CASANA Issues 2015 Request for Funding Application for Apraxia Research

2015researchThe Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) is dedicated to fostering and supporting research that will advance the understanding, treatment, and quality of life of those impacted by childhood apraxia of speech. This source of private research funding has helped fuel new research on CAS for the last 7 years.

In this 2015 Request for Applications, CASANA continues to emphasize an interest in clinical research projects aimed at the diagnosis and treatment of children with CAS.  Additionally, CASANA is interested in early identification as well as approaches that include biophysical evidence alongside behavioral evidence. Finally, CASANA is interested in quality of life research on CAS.  In all instances and in all potential study areas, CASANA’s primary interest is in high quality scientific research that, upon completion, will be suitable and acceptable to peer-reviewed publications.

Potential applicants may download the Request for Applications here.

Important Deadlines:

Intent to Submit – received by August 15, 2015
Applications – Received no later than 5 PM EDT (USA), October 1, 2015.

2015 iPads for Apraxia Program is Now Accepting Applications

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The iPads for Apraxia program is now open for 2015 and beginning to take applications! Since its inception, nearly 300 children with apraxia of speech from across the United States and Canada have received iPads and protective cases in order to further their ability to practice speech at home and communicate everywhere. Wonderful partners have joined us since the beginning, such as the Silent Stars Foundation and The Brad J. Pinkowitz Memorial Fund, and donations from the Walk for Apraxia®   To learn more about how iPads and their apps can help children with apraxia, click here.

There are several submissions dates for applications throughout the year. (next deadline is OCTOBER 1, 2015)  Please read the application packet to gain further information including “frequently asked questions” and instructions for submitting applications.

Download the 2015 iPads for Apraxia application packet

CASANA Accepting Requests for Apraxia Research Funding

May 14, 2014 (PITTSBURGH, PA) – On the 2014 Apraxia Awareness Day, the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) released its 2014 Request for Applications for Research.  CASANA began its Apraxia Research funding program in 2009 in response to a near absence of any published research on effective treatments for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), an inadequacy documented in the historic Childhood Apraxia of Speech Technical Report (2007) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

Interested, qualified researchers with a defined focus in CAS are encouraged to review the application, file an intent to apply, and submit an application by the deadline of August 29, 2014.  Additionally, doctoral students may also apply for funds if their research specifically concerns CAS.  An external review committee will evaluate and recommend projects for funding.  For more information and to download the RFA, please click here.

Funds for CASANA’s Apraxia Research Funding program are raised through individual donations as well as donors and participants in the Walk for Children with Apraxia®.

The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and founded in 2000, is the only national 501(c)3 non-profit public charity exclusively dedicated to the needs and interests of children with apraxia of speech and their families. CASANA’s mission is to improve the systems of support in the lives of children with apraxia so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech. CASANA supports this mission by promoting awareness through Walks held all over North America; providing high quality information and support through the Apraxia-KIDS website and online communities; assisting families through awards of iPads and cases; funding of speech therapy grants; conducting multiple educational events; and funding apraxia research. For more information on CASANA and Childhood Apraxia of Speech, visit the Apraxia-KIDS website at


Upcoming Webinar – Cueing and Scripting Motor Speech Skills to Expressive Language in Childhood Apraxia of Speech

A CASANA Live Webinar….

Cueing and Scripting Motor Speech Skills to Expressive Language in Childhood Apraxia of Speech


Featured Speaker:  Apraxia expert Nancy Kaufman, M.A., CCC-SLP

(ASHA CEs are available for this webinar)

Children with apraxia of speech require cues to help them to remember the upcoming consonants, vowels, and syllables of practice words. They also often need help to combine words to formulate phrases and sentences by following scripts that they can retain and implement spontaneously. This webinar will overview how cues and scripts can assist children with CAS to become successful vocal communicators. Cueing and scripting techniques will be overviewed and presented via video examples.

About the Speaker:

Nancy R. Kaufman, MA, CCC-SLP is the owner and director of the Kaufman Children’s Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor, and Social Connections, Inc. (KCC), located in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Since 1979, Nancy has dedicated herself to establishing the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP), a treatment approach to help children become effective vocal communicators. She serves on the professional advisory board of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), on the board of visitors of Wayne State University’s Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development, and is the speech and language pathologist consultant for the Parish School and Carruth Center in Houston, Texas. Nancy is the recipient of the 2011 Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association Distinguished Service Award, as well as the 2010 Michigan State University College of Communication Arts & Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award.

Learn more about the webinar scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, 2014 @ 7:00 PM US/EDT


Upcoming Webinar: Retaining or Promoting Children with Apraxia of Speech in Educational Settings

A CASANA Live Webinar…

Retaining or Promoting Children with Apraxia of Speech
in Educational Settings

Presented by Dyann Rupp, M.S., CCC-SLP

(ASHA CEs are available for this webinar)


 The decision of whether or not to retain/promote a child with a communication disorder is not an easy one.  Every child and situation is different, but in most cases, the considerations are the same. There is no flow chart that will give a definitive answer, but this Webinar can guide you through many of the issues to consider while searching for an answer. This webinar features: topics to considering whether to retain or promote a child, retention research, and what you can do to help make a final decision.

 Webinar Dates and Times:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 7:00 PM US/EST

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 10:00 AM US/EST

Registration for the webinars closes on March 14, 2014

Upcoming Webinar: What If It’s More? When Cognitive & Learning Issues Co-occur with Childhood Apraxia of Speech

A CASANA Live Webinar:

What If It’s More? When Cognitive & Learning Issues Co-occur with Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Presented by Ruth Stoeckel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,

(ASHA CEUs are available for this educational event)


As more is learned about CAS and long-term outcomes for children, there is evidence that many children with an early history of CAS will have additional learning difficulties. In this session, we will define terms relating to cognitive and learning problems, discuss the professionals who may be involved in assessment and treatment, and review general strategies for monitoring a child’s development and working with therapists and educators to support a child’s development.  There will not be discussion of specific advocacy resources due to the variable types and availability of those resources in the US and elsewhere.

Webinar Dates and Times:

Thursday, February 27, 2014 @ 7:00 PM US/EST

Friday, February 28, 2014 @ 10:00 AM US/EST



Oana Hogrefe Photography Presents $5,000 Check for Childhood Calendar Project

(ATLANTA, GA) FEBRUARY 3, 2014 – Oana Hogrefe Photography ( awarded the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) $5,000 raised through the Childhood Calendar project.  Several families and children who participated in the project were on hand for the check presentation.

big_check_casana_2014_04webEach year a public casting call is issued and 25- 35 children are chosen to be photographed as part of this effort initated by photographer Oana Hogrefe.  Funds are collected through the session fee, online voting for the featured monthly images and calendar sales, with 100% of net proceeds being donated to the chosen charity.

The 2014 Childhood Calendar features the beautiful faces of many children affected by apraxia of speech and their siblings as well as quotes about self-expression and communication.

“CASANA truly enjoyed partnering with Oana Hogrefe this past year in order to realizebig_check_casana_2014_03web the 2014 feature Childhood Calendar,” says Sharon Gretz, Executive Director of CASANA. “Oana is an extraordinarily talented photographer, as well as human being, and we are so grateful and thankful for her generosity and this amazing donation.”

Upcoming Webinar: RIF (Reading is Fundamental) in CAS: Making Literacy Skills Fundamental in the Treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech

A CASANA Live Webinar:

RIF (Reading is Fundamental) in CAS: Making Literacy Skills Fundamental in the Treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Presented by Anne Van Zelst, MA, CCC-SLP

(ASHA CEUs are available for this educational event)

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“Reading is Fundamental” in the treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech! So when working with children with CAS, as speech-language pathologists and families, how can we ensure that literacy skill development is an integral and consistent aspect of speech and language treatment?

As the child with CAS progresses along the continua of age and severity, aspects of literacy skill development should be fundamentally incorporated into CAS treatment.

This webinar will review the current research regarding CAS and the development of literacy skills.  The focus of this webinar will be on integration of literacy skills into the treatment of school-age children with CAS.  Treatment techniques that merge literacy skills while maintaining fidelity to the principles of motor-learning theory will be explored.  Characteristics of formal reading programs that support CAS treatment and/or hinder the treatment of CAS will be discussed.  Through case studies and video examples, learners will be provided with practical strategies that they can easily incorporate into their therapy sessions.  Examples of treatment goals that combine literacy development and treatment of CAS will be provided.

Webinar Dates and Times:

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 @ 7:00 PM EST/US

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 @ 9:00 AM EST/US


Standing By & Standing Up for Kids with Apraxia

Dear Friends,

As 2013 draws to a close, CASANA – its staff and board of directors – are thankful for our friends and supporters. We have been able to accomplish amazing things, some of which included:

  • Small therapy grants to children with apraxia
  • The first international Childhood Apraxia of Speech Awareness Day on May 14th
  • iPads and protective cases to children with apraxia for their home speech practice and communication needs
  • The highest number of parent scholarships ever for the National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • An international research symposium, hosting 40 researchers from five countries to share the “State of the Art” in apraxia research; with videos of the main presentations available on our website for public viewing.

These are just several of the accomplishments improving lives of children and families impacted by apraxia.

If you are considering year end giving, we would love to have your support so that 2014 can be another amazing year of advances for children with apraxia and their families.

Every child deserves a voice.

Join Us

CASANA is a non-profit organization and a 501(c) (3) public charity as determined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.  Donations can also be mailed to us at: CASANA, 416 Lincoln Avenue, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA  15209.


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