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)

Young Boy Being Tutored by His Teacher

“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

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

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

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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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