Congratulations Karen Ruehle-Kumar, M.A., CCC-SLP!

Congratulations to Karen Ruehle-Kumar, M.A., CCC-SLP, for graduating from the Apraxia Kids Intensive Training Institute (Apraxia Boot Camp)!

Karen is a speech-language pathologist and clinical director working in a private practice in the East Valley area of Phoenix.  Her experiences in the field of motor speech disorders began while working with adults and children with neurologically based speech disorders in a medical setting Houston, Texas.  Over the years, her practice became focused on treatment communication disorders in the pediatric population and more specifically with childhood apraxia of speech.  Karen has received extensive training in evaluation and treatment of childhood apraxia of speech and childhood fluency disorder.  She completed PROMPT Level 2 training as well as advanced training in fluency disorders through the Stuttering Foundation of America. Karen completed all requirements of the Apraxia Kids Intensive Training Institute and is proud to be “Recognized by Apraxia Kids for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech.”  Karen holds her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in Education from Baylor University.

 

Apraxia Kids: If you were to state the #1 thing you learned from this training experience, what would that be?

Karen: The experience solidified my understanding of CAS as a movement disorder which is the basis for which I plan evaluation and treatment and in communicating with parents and caregivers.

Apraxia Kids: Tell us about any relationships that you formed through the training experience.

Karen: It was a privilege to attend boot camp with such a gifted group of clinicians who are now part of a network of CAS specialists.  I know that we can rely on one another for support.

Apraxia Kids: Have you served as a local resource/information source for other professionals and families since attending the intensive training? If so, please share an example of how you used your expertise.

Karen: After Boot Camp, I presented a workshop on assessment of motor speech skills to my colleagues in our private practice.  In addition, I developed a guide for assessment based on information learned at Boot Camp.  As a result, our director has implemented changes in the way clinicians are evaluating motor speech skills in children.  I have been able to answer questions and provide help to families seeking information about CAS.  I have volunteered again to work on the local Walk for Apraxia in Phoenix.

Apraxia Kids: What would you say to someone considering applying to boot camp next year?

Karen: Don’t hesitate–go for it!  Boot camp is a unique and valuable learning experience that made a significant and positive impact on my clinical practice.  It sharpened my critical thinking and problem solving skills and deepened my knowledge about CAS.  I would highly recommend it to any SLP.

Congratulations to Karen Ruehle-Kumar, M.A., CCC-SLP, for graduating from the Apraxia Kids Intensive Training Institute (Apraxia Boot Camp)!

Karen is a speech-language pathologist and clinical director working in a private practice in the East Valley area of Phoenix.  Her experiences in the field of motor speech disorders began while working with adults and children with neurologically based speech disorders in a medical setting Houston, Texas.  Over the years, her practice became focused on treatment communication disorders in the pediatric population and more specifically with childhood apraxia of speech.  Karen has received extensive training in evaluation and treatment of childhood apraxia of speech and childhood fluency disorder.  She completed PROMPT Level 2 training as well as advanced training in fluency disorders through the Stuttering Foundation of America. Karen completed all requirements of the Apraxia Kids Intensive Training Institute and is proud to be “Recognized by Apraxia Kids for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech.”  Karen holds her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in Education from Baylor University.

 

Apraxia Kids: If you were to state the #1 thing you learned from this training experience, what would that be?

Karen: The experience solidified my understanding of CAS as a movement disorder which is the basis for which I plan evaluation and treatment and in communicating with parents and caregivers.

Apraxia Kids: Tell us about any relationships that you formed through the training experience.

Karen: It was a privilege to attend boot camp with such a gifted group of clinicians who are now part of a network of CAS specialists.  I know that we can rely on one another for support.

Apraxia Kids: Have you served as a local resource/information source for other professionals and families since attending the intensive training? If so, please share an example of how you used your expertise.

Karen: After Boot Camp, I presented a workshop on assessment of motor speech skills to my colleagues in our private practice.  In addition, I developed a guide for assessment based on information learned at Boot Camp.  As a result, our director has implemented changes in the way clinicians are evaluating motor speech skills in children.  I have been able to answer questions and provide help to families seeking information about CAS.  I have volunteered again to work on the local Walk for Apraxia in Phoenix.

Apraxia Kids: What would you say to someone considering applying to boot camp next year?

Karen: Don’t hesitate–go for it!  Boot camp is a unique and valuable learning experience that made a significant and positive impact on my clinical practice.  It sharpened my critical thinking and problem solving skills and deepened my knowledge about CAS.  I would highly recommend it to any SLP.



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