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Apraxia Workshop with Sue Caspari, M.A., CCC-SLP – Richmond, Virginia

This event is on November 7, 2014 8:30am

About this Event


November 7, 2014

Roslyn Conference and Retreat Center
Tucker Hall
8727 River Road
Richmond, Virginia 23229

Course Abstract:

This hands-on, full-day workshop will provide a solid foundation in the assessment and treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).  The focus of the session will be understanding CAS as a ‘movement disorder’ rather than a ‘sound-based’ disorder.   Time will be spent learning how to identify breakdowns in a child’s speech that are indicative of this movement disorder.  This practical workshop will also provide an understanding of research-based principles that guide how to practice to improve motor learning.  Participants will learn a practical treatment method that employs these principles of motor learning that they can use in every day treatments sessions with children with CAS in order to help the child improve their movement gestures for speech.  Dozens of video tape examples will be shown throughout the day to help demonstrate both assessment and treatment procedures.  Hands-on small group activities will be utilized throughout the day to give participants practice in the assessment and treatment methods discussed so that they can perfect their clinical skills.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • List at least four speech characteristics consistent with a deficit in speech motor planning and programming.
  • Describe in layman’s terms how CAS is a speech movement disorder rather than a sound-based disorder.
  • List the key characteristics that differentiate CAS from severe phonological disorder and dysarthria.
  • Explain how the principles of motor learning might guide treatment decisions for a child with CAS.
  • Describe a treatment method that could be used to treat a child with CAS and why it may work-based on the principles of motor learning.

Course Level:

Intermediate/Professional Area. Participants are expected to have some prior academic and/or clinical experience with children with severe speech disorders. Families are most welcome at the workshop with the understanding that the level of presentation will be at the intermediate professional level.

Timed Agenda:

8:30 – 9:00 AM    Breakfast and Registration

9:00-9:30 AM    Understanding Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) as a speech movement disorder

9:30-10:15 AM    How to asses for speech movement breakdowns

10:15-10:30 AM    Break

10:30-11:45 AM    Small group practice in assessing for disordered speech movements.

11:45 – 1:00 PM    Lunch

1:00-1:45 PM    Understanding what the goal of treatment is for this speech movement disorder

1:45-2:30 PM    Methods for improving speech movements in children with CAS

2:30-2:45    Break

2:45-4:00 PM    Small group practice in helping children with CAS to improve speech movement gestures

Registration Fee Levels:

Professional Early Bird                      $195   /  After 10/24   $210

Student Early Bird                             $155  /   After 10/24   $170

Parent Early Bird                               $155  /   After 10/24   $170

To qualify for Early Bird Registration, registration form and fee must be postmarked no later than October 24, 2014.


Group Rates:  Professional Group Rate of 5 or more registrations $155 each. Please copy registration form as many times as needed and mail group registrations in the same envelope.

Confirmation:  Registrations will be confirmed by e-mail only.

ASHA Continuing Education Eligibility:  ASHA CE eligibility for professionals is dependent upon participant attendance. Therefore participants who do not attend the workshop in it’s entirety, sign attendance sheets and submit required paperwork will not be considered for ASHA Continuing Education Units. This workshop is not being offered for variable credit.

Registration Fee Includes:

  • Coffee, Tea, Juice, and Continental Breakfast.
  • A handout prepared by the speaker specifically for the program.
  • Certificate of Attendance verifying successful completion of the course.
  • ASHA CEU submission.
  • Registration Fee does not include lunch.

Cancellation:  Paid registration fees will be refunded, less a $25 (USD) administration fee, with a written request postmarked no later than October 24, 2014. There will be no refunds after October 24, 2014. CASANA reserves the right to cancel this workshop with due cause and refund in full. In the event that this workshop is cancelled by CASANA, full refunds of paid registrations will be made on or before November 15, 2014 Complaints should be directed to the CASANA Education Director at

Directions and Parking:

Directions to the facility and parking instructions will be included with registration confirmations.


Holiday Inn Richmond I-64 West End Hotel (6.2 miles)

2000 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23230


Double Tree Richmond Downtown (7.9 miles)

301 Franklin Street, Richmond, VA  23220



Walk-Ins:  If space allows, walk-ins are welcome. However, it is not guaranteed that space will be available.


Links & Information

ASHA_CEUSThis course is offered for .5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)

ASHA CE Registry: An annual ASHA CE Registry fee is required to register ASHA  CEU’s. ASHA  CE registry fees are paid by the participant  directly to the ASHA National Office. The annual ASHA CE Registry fee allows registration of an unlimited number of ASHA CEUs for the calendar year. Contact the ASHA CE staff at 800-498-2071, ext. 4219 for CE Registry fee subscription information.




Featured Speaker

Picture1Sue Caspari, M.A., 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.  In her current practice, she works primarily with — and as a consultant and advocate for — children with severe speech production disorders. She has advanced training and experience in the areas of CAS as well as alternative and augmentative communication.  Sue is an advisory board member of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America, 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 Interest Division.

Disclosure Statement: 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.