Upcoming Webinar – Demystifying the Principles of Motor Learning in Speech Therapy for Apraxia

A CASANA Live Webinar:

Demystifying Principles of Motor Learning in Speech Therapy for Apraxia

Presented by Apraxia expert Edwin Maas, Ph.D.

(ASHA CEUs are available for this educational event)

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Have you ever wondered what the term “principles of motor learning” really means and what it has to do with the way you conduct a treatment session? Research on motor learning has shown that certain conditions of practice and feedback improve the retention and transfer of a wide variety of motor skills.

This body of literature may hold relevance to speech motor learning, including in childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), because speech is also a motor skill.

This 90 minute webinar will review several of these principles of motor learning and will focus specifically on their potential to maximize learning in speech treatment for childhood apraxia of speech.

Webinar Dates and Times:

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM  US/EDT – Click here to learn more.

Friday, September 13 at 12:00 Noon US/EDT – Click here to learn more.

REGISTRATION CLOSES AT THE END OF MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013

 

Upcoming Webinar: Creating IEP Goals for Children with Apraxia and Other Communication Needs

A CASANA Live Webinar:

Creating IEP Goals for Children with Apraxia and Other Communication Needs

Presented by Apraxia expert Susan Caspari, MA, CCC-SLP

(ASHA CEUs are available for this educational event)

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IEP goals are written in order to address a child’s individual needs.  Most children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) will have needs in more than one communication area.  A child with CAS, who clearly has speech production needs, may also struggle with social pragmatics, have difficulty with expressive language, have atypical variations in the melody of their speech, and may need to supplement their verbal speech attempts with an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) system.  What is the difference between these communication need areas, and does the child with CAS need a goal for each one?

This 90-minute webinar will focus on how goals can be written for different communication need areas.  Resources will be provided describing methods for effective IEP goal writing.  And cases will be reviewed demonstrating children with different communication profiles including examples of the goals written based on their specific need areas.

Webinar Dates and Times:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 12 Noon US/EDT – Click here to learn more.

Thursday, September 19 at 4:30 PM US/EDT – Click here to learn more.

REGISTRATION CLOSES AT THE END OF FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 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.