax.  She is passionate about spreading CAS awareness and her passion led her to develop the website ApraxiaMommaBear.com, as well as guest-write for various publications including The Mighty, Florida Times Union, Coastline Newspaper, and Jax Moms Blog.  In addition to her writing endeavors, Michelle has garnered numerous media spotlights including appearances on News 4 Jax and YouTube.  Michelle has worked with the state of Florida and city of Jacksonville in 2015 and 2016 to secure proclamations dedicating May 14th as Apraxia Awareness Day. She has also worked with actress Gage GoLightly to share her story and bring awareness to her fight with global apraxia and sensory processing.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Leigh is the parent of a child with CAS and the CASANA Walk Coordinator for Jacksonville, FL. Ms. Leigh also receives a stipend from CASANA to raise awareness and assist SLP’s when registering with the CASANA SLP Directory. 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 in Oregon. 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: 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.

 

Andy McMillin, MA, CCC-SLP, is a Clinical Associate Professor at Portland State University (PSU). He directs the Speech-Sound Disorders clinic at PSU, which focuses on working with more complex cases, including children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Prior to joining the faculty full-time, Andy taught as an adjunct for several years, and he was a full-time practicing clinician for more than a decade. His interest in speech sound analysis goes back to his undergraduate degree in Linguistics, when he studied with Nick Clements, one of the originators of non-linear phonological analyses such as Feature Geometry.

 

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

 

Katie Micco, MS, CCC-SLP, is a clinical instructor in the Speech Production Disorder Clinic in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Duquesne University where she supervises graduate students in the evaluation and treatment of children and adults with speech production disorders. She has been a practicing SLP since 2007 in both the pediatric outpatient and educational settings, focusing on the treatment of children with childhood apraxia of speech, structural speech issues, voice disorders, language disorders, and pragmatic language disorders. Katie has presented at both the local and national levels on the topics of childhood apraxia of speech and AAC.

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

 

Lisa Mitchell, MS, CCC-SLP, is Clinical Director of Clearly Speaking, a private practice with three offices in New Hampshire. She is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist who has been evaluating and treating children with speech and/or language difficulties for over 15 years. She is recognized by CASANA for advanced training and clinical expertise in CAS. She is passionate about treating and evaluating children with complex speech sound disorders with a particular interest in CAS.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Mitchellis a graduate of CASANA’s Intensive Training Institute on CAS. Her presentation will focus solely on Building Speech intervention materials. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Jennifer Moore, MS, CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech-language pathologist in Northern NJ. She currently has a full time private practice where she services children and adults with motor speech disorders. Prior to settling in private practice, Jennifer worked in special education schools and a pediatric hospital. At her current private office, she works closely with an occupational therapist and together they treat motor and sensory issues in order to streamline motor speech acquisition. She has been practicing speech pathology since receiving her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Psychology from East Stroudsburg University in PA in 2007. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Autism studies from NOVA Southeastern University. She holds national certification from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, licensure from the State of New Jersey and New York, and certification from the NJ Department of Education. Jennifer has teaching experience as an adjunct professor at Kean University in NJ and also lectures 4-6 times per year for the PROMPT Institute. She also holds educational workshops for parents and other professionals at her practice.

  • Disclosure: There are no 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.

 

Kathleen A. Post, MS, CCC-SLP, is the Clinic Coordinator and an Assistant Professor at MWU’s Speech-Language Institute. She teaches courses in Augmentative and Alternative Communication and supervises SLP graduate student clinicians at the Speech-Language Institute in all facets of speech and language service. Previously, Kathleen was the Director of Assistive Technology, Speech/Language and Nutrition Departments at a large pediatric outpatient rehabilitation center in Illinois. For over 30 years, Kathleen Post has served individuals and their families who struggle with communication disorders. Her areas of interest continue to include pediatric speech-language disorders, early intervention services, augmentative and alternative communication, and assistive technology for persons of all ages and disabilities.

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

 

Erik X. Raj, PhD, CCC-SLP, holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a practicing speech-language pathologist who works daily with school-age children with various communication difficulties. He is currently an assistant professor and clinical supervisor in the Department of Speech- Language Pathology at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Dr. Raj regularly presents interactive workshops demonstrating how school-based speech-language pathologists can use Internet and software-based technology to motivate and teach students on their caseload. In addition to developing numerous top-ranking educational iPad apps for children with communication difficulties, he has directed the instructional video components to the speech-language pathology book titled ‘Your Voice is Your Business’ by Plural Publishing, which is currently in its second edition (2016). Dr. Raj has obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Stockton University in New Jersey and a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Misericordia University in Pennsylvania. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

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

 

Michelle Retzlaff, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a regional consultant in Illinois for Saltillo Corporation. Michelle graduated from the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities with a Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the public school setting and in an acute hospital setting with adults with acquired cognitive communication disorders. These settings allowed Michelle to develop a passion for AAC. Her experiences helped to build a strong knowledge base regarding the areas of low to high technology Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and how to incorporate AAC with individuals with various disorders and disabilities. Ms. Retzlaff has developed and presented numerous ASHA and Early Intervention (El) approved trainings regarding the use and implementation of AAC to various school districts, parents, related services providers, and undergraduate and graduate students at various universities.

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

 

Kim Singleton, MS, CCC-SLP, is the Assistive Technology Program Director at the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. For many years, she has worked with children with complex communication challenges in community, early intervention, medical and educational settings. She uses current generic and assistive technology, multiple treatment methods, child delight and family collaboration to treat children with CAS.

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

 

Laura Smith, MA, CCC-SLP, is CASANA-certified for advanced training and clinical expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech, has completed the PROMPT Level 1 training, and the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP).  She has lectured throughout the United States on Childhood Apraxia of Speech and related issues. Laura is committed to raising and spreading CAS awareness following her own daughter’s diagnosis of CAS and dyspraxia.  She is the apraxia walk coordinator for Denver, and writes for various publications including the ASHA wire blog, The Mighty, and on her website, slpmommyofapraxia.com. In 2016, Laura was awarded ASHA’s media award for garnering national media attention around apraxia detailing her encounter with UFC fighter Ronda Rousey, and also received ASHA’s ACE award for her continuing education, specifically in the area of childhood motor speech disorders.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Smith is the parent of a child with CAS and a graduate of CASANA’s Intensive Training Institute on CAS. Ms. Smith is also the CASANA Walk Coordinator for Denver, CO. 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 eight speech pathologists, lectures to medical residents and social work and psychology interns, participates in research projects, and serves as adjunct clinical instructor at Teachers College, Columbia, Hunter College, and NYU. 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!” We Thinkers Volume 1&2, published through Think Social Publishing.

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

 

Alyson Taylor, graduated from Emory University with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Spanish.  She was diagnosed with CAS when she was three years old. Alyson attended speech therapy until the age of 16 when she made the personal decision to end speech therapy. She is an avid fan and participant in water polo and has been heavily involved in her local community, such as Girl Scouts, where she received the highest award, The Gold Award, by presenting the need for a marked crosswalk at a dangerous intersection to Burbank’s Traffic Commission. Presently, she commits herself to sharing her stories with Apraxia through personal blog posts.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Taylor was diagnosed with CAS as a toddler. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Dena Taylor is a mother of two, Alyson and Sara Taylor, and wife to Robert Taylor. She encountered Apraxia after her eldest daughter, Alyson Taylor, was diagnosed at the age of three in the mid-nineties. Ms. Taylor relates to every parent’s fears and concerns for their children diagnosed with Apraxia.  After facing this disorder with her child during a time with limited information, Dena Taylor is passionate about discussing her experiences with other parents facing the diagnosis in their children.

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

 

Charlotte Trattner was diagnosed with CAS over eighteen years ago. Currently she is a freshman at University of Central Florida on a full scholarship studying Journalism. She is the founder of Just Like Me 2, a community service organization which mentors children with learning disabilities and speech disorders. She has competed at Miss Florida Teen USA, Miss Teen United States and most recently at Miss United States Teen Earth as Miss Florida Teen Earth. It was at that pageant where Charlotte won the title of Miss Global Charity Queen US. She will be competing in Taipei this summer representing the United States in a pageant that recognizes the importance of volunteerism with likeminded women from all over the world.

  • Disclosure: Ms. Trattner was diagnosed with CAS as a toddler. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

 

Shelley Velleman, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Professor and Chair of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Vermont. Her teaching, research, and clinical work focus on typical and atypical speech development in a variety of dialects and languages. She specializes in pediatric motor speech disorders, especially Childhood Apraxia of Speech in children with neurodevelopmental syndromes, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, and 7q11.23 Duplication syndrome. She is the author of many articles and presentations and three books on these topics. She is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America.

  • Disclosure: Dr. Velleman 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.

 

Breanna Waldrup, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and the new owner of Apraxia Dallas, PLLC. Breanna earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology (with a focus on neurobiology) and, as well as a  Bachelor of Science degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. She holds a license to practice speech-language pathology in the state of Texas and the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence. Breanna’s primary area of expertise is motor planning disorders, especially childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). She has attended numerous continuing education courses on motor planning disorders including an invitation only intensive three day work shop with Edythe Strand, PhD, the creator of DTTC (Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing). She also attended the 2015 and 2016 CASANA conferences.  Breanna’s secondary interest is in disorders that affect social-pragmatic skills, including autism. She has attended a variety of trainings in different methodologies, including those of Michelle Garcia Winner, MS, CCC-SLP and Patricia Prelock, Ph.D. Breanna has also received training in verbal behavior and PECS (picture exchange communication systems).  Breanna believes strongly that every child has the right to communicate and strives to help each child she works with to find his/her voice.

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