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DaveHammerHighResDavid Hammer – Director of Professional Development and Speech Services.

Dave Hammer 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, speech sound disorders and childhood stuttering.  Dave received his Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh in 1979 after completing a Bachelor’s in Speech/Hearing Science and Psychology. He has been invited to present over 200 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. His passion at CASANA is helping children “find their voices” and families find the support services they desperately need.

Outside of work, Dave is an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction alike.  He enjoys singing, playing the guitar and piano for relaxation, attending musicals and plays, and spending time traveling. Dave was lucky to have married his high school sweetheart with whom he just celebrated 40 years of marriage.  He has a daughter, age 31, who works for the US Patent and Trademark office and a son, age 26, who is pursuing a career as a musician.

You can reach Dave at davidh@apraxia-kids.org.