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®.

About CASANA
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 http://www.apraxia-kids.org.

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CASANA To Fund Speech Therapy Via Grant to Small Steps in Speech

May 14, 2014 (Pittsburgh, PA) – The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) announced today that it will continue providing funding for Small Steps in Speech (SSIS) in order to fund speech therapy grants specifically for children with apraxia of speech.

During its first year the program, which is managed by SSIS, was able to provide direct speech therapy grants to:

  • 32 children with apraxia of speech from 21 states
  • A total of 646 speech therapy sessions
  • Median age of children was 4 years; 6 months
  • 11 girls and 21 boys

“Thanks to the amazing support of organizers, donors, and participants in CASANA’s Walk for Children with Apraxia we are able to continue to partner with Small Steps in Speech for this calendar year and provide funds for speech therapy grants for children with apraxia.  Many families are burdened by the significant financial resources needed to provide appropriate speech therapy for their child.  Limited insurance funding and school services for families, especially those of modest means, makes a severely challenging problem even more so.  We know that early, appropriate speech therapy is what is essential for children with apraxia to develop intelligible speech and communication.  CASANA is glad to be able to assist families in need in this way as we continue to advocate and education funders and policy makers,” says Sharon Gretz, Executive Director of CASANA.

To learn more about the application process visit the Small Steps in Speech website.

About CASANA
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 http://www.apraxia-kids.org.

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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)

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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

REGISTRATION CLOSES FOR THESE WEBINARS ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2014

 

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

(ATLANTA, GA) FEBRUARY 3, 2014 – Oana Hogrefe Photography (Shutterview.com) 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

REGISTRATION CLOSES AT THE END OF DAY FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2014

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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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

Upcoming Webinar: Introduction to Ultrasound Biofeedback for Childhood Apraxia of Speech

A CASANA Live Webinar:

An Introduction to Ultrasound Biofeedback for Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Presented by Jonathan Preston, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,

(ASHA CEUs are available for this educational event)

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Real-time ultrasound imaging of the tongue has recently been used as a biofeedback tool for treating persisting speech sound disorders, including childhood apraxia of speech.

With ultrasound, clients (and clinicians) can see their tongue position and shape and can be cued to modify tongue movements in real-time with this visual information. Although not every SLP will have access to this technology, clinicians should be informed of the advantages and disadvantages of this approach as well as the research supporting the efficacy of ultrasound biofeedback.

The seminar will provide an overview with video examples of how the technology can be used to assess tongue movements and remediate speech errors in school-age children with CAS.

Webinar Dates and Times:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 @ 10:30 AM EST/US

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 @ 7:00 PM EST/US

REGISTRATION CLOSES AT THE END OF DAY FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2014

Apraxia-KIDS News – November 26, 2013

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

 

November 26, 2013

CASANA News

THE APRAXIA CENTER – ON DEMAND WEBINAR LIBRARY
We are happy to announce our new on-demand webinar library. The Apraxia Center On-Demand Webinars library enables those interested in boosting their learning about childhood apraxia of speech to purchase and view educational webinars at a time convenient to the individual. According to CASANA’s Director of Education, Kathy Hennessy, “With a wide range of topics and a world-wide audience, there was always a fair number of people who wanted to register for our live webinars, but could not due to the time constraints. I am so excited that CASANA can now also offer recorded versions of live webinars in the Apraxia Center On-Demand Webinar Library. We will continue to build the Library and add new titles every month.” Click here to access the Webinar Library. 

UPCOMING CHILDHOOD APRAXIA OF SPEECH INTENSIVE TRAINING INSTITUTE FOR SLPS
We are currently receiving applications for the 2014 Childhood Apraxia of Speech Intensive Training Institute which will 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. 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. Click here to learn more and download the application.  Applications are due on or before December 20, 2013.

2014 10TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHILDHOOD APRAXIA OF SPEECH
Nashville, Tennessee – July 10 – 12, 2014
CASANA is proud to announce the 10thAnnual National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech to be held in Nashville, Tennessee, July 10-12, 2014 at the Hilton Downtown Nashville Hotel and Conference Center. The conference will offer lectures and information focusing, not just on children’s speech skills, but also their overall language development, educational and developmental needs. The variety of sessions offered will meet the learning needs of each individual who wishes to attend. Registration is expected to open by April 1, 2014.

CASANA’s annual conference features national experts and other speakers who will discuss all aspects of apraxia of speech in children, including assessment, treatment methods, education, and more.The conference is appropriate for parents, family members, speech-language pathologists, general education and special education administrators and teachers, school psychologists, paraprofessionals, preschool administrators and teachers, higher education faculty, and professional development staff. 

1.2 ASHA CE credits will be offered for speech-language pathologists in attendance. Additional CEU’s will be available to those professionals attending pre-conference sessions and/or the Keynote Address. Current and updated information as it becomes available can be found by clicking here

Call for Presentations – We are accepting applications for those who are interested in presenting at next summer’s national conference in Nashville, Tennessee! Our program focuses on presenting current best practices with emphasis, whenever possible, on evidence-based information through sessions and keynote presentations. The overall conference objectives are to share practical ideas and approaches, and to provide a continuum of information on topics of interest and concern to both new and experienced conference attendees (both parents and professionals). ASHA Continuing Education Units will be offered for this conference. Click here to go to the 2014 CAS National Conference webpage.  

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

Six Year Old Danny Keefe & his “Band of Brothers” inspire the world – All those who care about children with apraxia of speech and other disabilities were brought to tears last week as the story of Danny (who has childhood apraxia of speech) and his friends on the Bridgewater Badgers peewee football team emerged.  According to news reports, when Danny’s friend and team quarterback Tommy Cooney heard Danny was getting picked on because of the way he speaks, he took it upon himself to do something about it and got the whole team involved.  This group of children captured the hearts of the world as the story spread.  Kudos to all of the wonderful children involved with this story and also to the parents who have raised them to be so compassionate! EnterpriseNews.com, 11/22/2013 – Good Morning America – Play of the Day (video)

Holiday Shopping Opportunities 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.  Many make great stocking stuffers or fantastic presents for your favorite people!

2014 Childhood Calendar

This beautiful calendar features children with apraxia of speech as well as quotes and phrases about communication and self expression, a perfect gift for grandparents, parents, SLPs, teachers, and others! The annual calendar is a project initiated by Atlanta photographer Oana Hogrefe and we are so grateful she selected CASANA and our apraxia cause as the beneficiary of this year’s proceeds! Order the calendar.


Apraxia Awareness Shambala Bracelet

This new awareness bracelet is sure to grab attention!  The bracelet is made from blue jasper and silver, blue which represents our color of hope, and also includes our official Apraxia symbol charm dangle. Limited quantity available for the holidays so get your now! Order the bracelet here.

 

Sterling silver “Every child deserves a voice” bracelet

Stamped with our CASANA Apraxia tagline.  Raise some awareness!  Purchase yours today! 
 

2013 CASANA Holiday Ornament

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.

More items and awareness gifts are available in our online Apraxia Store!

 

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CASANA Adds “On-Demand” Webinars

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(PITTSBURGH, PA) – November 1, 2013 – CASANA announced today the availability of a new on-demand webinar library – The Apraxia Center.  The Apraxia Center On-Demand Webinar library enables those interested in boosting their learning about childhood apraxia of speech to purchase and view educational webinars at a time convenient to the individual.  CASANA has been offering high-level, live educational webinars for speech language pathologists, as well as families since 2010.

According to CASANA’s Director of Education, Kathy Hennessy, “With a wide range of topics and a world-wide audience, there was always a fair number of people who wanted to register for our live webinars, but could not due to the time constraints. I am so excited that CASANA can now also offer recorded versions of live webinars in the Apraxia Center On-Demand Webinar Library. We will continue to build the Library and add new titles every month.”

Those who purchase the new recorded webinars will have access to view them 24/7 for a 30 day period.  Recorded webinars area also eligible for ASHA CE credit.

To view the new Apraxia Center On-Demand Webinar Library, click here.