2013 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech – Are you on the map???

2013 NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
CHILDHOOD APRAXIA OF SPEECH

Are you on the map? – Act Now and REGISTER Today! 

 

Join attendees from 40 STATES (higlighted above in purple), and CANADA and AUSTRALIA! There is still time to secure your spot today for the 2013 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech to be held July 11-July 13 in Denver, Colorado at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center!

REASONS WHY PAST ATTENDEES SAY YOU SHOULD REGISTER NOW!

 “I went the first year we were diagnosed and it was EXTREMELY helpful. Not only do you get the information from the professionals, but you get to meet other families who are struggling wit the same things. I have made lifelong friends.” (Lisa)

“You need to go, you’ll learn so much! I cried at my first conference and I mean that in a good way. Here was a whole huge group of people who understood and could relate to what I was going through day to day with my child. It was glorious. It was like coming home” (Traci)

“Go! You will learn so much!” (Jennifer)

“Regardless of where you are in your journey, the conference is for you. There are sessions for everyone!” (Susan)

“I went two weeks after my son was diagnosed! I would never have made all the progress we did this year without having all of the resources from the conference. I’m going this year too and can’t wait.” (Bridget)

 

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REGISTER TODAY FOR THE 2013 NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CAS!

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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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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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2013 National Conference Speaker/Session Spotlight: Gillian Green, JD

2013 National Conference Speaker/ Session Spotlight

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

Gillian Green, JD, is an attorney and parent of a child with CAS. She graduated with honors from Stanford Law School in 2005, and worked for several years at a national law firm in the field of contracts, licensing, and negotiations.  In 2011, she started her own firm, also focusing on contracts and licensing, and works on a pro bono basis as a special education advocate for parents of children with disabilities. She lives and works in Colorado, and is the facilitator of the Colorado parents of children with apraxia group.

“I attended last year’s national conference in Boston and found it to be extremely educational as well as hopeful.  Being a parent of a child with CAS can feel quite lonely at times and the effort to help our kids can seem daunting.  But being at a conference with other parents and educators who want to help our kids as best they can is so affirming.  It makes you feel part of a team, and gives you that energy boost and the knowledge that you can make a difference for your child, and you can help them find their voices!”

GILLIAN GREEN’S NATIONAL CONFERENCE SESSION 306
A Walk through the IEP: An Overview of Special Education Law and CAS
Among the many challenges facing a parent of a child with CAS is how to best advocate for that child’s needs – especially when it comes to school supports and services. This presentation will outline the basics of federal special education law and protections, as well as some specifics regarding Colorado state laws.  We’ll then move to the basics of an IEP meeting, what parents can – and should – expect to result from the meeting, and what happens after the meeting.  We’ll discuss specific IEP goals and objectives relevant to CAS, as well as common misconceptions that prevent some parents from maximizing the impact they can have on the services their child receives.  There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions and answers.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to discuss the basics of the IEP process and applicable law.
  • Participants will be able to recognize common misconceptions about the IEP process and parent involvement.
  • Participants will be able to identify strategies to become more effective advocates for their children with CAS.
“I think having the conference in Denver will be an amazing opportunity for parents, researchers, and educators to learn the current best practices for helping our kids with CAS and then bring those ideas out into our community.  For parents, I think it’s going to be a chance to connect with other parents, educate themselves, and really build an active, supportive community.  And for all of us, raising awareness of apraxia in the media and press is so important for our kids; having the conference here will really help us to educate our own family, friends, and neighbors about what CAS is, and how we can all encourage and support our kids.”

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Scholarship Applications Now Available for 2013 National Conference

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM APPLICATION INFORMATION

A limited number of PARTIAL/FULL scholarships are available for CASANA’s 2013 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech on July 11 – 13, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  Conference scholarships are intended for those who would be unable to attend the conference without financial assistance. We regret that we will be unable to assist all of those who apply for conference scholarships; however CASANA will use the resources of the Scholarship Fund to assist as many applicants as possible.  CASANA’s Scholarship Committee will decide which type of scholarship to award applicants and its decisions are final.

  • ELIGIBILITY:  Parents or Guardians of a child diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech are eligible for a scholarship.  Priority will be given to applicants attending their first National Conference.  Special consideration will also be given to those applicants who are actively involved in CASANA activities.  Only one scholarship per family will be awarded.  Past scholarship recipients are not eligible. Scholarships are not transferable.
  • SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION:
    • Partial Registration Fee – For individuals to whom a partial scholarship is awarded, $200 of the Early-Bird Registration Fee will be waived.  Individuals will also receive access to the electronic handouts through the Conference Handout website.
    • Full Registration Fee – For individuals to whom a full scholarship is awarded, the entire Early-Bird Registration Fee will be waived.  Individuals will also receive access to the electronic handouts through the Conference Handout website.
    • Full Registration Fee and Hotel Fee – For individuals to whom a full scholarship and hotel fees is awarded, the entire Early-Bird Registration Fee will be waived.  Individuals will also receive access to the electronic handouts through the Conference Handout website.  CASANA will also provide a hotel room at the conference venue for 2 nights at the conference group rate.  Individuals will be expected to guarantee the hotel room in accordance with the hotel’s no show policy with their own credit card and provide the hotel with a credit card for incidentals.  CASANA will not pay for a hotel room where the individual does not show up and the individual’s credit card will be charged.

DEADLINE:  All Scholarship Applications must be postmarked by May 1, 2013.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

TO DOWNLOAD SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION, CLICK HERE!

For more information and details about the 2013 National Conference on CAS, click here.