Apraxia-KIDS News – March 14, 2013

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

New Voices for the Voiceless:  Synthetic Speech Gets an Upgrade
If you don’t have a voice, who speaks for you?  Rupal Patel, a speech scientist at Northeastern University, estimates that between 50 and 60 percent of the people who use synthetic voices use the same one — the Perfect Paul voice.  Patel came to the conlcusion that people needed new options and now thanks to research, there are new personalized voices for AAC users.  “Every Child Deserves a Voice” NPR – Health News

Spotting Sleep Problems in Children with Special Needs
About 30 percent of children have a sleep disorder, but the rate is even higher in children with special needs, an expert says. “While a good night’s sleep is important for all children, it is especially critical for children with special needs. Parents can make small changes at home to help their child get a better night’s sleep and improve their performance in daytime activities, therapies and social interactions.” Healthfinder.gov – Health Day News

Understanding How We Speak
A new study revealed the patterns of brain activity that produce human speech. The findings may one day lead to new approaches for treating speech disorders. NIH – National Institutes of Health – NIH Research Matters

Narrative Skills for People with AAC NeedsPrAACtical AAC, Supports for Language Learning – Published March 2, 2013, By Carole Zangari

 


Registration Opens for 2013 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Join CASANA Thursday, July 11 – Saturday, July 13, 2013 for our 2013 National Conference on CAS at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center in Denver, CO.  Some of this year’s session topics include: 2013 Research Symposium Review, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Advanced Treatment Strategies, Apps for Apraxia, Designing Treatment Plans, Dynamic Assessment, Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing, Genetics, Independent Education Evaluation Safeguards, Literacy, Phonological Awareness, Retention and Generalization, Social Skills, Social Thinking, Treatment Methods, Question and Answer Series for all levels of learning, and much more! Download our official brochure and register today! Apraxia-KIDS.org – Published March 13, 2013

A Great Cause
The charitable organization CASANA focuses on helping children with apraxia of speech.  In the past decade or so, CASANA has made great strides and yet so much more needs to be done. Read more from CASANA’s Executive Director and Founder here:  Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists – Published March 13, 2013 – By Sharon Gretz, M.Ed.

New Apraxia-KIDS Website
The Apraxia-KIDS.org website has been redesigned to better provide our critical and expansive information on Childhood Apraxia of Speech – the largest collection in the world.  Exciting new features include a fresh and dynamic web design with optimized graphics, user-friendly navigation, accessibility, and clean page layouts with simple page elements for areas such as our Library, Events Calendar, and Apraxia-KIDS Store. This was made possible by funds raised in the Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech events.  Click here to view the new website!

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 4, 2013 – Staten Island, NY Apraxia 101: A Parent Seminar on Childhood Apraxia of Speech – presented by Sharon Gretz, M.Ed., CASANA Executive Director and Founder

April 12, 2013 – St. Paul, MN Apraxia Workshop – Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Assessment, Treatment, and Early Literacy Skills – presented by Amy Skinder-Meredith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CASANA Professional Advisory Board Member and CASANA National Conference Presenter

April 13, 2013 – 4th Annual South Jersey Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to view more educational and awareness events

Featured Apraxia-KIDS Product:

Apraxia Safety Tat

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Registration Opens for 2013 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech

REGISTRATION IS OFFICIALLY OPEN!

JOIN US FOR OUR 2013 NATIONAL CONFERENCE
ON CHILDHOOD APRAXIA OF SPEECH!

Thursday, July 11 – Saturday, July 13, 2013

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
7800 East Tufts Avenue, Denver CO 80237

CASANA welcomes families of children diagnosed with apraxia and all of those who care about a child with apraxia or suspected apraxia.  Speech-language pathologists who are members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) will be eligible for ASHA Continuing Education Credits.  Others are also encouraged to attend including preschool, general, and special education administrators and teachers,  school psychologists, paraprofessionals, higher education students and faculty, and professional development staff! 

Important Links and Information:

To view more conference information and details, please click HERE!

SESSION TOPICS INCLUDE:  2013 Symposium Review, AAC, Advanced Treatment Strategies, Apps for Apraxia, Designing Treatment Plans, Dynamic Assessment, Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing, Genetics, Independent Educational Evaluation Safeguards, Literacy, Phonological Awareness, Retention and Generalization, Social Skills, Social Thinking, Treatment Methods, Question and Answer Series for All Levels of Learning, and much more!

FEATURED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:   Lynn Carahaly, MA, CCC-SLP; Susan Caspari, MA, CCC-SLP; Margaret Fish, MS, CCC-SLP; David Hammer, MA, CCC-SLP; Kathy Jakielski, PhD, CCC-SLP; Nancy Kaufman, MA, CCC-SLP; Tricia McCabe, PhD, CCC-SLP; Amy Skinder-Meredith, PhD, CCC-SLP;  Beate Peter, PhD, CCC-SLP; Ruth Stoeckel, PhD, CCC-SLP, and many more speakers!

FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE!

Apraxia-KIDS News – March 7, 2013

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

March 7, 2013

Kinematic Changes in Jaw and Lip Control of Children with Cerebral Palsy Following Participation in a Motor-Speech (PROMPT) Intervention
A study using PROMPT Speech Therapy, a motor-speech intervention program, shows significant changes in specific movement characteristics of the jaw and lips, and positive changes to speech intelligibility in children with moderate-to-severe speech impairment associated with cerebral palsy. Informa Healthcare – Speech Language Pathology Journal

BPA May Affect the Developing Brain by Disrupting Gene Regulation
Recent research finds the impact of BPA in gene regulation and neurodevelopmental growth in infants. “These findings raise the question of whether BPA could contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders such as Rett syndrome, a severe autism spectrum disorder that is only found in girls and is characterized by mutations in the gene that produces MECP2.” DukeHealth.org – Duke Medicine News and Communications

Speech Disorder Challenging for Family
Four-year-old Tristan Tuokko of British Columbia is in the news for an iPad he received last year from CASANA and Silent Stars iPads for Apraxia Project. Since receiving the iPad, Tristan’s family has noticed an improvement in his communication skills and are giving back by organizing a Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech event in the community. Nanaimo News Bulletin

Should The R-Word Be Taboo? HuffPost Live

First Grade Math Skills Set Foundation for Later Math Ability NIH News National Institute of Child Health and Human Development – Published February 27, 2013

Songbirds’ Brains Coordinate Singing with Intricate Timing, Study Shows UChicagoNews – Published February 27, 2013, By William Harms

Researchers Find a Biological Marker For Dyslexia In Kids Time Magazine – Health & Family – Published February 20, 2013, By Alexandra Sifferlin

Families of Children with Apraxia of Speech to Receive iPads and Educational Scholarships
CASANA has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to support the iPads for Apraxia project, a program that provides children with apraxia iPads and protective cases, and scholarships to CASANA’s National Conference, an exclusive, three-day educational event for parents, researchers, and speech pathologists to learn about all aspects of childhood apraxia of speech. Apraxia-KIDS.org – Published March 4, 2013

CASANA Sponsors 2013 Childhood Apraxia of Speech Research Symposium in Atlanta
On February 21-22, 2013 CASANA was honored to sponsor the 2013 Childhood Apraxia of Speech Research Symposium at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta, GA. International CAS researchers, CASANA’s Board of Directors, Professional Advisory Board, and staff gathered to discuss the current state of the art in CAS research with emphasis on what the research may mean to identification, diagnosis and treatment for children with CAS. Apraxia-KIDS.org – Published March 7, 2013

New Apraxia-KIDS Website Revealed
The Apraxia-KIDS.org website has been redesigned to better provide our critical and expansive information on Childhood Apraxia of Speech – the largest collection in the world. Exciting new features include a fresh and dynamic web design with optimized graphics, user-friendly navigation, accessibility, clean page layouts with simple page elements for areas such as our Library, Events Calendar, and Apraxia-KIDS Store. This was made possible by funds raised in the Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech events. Click here to view the new website!

A Motor Speech Assessment for Children with Severe Speech Disorders: Reliability and Validity Evidence Apraxia-KIDS.org – Annotation of the Published Article

The Critical Encounter: Facilitating Positive Parent Adaptation to CAS Apraxia-KIDS.org – Published February 2013, By Colleen Miron, Ph.D.

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 15, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA Apraxia Workshop – Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Intervention for Related Issues – presented by Ruth Stoeckel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. As part of the workshop, there will be a child with apraxia present for a live demonstration.

April 4, 2013 – Staten Island, NY Apraxia 101: A Parent Seminar on Childhood Apraxia of Speech – presented by Sharon Gretz, M.Ed., CASANA Executive Director and Founder

April 13, 2013 – 4th Annual South Jersey Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

Click here to view more educational and awareness events

Featured Apraxia-KIDS Product:
CASANA Giving Bands

CASANA | 416 Lincoln Ave, 2nd floor | Pittsburgh, PA 15209 | www.apraxia-KIDS.org

CASANA Sponsors 2013 Childhood Apraxia of Speech Research Symposium in Atlanta

On February 21-22, 2013 CASANA was honored to sponsor the 2013 Childhood Apraxia of Speech Research Symposium at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta, GA.  International CAS researchers, CASANA’s Board of Directors, Professional Advisory Board, and staff gathered to discuss the current state of the art in CAS research with emphasis on what the research may mean to identification, diagnosis and treatment for children with CAS.

Main speakers and panels in the areas of Current Trends, Genetics, Diagnostic Markers, Neuroimaging, and Neuro-cognitive Behavioral CAS Research.  During the course of the two days, researchers were able to network with one another, share ideas, and plan future collaborations on CAS research projects.

In the future, CASANA plans to provide an Executive Summary of the 2013 Research Symposium and to enable internet video viewing of the main section recordings so that other interested individuals worldwide will be able to benefit from the information shared.  CASANA’s Board of Directors will use the discussions to evaluate its Apraxia Research Grant program and its future direction.  The symposium was made possible by funds generated through the Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech.

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