CASANA Accepting Applications for 2014 Intensive Training Institute on Apraxia

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(PITTSBURGH, PA) OCTOBER 28, 2013 – The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) is accepting applications for its 2014 Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) Intensive Training Institute to be held July 30, 2014 – August 3, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at Duquesne University’s Department of Speech-Language Pathology.  This intensive training experience is intended to provide North American-based speech-language pathologists, who already have significant experience with CAS, an opportunity to become “master” clinicians who can serve as local/regional experts and potential mentors for other clinicians.

“We are so excited to be able to offer this intensive training experience again this year for qualified SLP’s who have significant experience in the field of Childhood Apraxia of Speech and are ready to take those the next steps. While the selection process is rigorous, graduates of this program have been able to serve as regional experts for families seeking local professionals to evaluate and treat their children with CAS and mentors for other clinicians interested in CAS,” says Kathy Hennessy, CASANA’s Director of Education.

The ideal candidate for the intensive training – often called “Apraxia Bootcamp” – has:

  • provided treatment to numerous children with this diagnosis,
  • feels reasonably successful with them,
  • routinely attends training to improve their skills with this population, and
  •  is committed to developing high level clinical thinking skills for use in diagnosis and treatment with children who have CAS

CASANA initiated the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Intensive Training Institute in 2011 as an effort to expand high-level, advanced clinical expertise throughout the United States and Canada for the population of children affected by CAS, a population that is noted for being complex to both diagnose and treat.  A highly competitive program, the Institute accepts only 20 candidates in the program.

Accepted applicants pay for room, board, travel, and materials, while CASANA provides over 30 hours of specialized, advanced training with three CAS Expert faculty members and ongoing professional mentoring.  Funding for the specialized training and mentoring is made possible by donors and supporters of the Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech® as well as in-kind support from the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Duquesne University.

Interested professionals should download the application and mail the completed application, postmarked no later than December 20, 2013, to CASANA.  For questions, contact Kathy Hennessy via email only at

Download the 2014 CAS Intensive Training Institute “Boot Camp” Application

Upcoming Webinar: Promoting Expressive Language Development in Children with Apraxia

A CASANA Live Webinar:

Promoting Expressive Language Development in Children with Apraxia

Presented by Apraxia expert Margaret Fish, M.S., CCC-SLP,
author of Here’s How To Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech 

(ASHA CEUs are available for this educational event)

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My student’s speech is highly unintelligible, but he also has a very limited vocabulary and only can speak in simple sentences! Where do I begin?

A commonly sited characteristic of children with apraxia of speech is limited or delayed expressive language. Limitations in expressive language impact a child’s ability to express their ideas clearly, and can lead to frustration for the child who has many ideas to share, but limited ability to do so.

Questions for many speech-language pathologists are, “How can I work on all of these goals in the limited amount of time the child is in therapy?” or “How do I determine what is having the greatest impact on the child’s ability to communicate effectively so that I can prioritize the goals most effectively?

In this webinar, principles for structuring language intervention to support vocabulary, longer and more complex sentence usage, and grammar skills in the context of speech praxis treatment in children with severe speech sound disorders will be discussed. Ideas for how speech-related goals and language-related goals can be addressed simultaneously and, therefore, more efficiently through thoughtful treatment planning will be provided. A central theme of this online seminar will be to find ways to make the treatment both effective and enjoyable for children. Case studies and development of treatment goals will be addressed.

Webinar Dates and Times

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (US/EST)

Thursday, November 21, 2013 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (US/EST)