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Webinar – Early Intervention – Speech Matters

This event is on September 21, 2016 1:00pm

About this Event

Early Intervention Speech Matters

Overview of Webinar:

Working with the birth to three population in the natural environment can be both rewarding and challenging. When Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is suspected, ongoing assessment and diagnostic therapy are critical to identify children who present with motor planning difficulties. Many of the young children SLPs evaluate in early intervention are minimally verbal, making standardized apraxia tests difficult to administer. Because the standardized tests utilized in early intervention to determine eligibility are heavily weighted in language, not speech, some young children with suspected CAS may not qualify for services under Part C of IDEA. The burden then falls on the Speech‐Language Pathologist to use informal assessment to determine if the child is following a typical or an atypical path of development, focusing primarily on communicative intent and the acquisition of pre‐linguistic milestones during the first 15 months of life. Identifying and documenting deviant development will aid the SLP in determining which children present with characteristics consistent with suspected CAS.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this Webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe eligibility issues in birth to three programs when CAS is suspected.
  • Explain the importance of informal assessment when working with very young, pre-verbal children with suspected CAS.
  • Summarize the atypical development during the pre-linguistic stage of development in children with suspected CAS.

Timed Agenda:

Minutes 1-2    Introduction

Minutes 3-8    Eligibility Issues in Early Intervention

Minutes 9-54    Characteristics of Minimally Verbal Children with Suspected CAS

Minutes 55-70    Informal Assessment Guide

Minutes 71-90  Questions and Answers


Registration Information:

Regular Registration: $35

Professional Registration with ASHA CEU’s: $50

This course is offered for .15 ASHA CEU’s (Intermediate level, Professional area)

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Featured Speaker:

Cari EbertCari Ebert, M.S., CCC-SLP
, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist in private practice in the Kansas City, Missouri area. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and Master of Science degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Ms. Ebert is a therapist, consultant, and nationally recognized speaker who gets paid to do what she loves most…talk! She works exclusively with young children, age birth to five, and their families and believes that early intervention is the key to future success. She has dedicated her career to helping young children achieve their maximum potential with speech, language, and social development.

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