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: 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

Upcoming Webinar – Dealing with Dysarthria & Childhood Apraxia of Speech

A CASANA Live Webinar:

Dealing with Dysarthria & Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Presented by Apraxia expert Ruth Stoeckel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP of the Mayo Clinic

(ASHA CEUs are available for this educational event)

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In recent years, there has been increased awareness of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) as a pediatric motor speech disorder that affects planning and programming for speech production.  Motor impairment affecting the execution of speech movements (dysarthria) in children is more often associated with other disorders, such as cerebral palsy, has received less attention, yet, can seriously impact speech sound production.

For children with severe speech sound disorders, it may be challenging to SLPs to determine the relative contributions of linguistic versus motor impairment, and to differentiate problems of planning/programming from difficulty with execution of movements.  In addition to making an accurate diagnosis, treatment will need to be adjusted, depending on the degree to which different factors are involved. This session will discuss overlapping characteristics between apraxia and dysarthria, characteristics that differentiate the two disorders, and how therapy intervention can be adapted when both apraxia and dysarthria are present.

Webinar Dates and Times:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM US/EDT – Click here to read more

Friday, October 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM US/EDT – Click here to read more

REGISTRATION CLOSES AT THE END OF FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

 

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.

 

Apraxia-KIDS News – April 25, 2013

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

Learning Disabilities Affect Up to 10 Percent of Children, Study Finds
A new study by academics at UCL and Goldsmiths indicates that up to 10 percent of the population are affected by specific learning disabilities (SLDs), and that children are frequently affected by more than one learning disability such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and specific language impairment. As a part of the study, researchers summarized what is currently known about SLD’s neural and genetic basis to help clarify what is causing these disabilities to develop, helping to improve teaching for individual learners, and also training for school pyschologists, clinicians, and teachers.  Medical Express – Psychology & Psychiatry – April 18, 2013

I Bought an AAC App, Now What
This blog post, written by Dr. Robin Parker, focuses on some of the specific teaching strategies for AAC that will help you become an effective AAC facilitator and your child to become a more competent AAC user.  Technology in (SPL) Education – Dr. Robin Parker – April 16, 2013

Four Steps to Teach Your Child Spatial Concepts – Speech and Language Kids – By Carrie Clark, CCC-SLP – April 23, 2013

School Leader Group Proposes Change to Special Education Due ProcessEducation Week Blog – Christina Samuels – April 22, 2013

Clinical Trial Could Pave Way for Autism Blood TestDisability Scoop – Shaun Heasley – April 23, 2013

Motor Sequencing Deficit as an Endophenotype of Speech Sound Disorder: A Genome-Wide Linkage Analysis in a Multigenerational FamilyNCBI – National Library of Medicine – National Institute of Health – Peter B, Matsushita M, Raskind WH, 2013

 

 

2013 National Conference Speaker/ Session Spotlight:  Tricia McCabe, Ph.D.
Are you still on the fence about what sessions to choose at the 2013 Summer National Conference on CAS?  Read about this week’s Speaker/ Session Spotlight – ReST: A New Treatment for Prosody and Speech Accuracy for School-Aged Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, presented by Tricia McCabe, Ph.D.  Apraxia-KIDS.org – Published April 23, 2013

Suggestions for Observing Apraxia Awareness Day on May 14, 2013
Check out our Apraxia Awareness Day page that includes several ways you can observe as well as help raise awareness in your very own communities. This includes several ideas of things to do, such as reaching out to your local news media with a sample press release or a sample “letter to the editor.” You can raise awareness within your own social network by using your personal Facebook, Twitter, or Blog pages.  Also, we have many Apraxia Awareness Day products available in our store, including t-shirts, buttons, bumper stickers, mugs, banners, and much more!  Find out more here:  Apraxia-KIDS.org – April 2013 

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 

St. Francis Lift for Life – Benefits Apraxia Awareness & CASANAWeAreCentralPA.com, By Jim Madalinsky – April 22, 2013

New Holland Benefit Ride Boosts Community CausesMy Elanco News (A Partner with Lancaster Online), By Kirk Neidermyer – April 19, 2013

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 26, 2013 – Webinar – 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

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

May 3, 2013 – Albuquerque, 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

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

Silent Stars Foundation – 4th Annual Strike Out Silence Bowl-A-Thon – Chicago Area

May 11, 2013 Finn’s Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

Braylen’s 1st Annual Mobile, AL Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

NW Arkansas Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

May 14, 2013 – First Apraxia Awareness Day

May 19, 2013 – 4th Annual Connecticut Walk-A-Thon for Children with Apraxia of Speech

May 22, 2013 – Tampa, FL Apraxia 101: A Parent Seminar on Childhood Apraxia of Speech

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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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Apraxia-KIDS News – April 18, 2013

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

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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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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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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