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In depth articles about diagnosis, speech therapy, and intervention for children with apraxia of speech...

  • Links: Apraxia Assessment Tools

    The Verbal Motor Production Assessment for Children (VMPAC) Deborah Hayden, M.A., CCC-SLP and Paula Square, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Identify children with motor issues that have negative effects on the development of normal speech motor control. Pinpoint where the child begins to have difficulty, with items arranged from basic to complex. This test leads you step-by-step through […]

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  • SLP and Parent Reported Experiences Related to iPad Use for Childhood Apraxia of Speech

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    Heather Leavy Rusiewicz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Katie Cunningham, M.S., Theresa Ptakowski, Leah Bunch, B.A.

    Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA Presented at the Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, November, 2013 Introduction and Purpose The purpose of this study was to explore parent and clinician reported perspectives and experiences six months after the introduction of iPads and relevant applications. This study was part of a larger investigation associated with […]

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  • What the Research Says: The Importance of Production Frequency in Therapy for Children with Apraxia of Speech

    An annotation of the published research article, "The Importance of Production Frequency in Therapy for Children with Apraxia of Speech (CAS)."

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    Sharon Gretz, M.Ed.

    The Research The American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology recently published an article titled, “The Importance of Production Frequency in Therapy for Children with Apraxia of Speech (CAS).” The research was conducted by Denice Edeal and Christina Gildersleeve-Neumann from Portland State University. Their research question was to determine whether or not more practice of speech targets […]

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  • Will my child with CAS ever achieve normal speech?

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    Kathy J. Jakielski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    This question, dealing with long-term outcomes and prognosis, is one that virtually all parents will wonder and ask at some point after learning that their child has CAS. This question might arise during the childs initial assessment, or later, sometime during intervention. It is an important question for both parents and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to […]

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  • Exploring New Treatment Methods for Childhood Apraxia of Speech

    Using Ultrasound Biofeedback, all children in the study showed improvement in their speech sound accuracy on treated sounds, and all parents reported improved speech intelligibility.

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    Dr. Jonathan Preston

    A study funded by CASANA was completed by Dr. Jonathan Preston, a researcher from Haskins Laboratories (www.haskins.yale.edu) and Southern Connecticut State University. The research involved using ultrasound (the same device used to obtain images of a fetus or heart) to provide a real-time visual display of the tongue. The ultrasound transducer is held under the […]

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  • Who is Qualified To Diagnosis Childhood Apraxia of Speech?

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    Alex Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    Speech-language pathologists are the professionals who diagnose and treat disorders of speech, language, and swallowing. Thus, the assessment and diagnosis of apraxia of speech, as well as all other speech sound disorders, are within the scope of professional responsibilities of SLPs. While other professionals, such as physicians, educators, occupational or physical therapists, may provide essential […]

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  • Is the iPad Worth It?

    Are you considering an iPad for your family with an eye on the benefits for your child with apraxia? Do you have an iPad and are not sure how to maximize its positive effects?

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    Kim Singleton, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Are you considering an iPad for your family with an eye on the benefits for your child with apraxia? Do you have an iPad and are not sure how to maximize its positive effects? How can you justify spending the bucks on such a cool toy for your family or school? The iPad provides an […]

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  • The Relationship Between Treatment Intensity & Treatment Outcomes for Children with Apraxia of Speech

    Results of the study demonstrated that the outcomes of the high-intensity treatment were superior to those of the low-intensity treatment.

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    Aravind Namasivayam Ph.D. S-LP(C)

    Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is in terms of diagnosis and treatment a very challenging and complicated speech disorder in children. Children with CAS find it difficult or impossible to accurately produce speech sounds and/or words despite having a good understanding of language. Although there are several treatment approaches for CAS, there are very few […]

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  • What is the Difference Between Speech Motor Planning, Programming and Execution?

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    Anita van der Merwe, Ph.D.

    When a person decides to communicate verbally, the message first has to be converted from an abstract idea to meaningful linguistic (language) symbols. Syntactic, morphological, and phonological planning, occur. This linguistic-symbolic planning is a pre-motor (non-motor) phase. The language message must then be transformed into a code that can be handled by a motor (movement) […]

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  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for Children with Apraxia

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    Dyann F. Rupp, M.S., CCC-SLP

    This question is increasingly asked as parents and caregivers become more aware of the benefits and positive outcomes of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). My response to this question is that AAC is an appropriate consideration very early in intervention. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association defines AAC as … “a set of procedures and processes by […]

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