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WEBINAR – Hands Up! Using Gestures and Hand Movements in the Clinical Management of Childhood Apraxia of Speech

This event is on March 9, 2016 1:00pm

About this Event

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Overview of Webinar:

Individuals frequently use their hands to provide cues in the treatment of childhood apraxia of speech CAS and other speech sound disorders (SSDs). Yet, the use of such gestural cues is most often motivated by clinical experience and intuition, but not usually theoretically motivated or empirically studied. This presentation will focus specifically on the use of manual gesture cues that are spatiotemporally analogous to the target speech sound (i.e., manual mimicry cues) in the treatment of CAS. One example of a manual mimicry cue is releasing one’s fingers from a fist outward to mimic the spatiotemporal properties of /p/.

The aims of this presentation are three‐fold. First, a theoretical framework will be provided to support the use of gestural cues in the treatment of speech production objectives. The utility of gestural cues in addressing prosodic goals will also be considered. Second, descriptions, illustrations, and case examples of the use of manual mimicry cues for individuals with CAS will be presented. Lastly, preliminary data from a study of the effect of manual mimicry cues on the production of speech targets by children with CAS, as well data from ongoing studies of the coordination of speech and gestures in children and adults without SSDs will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Describe the interaction of speech and manual processes from theoretical, developmental, and behavioral perspectives.
  • Demonstrate ways in which manual movements may be used to treat individuals with speech sound disorders such as
    childhood apraxia of speech and residual speech sound errors.
  • Discuss the advantages of incorporating gestures that are spatiotemporally similar to the movement of the speech articulators as a cue for speech production targets.

Timed Agenda:

Minutes 1-5 Introduction

Minutes 6-15 Gestures vs. Manual Movements in Speech‐Language Pathology

Minutes 16-30 Link of Gestures and Prosody in Spoken Language Production

Minutes 31-40 Link of Gestures and Prosody in Speech Disorders

Minutes 41-50 Manual Mimicry Cues – why and what

Minutes 51-60 Manual Mimicry Cues – case examples

Minutes 61-70 Synopsis of Data

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:

rusiewicz-heather(0)Heather Leavy Rusiewicz, Ph.D., CCC‐SLP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech‐Language Pathology at Duquesne University. Dr. Rusiewicz’s interests include the interaction of gestures and prosody in children and adults, as well as the effects of strategies such as gestural cues and biofeedback on the treatment of speech sound disorder. Dr. Rusiewicz also seeks to better understand the impact of movement and gestures in higher education instruction and the experiences of individuals and their families living with speech sound disorders.

Disclosure: Dr. Rusiewicz conducted the “iPads for Kids with Apraxia Pilot Program” study initiated by the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America. Dr. Rusiewicz also 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