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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Apraxia-KIDS News – April 4, 2013

 

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

New Camp in Spokane, WA – Two Week Intensive Speech and Literacy Camp for Kids
Washington State University and Eastern Washington University Speech and Hearing Clinic introduces CAMP CANDOO, a summer intensive therapy camp for children with apraxia ages 5 to 8 years old.  The nine-day camp includes one day of pre-treatment assessment, eight-days of extensive individual therapy (two 30-minute sessions daily), large and small group sessions, and three parent education sessions.  Download the flyer and application here:   Apraxia-KIDS Facebook Group – April 2, 2013

New Genetic Evidence Suggests a Continuum Among Neurodevelopmental and Psychiatric Disorders
Researchers advocate for term “developmental brain dysfunction” instead of categorical diagnoses.  “A paper published this month in the  prestigious medical journal The Lancet Neurology suggests that a broad spectrum of developmental and psychiatric disorders, ranging from autism and intellectual disability to schizophrenia, should be conceptualized as different manifestations of a common underlying denomoinator, “developmental brain dysfunction,” rather than completely independent conditions with distinct causes.” Newswise – April 2, 2013, Geisinger Health System

Schmahmann Lab Attends the National Ataxia Foundation Conference – MINDlink Foundation – Published March 21, 2013

Children with Sleep Apnea Have Higher Risk of Behavioral, Adaptive and Learning Problems – American Academy of Sleep Medicine – March 29, 2013

Motor and Speech Disorders in Classic Galactosemia – PubMed.gov/ US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health – Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Washington State University Spokane – April 2, 2013, By Potter NL, Nievergelt Y, Shriberg LD

Epilepsy Runs in Families – Science Alert – April 3, 2013, University of South Australia

Present Levels: The Foundation of the IEP – Wrightslaw – Originally Published on Pat Howey’s Blog, Revised March 27, 2013, By Pat Howey, Advocate

An Open Letter to the Parent of a Child with Speech Delays – Uncommon Sense Blog – April 1, 2013, By Nieder Family

                          

 

CASANA Announces Apraxia Awareness Day
Join CASANA for the very first official Apraxia Awareness Day on May 14, 2013 which will be recognized as such by the United States Congress.  Every child deserves a voice, so let’s make our actions and voices heard for every child with apraxia.  Visit our ApraxiaKIDS Facebook pages to join the event and help us spread the word for Apraxia Awareness Day.  More details to come soon!  Apraxia-KIDS Facebook – Published April 3, 2013

Coastal Sunbelt Names CASANA as Recipient of Donations for Jeans Charity Program
A big thanks to Coastal Sunbelt for making CASANA the recipient of their donation in the Jeans for Charity program.  We appreciate their support! Coastal Sunbelt Produce – Facebook   

Stockton College Speech and Hearing Club Students Organize Walk to Raise Awareness for Children with Apraxia of Speech –  PressDoc – CASANA PressRoom, April 2, 2013

Miss Richmond County 2013 Organizes Walk to Raise Awareness for Children with Apraxia of Speech – PressDoc – CASANA PressRoom, April 3, 2013 

CASANA Issues 2013 Request for Applications for Apraxia Research Projects – Apraxia-KIDS.org – Published March 28, 2013

Scholarship Applications Now Available for 2013 National Conference on CAS – Apraxia-KIDS.org, March 25, 2013

UPCOMING EVENTS

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 23 or 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

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Register for the 2013 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech in Denver! 

CASANA will be holding it’s annual summer national conference in Denver, CO on July 11 – July 13, 2013!  The conference is open to parents and caregivers, speech-language pathologists, and other professionals. ASHA CEU’s will be offered. Download the official conference brochure today and REGISTER!

 

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Apraxia-KIDS News – March 28, 2013

 

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

Helping Kids With Learning Disabilities Understand the Language of Friendship
Kids with learning disabilities sometimes struggle in social situations.  While they may know how to initiate friendships, many of their relationships fail because they don’t know how to sustain them. Children with learning disabilities often end friendships because they have been unable to work out conflicts. This article offers advice on helping your child avoid misunderstandings and conflicts.  Great Schools – By Janet Giler, Ph.D., M.F.T.

Families of Children with Disabilities Face a New Challenge – Medicaid Cutbacks
Recent changes to state Medicaid are leading to cutbacks that are hurting families who have children with disabilities. For many, the cuts couldn’t come at worse time.  Some families are even facing giving up their children because they can no longer support them. Colorado Springs Independent – March 27, 2013, By J. Adrian Stanley

Study Reveals role of SNX27 Protein in Brain Function – News Medical – Published March 25, 2013

DIBELS: Myths and Facts – Dibels – By Ruth Kaminski and Kelli D. Cummings, Dynamic Measuring Group

The Power of Movement in Teaching and Learning – Education Week – Teacher – March 20, 2013, By Susan Griss

Yogurt for Tess:  Saying Goodbye to a Sidewalk Speech Teacher – The Free Press – March 28, 2013, By Tanner Kent

Special Needs Parenting: Balancing Work and Your Child – Today’s Parent – Originally Published on January 15, 2013, By Amy Baskin

 

  

CASANA Issues 2013 Request for Applications  for Apraxia Research Projects
CASANA is now accepting 2013 “Request for Applications” to support relevant research on CAS. CASANA’s CAS Research Grant program is critically important as it is the only dedicated funding available for CAS research.  Funding will be expanded this year because of the great success of last year’s Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech events.   Apraxia-KIDS.org – Published March 28, 2013

What is Apraxia?
A blog post from, The Path Less Taken, written by a mother of a child with apraxia of speech who is participating in the 2013 Arizona Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech.  www.jennifermcgrail.com – Published March 12, 2013, By Jennifer McGrail 

Scholarship Applications Now Available for 2013 National Conference
A limited number of PARTIAL/ FULL scholarships are available for CASANA’s 2013 National Conference on CAS on July 11 – July 13, 2013 in Denver, CO.  Conference Scholarships are intended for those who would be unable to attend the conference without financial assistance. Apraxia-KIDS.org – Published March 25, 2013

Early-Bird Registration Ends Friday, March 29 for St. Paul, MN Apraxia Workshop
CASANA will be holding an educational apraxia workshop in St. Paul, MN on Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Assessment, Treatment, and Early Literacy Skills. This will be presented by Amy Skinder-Meredith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. To qualify for Early-Bird Registration, registration form and fee must be postmarked no later than March 29, 2013.  Register online here:  Apraxia-KIDS.org – CASANA Events – St. Paul, MN Apraxia Workshop  

A Great Cause – Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists – Published March 13, 2013 – By Sharon Gretz, M.Ed.

CASANA Launches New Apraxia-KIDS Website – Apraxia-KIDS.org, March 2013

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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 23 or 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

Click here to view more educational and awareness events

 

Register for a 2013 Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech in Your Area:

2013 Apraxia Walk Locations

The Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech helps to raise awareness about apraxia and how it affects children and funding for important apraxia programs and research.  If there is not a Walk near you, consider organizing one in your area or registering for a Virtual Walk!

 

 

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Request for Research Applications

HiResWe have issued our 2013 “Request for Applications” in order for researchers to apply for CASANA Apraxia research grants.   CASANA believes that our CAS Research Grant program is critically important as it is the only dedicated funding available for CAS research.  Funding will be expanded this year because of the great success of last year’s Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech.  CASANA’s research funding program continues to emphasize an interest in clinical research projects aimed at the diagnosis and treatment of children with CAS.   Additionally, CASANA is interested in early identification as well as approaches which include biophysical evidence alongside behavioral evidence.  Finally, CASANA has expanded the program to include consideration of applications from Ph.D. candidates who are investigating CAS for their dissertation.  In all instances and in all potential study areas, CASANA’s primary interest is in high quality scientific research that, upon completion, will be suitable and acceptable to peer-reviewed publications.  As indicated in the evaluation “weight” given to research approach in the grant evaluation categories (see review criteria in the application), CASANA is interested in, and will only select for funding, relevant research proposals which are methodologically sound and which include appropriate and necessary experimental control.

  • Grants will range from $25,000 – $50,000
  • Ph.D. students who will be doing CAS research for their dissertation may apply for up to $5,000

An expert external review committee will read, evaluate, and recommend grants for funding to CASANA.   All information, requirements, and instructions are provided in the application packet.

Download the 2013 “Request for Applications” Childhood Apraxia of Speech Research