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)

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 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: Tests and Measurements for Childhood Apraxia of Speech – Making Sense of It All

A CASANA Live Webinar:

Tests and Measurements for Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Making Sense of It All

Presented by Amy Meredith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,

(ASHA CEUs are available for this educational event)

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Nothing can be more intimidating and confusing as a bunch of numbers, symbols, and jargon attempting to explain a child’s capabilities on a diagnostic report. This session is designed to help participants understand how to discern much of the technical terms and measures typically used in speech language pathology and audiology. The session will also address the types of information that should to be included in the report to make it more helpful to future professionals the child may work with, as well as family members.

Webinar Dates and Times:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 @ 7:00 PM EST/US

Thursday, January 9, 2014 @ 11:00 AM EST/US

REGISTRATION CLOSES AT THE END OF DAY FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014

CASANA Accepting Applications for 2014 Intensive Training Institute on Apraxia

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(PITTSBURGH, PA) OCTOBER 28, 2013 – The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) is accepting applications for its 2014 Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) Intensive Training Institute to be held July 30, 2014 – August 3, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at Duquesne University’s Department of Speech-Language Pathology.  This intensive training experience is intended to provide North American-based speech-language pathologists, who already have significant experience with CAS, an opportunity to become “master” clinicians who can serve as local/regional experts and potential mentors for other clinicians.

“We are so excited to be able to offer this intensive training experience again this year for qualified SLP’s who have significant experience in the field of Childhood Apraxia of Speech and are ready to take those the next steps. While the selection process is rigorous, graduates of this program have been able to serve as regional experts for families seeking local professionals to evaluate and treat their children with CAS and mentors for other clinicians interested in CAS,” says Kathy Hennessy, CASANA’s Director of Education.

The ideal candidate for the intensive training – often called “Apraxia Bootcamp” – has:

  • provided treatment to numerous children with this diagnosis,
  • feels reasonably successful with them,
  • routinely attends training to improve their skills with this population, and
  •  is committed to developing high level clinical thinking skills for use in diagnosis and treatment with children who have CAS

CASANA initiated the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Intensive Training Institute in 2011 as an effort to expand high-level, advanced clinical expertise throughout the United States and Canada for the population of children affected by CAS, a population that is noted for being complex to both diagnose and treat.  A highly competitive program, the Institute accepts only 20 candidates in the program.

Accepted applicants pay for room, board, travel, and materials, while CASANA provides over 30 hours of specialized, advanced training with three CAS Expert faculty members and ongoing professional mentoring.  Funding for the specialized training and mentoring is made possible by donors and supporters of the Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech® as well as in-kind support from the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Duquesne University.

Interested professionals should download the application and mail the completed application, postmarked no later than December 20, 2013, to CASANA.  For questions, contact Kathy Hennessy via email only at kathyh@apraxia-kids.org.

Download the 2014 CAS Intensive Training Institute “Boot Camp” Application

Upcoming Webinar: Promoting Expressive Language Development in Children with Apraxia

A CASANA Live Webinar:

Promoting Expressive Language Development in Children with Apraxia

Presented by Apraxia expert Margaret Fish, M.S., CCC-SLP,
author of Here’s How To Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech 

(ASHA CEUs are available for this educational event)

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My student’s speech is highly unintelligible, but he also has a very limited vocabulary and only can speak in simple sentences! Where do I begin?

A commonly sited characteristic of children with apraxia of speech is limited or delayed expressive language. Limitations in expressive language impact a child’s ability to express their ideas clearly, and can lead to frustration for the child who has many ideas to share, but limited ability to do so.

Questions for many speech-language pathologists are, “How can I work on all of these goals in the limited amount of time the child is in therapy?” or “How do I determine what is having the greatest impact on the child’s ability to communicate effectively so that I can prioritize the goals most effectively?

In this webinar, principles for structuring language intervention to support vocabulary, longer and more complex sentence usage, and grammar skills in the context of speech praxis treatment in children with severe speech sound disorders will be discussed. Ideas for how speech-related goals and language-related goals can be addressed simultaneously and, therefore, more efficiently through thoughtful treatment planning will be provided. A central theme of this online seminar will be to find ways to make the treatment both effective and enjoyable for children. Case studies and development of treatment goals will be addressed.

Webinar Dates and Times

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (US/EST)

Thursday, November 21, 2013 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (US/EST)

REGISTRATION CLOSES AT THE END OF FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

 

Apraxia-KIDS News, September 20, 2013

 

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The Latest News, Events, and Information on or Related to Childhood Apraxia of Speech

 

September 20, 2013

CASANA News

iPADS FOR APRAXIA PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

We are accepting applications for our iPads for Apraxia program!  Each year CASANA distributes iPads and protective cases to children with severe apraxia with financial need and small nonprofit speech therapy clinics.  Click here to read more about the programApplications are due no later than Friday October 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM US/EDT.  Funding for this program is from proceeds raised during the Walk for Children with  Apraxia® , the Silent Stars Foundation, and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

2013 CHILDHOOD APRAXIA OF SPEECH RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

In February 2013, CASANA held the 2013 CAS Research Symposium, bringing together the world’s top researchers and CASANA representatives to share and discuss the “state of the art” in childhood apraxia of speech research.  We are pleased to report that videos of the four scientific presentation sections are now available for viewing by all concerned with children with apraxia.  To access the videos, one must first register and then will be sent a password and link via email.  For more information, click here.  The symposium and videos were made possible thanks to funds raised through the Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech® .

CHECK OUT CASANA’S PROFESSIONAL FRIENDS DIRECTORY
View a list of professionals that support CASANA and our apraxia cause! Click here to view complete list, by state, of those professionals: Apraxia-KIDS.org – CASANA Professional Friends Directory

Articles of Interest

Why Suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech Deserves Careful Assessment – Speech-language pathologist Tatyana Elleseff makes the case as to why detailed speech, language and communication assessment is required to diagnose the complexity of a speech disorder like CAS and she urges developmental pediatrician’s to resist assigning the diagnosis and treatment plan until an SLP has carefully evaluated. ASHA Sphere Blog, 9/17/2013

Childhood Apraxia of Speech: One Mother’s Journey –By Guest Blogger, Merritt Tise, founder of the Charlotte Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech. CharlotteSmartyPants.com, 9/18/2013

Tell Me About Apraxia – “Don’t worry, she’ll catch up.” I heard that sentence from so many parents around Anna’s second birthday. We were worried about her speech; she was talking all the time but we could barely understand her while kids her age and younger spoke clearly. “Don’t worry she’ll catch up,” people would say. I said the same thing to myself. I figured it would just happen. Fatherhood, Etc. Blog, 9/17/2013  

E-readers more effective than paper for some readers with dyslexiaE-readers are more effective than reading on paper for some with dyslexia, according to results published September 18 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Mathew Schneps from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and colleagues from other institutions. Science Codex, 9/19/2013

Upcoming Events

The Walk for Children with Apraxia®
Upcoming Dates and Locations –  Saturday, September 21, 2013 – Akron, OH; Houston, TX; Fennimore, WI; Fort Wayne, IN; Brookhaven, MI; Westminster/Baltimore, MD; Bellevue, IA; Dallas, TX; and Coloma, MI — Sunday, September 22, 2013 – Pittsburgh, PA — Saturday, September 28, 2013 – Tallahassee, FL; Gaylord, MI; Valdosta, GA; Edmonton, AB; New Berlin, WI; Charlotte, NC; Fulton, NY; Shippensburg, PA —- Sunday, September 29, 2013 – Huron, OH  Click here to see all locations and dates. Nearly 11,000 walkers have already joined the cause to raise apraxia awareness and help raise funding for programs and research. Join the Walk for Children with Apraxia® – the national movement to raise awareness and help unlock the voices of children with apraxia!

Fall CASANA Apraxia Workshops, Seminars, and Webinars

September 23, 2013

St. Paul, MN Workshop – Assessment, Treatment, and Early Literacy Skills for Children with Apraxia with Dr. Amy Meredith (ASHA CEU’s will be offered)

Click here for more information

October 10, 2013

Philadelphia, PA Parent Seminar – Understanding Executive Function Skills & Children with Apraxia with Dr. Ruth Stoeckel of the Mayo Clinic

Click here for more information

October 11, 2013

Philadelphia, PA Workshop – Apraxia “Plus”: Common Co-Existing Issues & Management Strategies in Children with Apraxia of Speech with Dr. Ruth Stoeckel of the Mayo Clinic (ASHA CEUs will be offered)

Click here for more information

October 15, 2013

Live Webinar at 7:00 PM US/EDT – Dealing with Dysarthria & Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Click here for more information

October 18, 2013

Live webinar at 10:00 AM US/EDT – Dealing with Dysarthria & Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Click here for more information

November 6, 2013

Live webinar at 7:00 PM US/EST – Sibling Struggles: Support and Survival Strategies

Click here for more information

November 8, 2013

Live webinar at 9:00 AM US/EST – Sibling Struggles: Support and Survival Strategies

Click here for more information

Click here to view more educational, support and awareness events

Ways to Raise Apraxia Awareness!

Are you like us? Always looking for ways to start a conversation or raise awareness about apraxia? Check out some of our newest Apraxia Awareness products available in the Apraxia-KIDS Store. New in the store is this sterling silver “Every child deserves a voice” bracelet with our CASANA Apraxia logo.  Raise some awareness!  Purchase yours today! 

 

 

2013 CASANA Holiday Ornament is Here!

This year’s holiday ornament is a beautiful polished pewter star with embossing of our Apraxia logo and official tagline, “Every child deserves a voice”.  This is a perfect gift for parents, therapists, educators or anyone who holds a child with apraxia dear to their heart.  You can purchase the ornament here.

 

 

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Apraxia-KIDS News – Special Back To School Resources Issue

Each year we know that parents of children with apraxia are both excited about and a bit frightened about their child with apraxia going back to school.  With new teachers and other new personnel, we fear that perhaps our child won’t be understood, not their words nor their needs.  Below are some resources from Apraxia-KIDS that can help make the transition easier and help parents avoid recreating the wheel!  Please share with all the parents you know who have a child with apraxia returning to school!

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My Child Has Apraxia: Letter To A Teacher

Explains childhood apraxia of speech in easy to understand language for new teachers in a child’s life. Gives a list of suggestions and aid to teachers. Click here to download.

 

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Letter to Teachers of Young Children

This is a one page Word document that can be “personalized” to every child. Created by Diane James and used with her permission.

Click here for download

 

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If I Could Only Tell You, I Would Say…

What would children with apraxia of speech tell us — if they only could? This is an awareness building information flyer to help put perspective on the struggles and thoughts of children with apraxia. Click here for download.

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What You Should Know About Childhood Apraxia of Speech

This is an easy to read brochure, explaining apraxia of speech in simple terms for the lay reader. This can be a great brochure to give parents, extended family, neighbors, friends and community members.  Click here for brochure.

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The “All About Me” Book – How To Share Information About Your Child with Apraxia

This resource describes how to write your very own book about your child in a way that not only highlights their needs but shares information about who your child is as a person, their likes, talents, and motivators.  This type of sharing helps those new to your child to focus on the “whole” child, not just on their disability.  Read more here.

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I Want To Be Your Friend

This children’s book is a story, told in Emma’s “voice”, that explains apraxia from her viewpoint. Emma explains her feelings, all of the ways that she CAN communicate, and also her special interests that are just like those of the children she would like to be her friends. Perfect for early elementary classrooms. Price: $9.95 Check out this book here.

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Is Your Non-verbal Child Safe On the School Bus?

Don’t let one of your worst nightmares come to life. Be sure you are prepared and your child is safe. Read this Apraxia-Blog article to understand how! Read more here.

Learn more about childhood apraxia of speech, schooling and education in our online All Things Apraxia Library!  Click here to go to Education & Schooling Library.

 

2013 National Conference Speaker/Session Spotlight: Tricia McCabe, Ph.D.

2013 National Conference Speaker/ Session Spotlight

Thursday, July 11 – Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center

Tricia McCabe, Ph.D., is Course Director and Senior Lecturer at The University of Sydney. Her main research area is treatment for moderate-severe speech impairments in children. Within this area she has a number of interests including (a) treatments for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) (also known as dyspraxia), (b) disorders of speech which cause impairments to production of polysyllabic words and longer linguistic units, (c) the comparison of phonological and articulation treatments to demonstrate relative effectiveness and efficiency and (d) the use of ultrasound for biofeedback in speech pathology. With her colleagues, Elizabeth Murray and Kirrie Ballard, she has recently completed a Randomised Control Trial comparing ReST with the Nuffield Dyspraxia Program (3rd ed). Other research projects in CAS currently underway include: Developing parent delivered interventions for children with CAS in both Australia and Canada; projects trialing computer delivered versions of ReST and NDP3; and a longitudinal study of speech development in children with early identified ASD. She is Chair of the International CAS Assessment Consortium. This Consortium hopes to develop agreed reporting standards to be used in research involving children with CAS. Tricia is particularly interested in the application of the principles of speech motor learning to new treatments for CAS particularly and articulation and voice disorders more generally. She is also interested in the application of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) in speech pathology and speech pathology service delivery innovations.

You are traveling a very long way to speak at the 2013 National Conference on CAS. What are you looking forward to the most?
“I’m excited to meet a wide range of people who are all interested in CAS and very excited to share our new treatment and our research results. It’s very exciting to have done the first ever randomized control trial of treatments for children with CAS and I want as many people as possible to know about it.”

What makes our National Conference on CAS so different from other conferences?
“The variety of people: parents, children, clinicians and researchers all together.”

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DR. MCCABE’S PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION 300

ReST: A New Treatment for Prosody and Speech Accuracy for School-Aged Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Rapid Syllable Transition Training (ReST) is a recently developed treatment for improving prosody and speech accuracy in children aged 4-12. ReST uses pseudo-words of 2-3 syllables to target syllable segregation, lexical stress and articulatory consistency and accuracy in high intensity drill based therapy. We have recently completed a randomized control trial of ReST which shows that the treatment is effective and generalizes to untreated words. In our recent research, we also showed that children who had treatment 4 days per week for 3 weeks continued to improve for up to 4 months after the treatment stopped. This workshop will describe the background to the treatment, the research including the RCT and other studies including parent training and a trial of computer delivery, and describe who the treatment might suit. Participants will watch the therapy being conducted and will learn to judge correct and incorrect target productions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to describe the theoretical background of the Rapid Syllable Transition Training (ReST).
  • Participants will be able to describe the major components of the treatment.
  • Participants will be able to identify correct and incorrect production of the treatment stimuli.

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The information presented in your session might be fairly new information for many of the participants.  Why do you feel it’s important to have this additional tool available in the treatment of children with CAS?
“Having treatment that has been shown to be effective at improving speech and prosodic accuracy in children aged 4-12 is a huge leap forward. Until now the best research evidence we have had has been group studies where the children were not randomized and follow-up data was not collected. Our new treatment, ReST, shows excellent results.”

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Apraxia-KIDS News – April 18, 2013

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April 18, 2013

Albuquerque, New Mexico Boy, 4, Left on Bus for More Than an Hour
An Albuquerque mother lived a nightmare when her 4-year-old son, Josiah Ortiz, went missing after he didn’t make a speech therapy class.  With no one at the school to come out and get Josiah, the bus driver left with him still on the bus and continued her route because she did not want to leave him unattended. KOAT Albuquerque – The Northerner Blog – April 12, 2013, By Anna Velasquez

Farmington, Minnesota 3-year-old left alone on school bus for 4 hours
Elliott Johnson, a 3-year-old boy with childhood apraxia of speech, doesn’t say a lot. His mother, Elizabeth Johnson said, “He doesn’t speak well and he’s very shy.” On Friday, April 12, 2013 he never made it to school, even with the bus driver and bus aide on board. He was left alone in the bus terminal for four hours, still strapped in and seated right behind the bus driver. KARE 11 News – April 12, 2013, By Renee Tessman

Is Your Nonverbal Child Safe on the School Bus – Apraxia-KIDS.org – By Sharon Gretz, M.Ed.

Early Development in Infants at Risk of Childhood Apraxia of Speech: A Longitudinal Investigation – Taylor Francis Online – Developmental Neuropsychology, Volume 38, Issue 3, 2013

Speed Articulatory Movements Involved in Speech Production in Children with Dyslexia – Journal of Learning Disabilities – Mirela Duranovic, PhD, and Sabina Sehic, MA April 9, 2013

 

 

Sample Conference Schedules for Parents of Newly Diagnosed Children with Apraxia
Are you a parent or a caregiver that will be attending the CASANA National Conference on CAS for the first time? If you are unsure of what to choose, we’ve provided two example schedules at the link to follow: Apraxia-KIDS.org – Published April 16, 2013

CASANA Selected as Organization to Benefit from 2014 Children’s Calendar Project
Oana Hogrefe Photography has selected CASANA as the beneficiary of the 2014 Childhood Calendar fundraiser. A public casting call in the Atlanta area has been issued and 25-30 children will be selected to be photographed as a part of this effort. All funds collected through the session fee, the online voting for the featured month images, and the sales of the calendars will be donated to CASANA. To learn more information about the Childhood Calendar fundraiser, visit http://www.childhoodcalendar.comPressDoc – April 12, 2013, CASANA PressRoom 

Check Out CASANA’s Apraxia Professional Friends Directory
View a list of professionals that support CASANA and our apraxia cause! Click here to view complete list of those professionals: Apraxia-KIDS.org – CASANA Professional Friends Directory 

Friends of Man, unique charity aids individuals and families in need of assistance – Organization that could help families attend CASANA National Conference on CAS in Denver this summer.  A third-party professional, such as a family’s therapist, teacher, physician, or social worker must apply on behalf of a family to attend a training for educational purposes.

California Pizza Kitchen – Cherry Hill, NJ – Fundraiser Event – Benefits the 2013 Justin & Emily’s Philadelphia Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

2013 South Jersey Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech – More than 150 participants came out to support and raised more than $10,000! Check out the event photos from the day on CASANA’s Facebook Page.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 25, 2013Charlotte, NC Apraxia 101: A Parent Seminar on Childhood Apraxia of Speech – presented by Sharon Gretz, M.Ed., CASANA Executive Director and Founder

April 20, 2013Utah Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

April 20, 2013Phi Sigma Pi 5k Fun Run/Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

April 21, 2013Staten Island Speaks Up! 2013 Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

April 23 or 26, 2013Webinar – Executive Functioning: Helping Children to Plan to Succeed – presented by Ruth Stoeckel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, international presenter on CAS and CASANA Professional Advisory Board Member – REGISTRATION CLOSES MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY, APRIL 19 US/EDT!

April 27, 2013Arizona Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

May 3, 2013Albuquerque, New Mexico Apraxia Workshop – Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Comprehensive Assessment and Effective Treatment – presented by Margaret A. Fish, M.S., CCC-SLP, author of the book “Here’s How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech” and CASANA Professional Advisory Board Member – EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS FRIDAY, APRIL 19!

May 5, 2013Greater Atlanta Area Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

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NEW! Apraxia Awareness Silver Necklace – Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day or Apraxia Awareness Day

Apraxia Awareness Silver Necklace

LIMITED QUANTITY AVAILABLE — A double stacked Apraxia Awareness necklace including a sterling silver 1 1/8th inch bottom disc hand stamped with “Every Child Deserves a Voice” around the outer edge.  The smaller, top disc is a 3/4 inch sterling silver disc that is hand stamped with the words “Apraxia Awareness” around the outer edge.  Also included on top is an open star charm.  Both discs and charm are attached on the same ring and hang on a 18-inch sterling silver bead ball chain. A great gift for Mother’s Day or wonderful way to show your support on Apraxia Awareness Day.  Purchase yours today!

 

View Our Sample National Conference Schedules for New Parents

Sample Conference Schedules for
Parents of Children Newly Diagnosed with CAS

Thursday, July 11 – Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center

Are you a parent or a caregiver that will be attending the CASANA National Conference on CAS for the first time?  If you are unsure of what to sessions to choose, we’ve provided two example schedules below! 

SAMPLE SCHEDULE A

Friday, July 12, 2013

8:00 – 9:30 AM:  Session 101 – The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol:  Effective Strategies for CAS, presented by N. Kaufman

10:00 – 11:30 AM:  Session 201 – An Overview for a Multi-Sensory Approach to Treatment for Children with CAS, presented by D. Hammer

1:00 – 2:30 PM:  Session 301 – Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC): Why, When, and How Do We Use It?, presented by R. Stoeckel

3:00 – 4:30 PM:  Session 401 – An Overview of the Speech EZ® Apraxia Program, presented by L. Carahaly

Saturday, July 13, 2013

8:00 – 9:30 AM:  Session 505 – S.P.E.E.C.H. Tools: A Parental Guide to Generalization on Skills in the Home Environment, presented by J. Murdock, S. Graf

10:00 – 11:30 AM:  Session 601 – P.R.I.S.M.: Foundation to Effective Treatment of CAS, presented by M. Fish

1:00 – 2:30 AM:  Session 702 – Making Practice Fun!, presented by D. Rupp

3:00 – 4:30 AM:  Session 802 – Q & A: Newly Diagnosed Children, presented by Panel

 

SAMPLE SCHEDULE B

Friday, July 12, 2013

8:00 – 9:30 AM:  Session 105 – S.P.E.E.C.H. Tools: A Parental Guide to Generalization on Skills in the Home Environment, presented by J. Murdock, S. Graf

10:00 – 11:30 AM:  Session 204 – Tablets and Apps:  Getting Started in Home Use for Children with CAS, presented by M. Mahon

1:00 – 2:30 PM:  Session 306 – A Walk Through the IEP: An Overview of Special Education and CAS, presented by J. Green

3:00 – 4:30 PM:  Session 402 – Observed Early Characteristics for CAS Via Video Research, presented by M. Overby, S. Caspari

Saturday, July 13, 2013

8:00 – 9:30 AM:  Session 503 – Apraxia Intervention Phases: Acquisition, Generalization, Retention, presented by R. Stoeckel

10:00 – 11:30 AM:  Session 603 – General Language General Speech Pattern, presented by M.L. Almeida, J. Murdock

1:00 – 2:30 PM:  Session 702 – Making Practice Fun!, presented by D. Rupp

3:00 – 4:30 PM:  Session 802 – Q & A: Newly Diagnosed Children (recommended for parents), presented by Panel

 

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CASANA Named as Beneficiary of Oana Hogrefe Photography’s Childhood Calendar Fundraiser

childhood_calendar_logo(PITTSBURGH, PA)—(April 12, 2013) –The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) has been selected as the beneficiary of the 2014 Childhood Calendar fundraiser  from Oana Hogrefe Photography to support important funding for apraxia programs and research as well as raise awareness of childhood apraxia of speech.

Oana Hogrefe Photography, a boutique studio specializing in memorable portraits of babies, children, and families and  located in Atlanta, GA, started the Children’s Calendar project as a yearly fundraiser benefitting charities dedicated to bettering the lives of children and families.  Ms. Hogrefe has issued a public casting call in which 25-30 children, mostly in the Atlanta area, will be selected to be photographed as a part of this effort.  All funds collected through the session fee, the online voting for the calendar’s featured month images, and the sales of the calendars will be donated to CASANA.  Since its inception, the Childhood Calendar has raised over $20,000 and is now in its fourth year.

“CASANA is so very pleased to partner with Oana Hogrefe on the 2014 Children’s Calendar project,” said Sharon Gretz, M.Ed., Executive Director and Founder of CASANA.  “Not only will the project raise important funding for our programs and research, but it also will raise awareness about childhood apraxia of speech and the need for all of us to raise our voices so that children affected by apraxia receive the support, attention, and recognition that they both need and deserve.”

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a very challenging and complicated speech disorder in children, making it difficult or impossible for children to accurately produce sounds, syllables and/or words despite having a good understanding of language.  .  With appropriate help and support, children with apraxia can make great strides in their quest to become verbal communicators.

“It is a joy to involve the community each year through the various stages of the Childhood Calendar project.  Parents and children alike delight in being able to help fund both well-known as well as smaller non-profits, while creating beautiful images at the same time,” said Oana Hogrefe, owner of Oana Hogrefe Photography and creator of the Childhood Calendar. “CASANA’s mission moves me deeply, as I strongly believe each one of us has a right and a universal need for self-expression.  Helping children speak clearly and correctly is a worthy cause, and we are honored to play a part in furthering this effort.”

To support or learn more about the Children’s Calendar Project and to participate in the casting call, please visit http://www.childrenscalendar.com.  To visit Oana Hogrefe Photography’s website, visit http://www.shutterview.com.

The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), founded in 2000, strives 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 and to achieve to their potential. CASANA works toward this mission through promoting national awareness of childhood apraxia of speech; providing high quality information and support to families and professionals; conducting multiple educational events around the nation; and supporting as well as funding apraxia research.  For more information on CASANA and Childhood Apraxia of Speech, visit the Apraxia-KIDS website at http://www.apraxia-kids.org.

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