CONGRATULATIONS ALAYNA TOWNSEND, PhD, CCC-SLP!

Congratulations to Alayna Townsend, PhD, CCC-SLP, for graduating from the Apraxia Kids Intensive Training Institute (Apraxia Boot Camp)!

Alayna E. Townsend, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a clinical educator and lecturer at the University of Houston. She taught courses in multicultural issues in CSD, phonetics, and a seminar in CAS. She serves as the coordinator of the Language Learning Group (LLG) preschool language program at the University Speech Language Hearing Clinic. Her clinical practice has focused on diagnostics and intervention for very young children with ASD, CAS, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She has experience working in the schools, home health, and university clinical settings. Dr. Townsend earned her master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati and her doctoral degree at Howard University. She completed her postdoctoral clinical fellowship in the early diagnosis of ASD at UT Physicians Center for Autism and Related Conditions.

 

Alayna is a Clinical Educator and Lecturer in Houston, Texas.

 

Apraxia Kids: What are the top 3 things you learned from this training experience?
Alayna: 1) Evidence-Based Interventions for Children with CAS; 2) Methods and Procedures for Diagnosis of CAS; 3) Ways of discriminating between CAS and other SSDs; and 4) Incorporating Principles of Motor Learning into Intervention.

 

Apraxia Kids: How did the boot camp experience change or expand your network of colleagues/friends?
Alayna: By attending Apraxia Kids Boot Camp, I had the opportunity to learn and collaborate with fellow speech-language pathologists across the US and Canada. The Apraxia Kids Boot Camp provided quality content while incorporating opportunities to practice through the course of the Boot Camp. I felt I was in a safe environment to ask questions, gain resources, and learn through various modalities.

 

Apraxia Kids: How have you implemented the knowledge you gained at boot camp?
Alayna: I have used my knowledge of CAS to guide the graduate students I supervise through the evaluation process and intervention.

 

Apraxia Kids: What is an example of how you have been able to (or plan to) use your expertise as a local resource/support for other professionals and/or families since attending the intensive training?
Alayna: I will present on the Assessment and Intervention of CAS at the S.I.S.T.A.S. Houston Chapter Meeting this May, 2022. This is serendipitous, as May is Apraxia Awareness Month! SISTAS is a nationwide community of minority speech language pathologists and audiologist.

 

Apraxia Kids: What would you say to someone considering applying to boot camp next round?
Alayna: Don’t think – just do it! You will learn a wealth of information from experts that practice in the field!

Congratulations to Alayna Townsend, PhD, CCC-SLP, for graduating from the Apraxia Kids Intensive Training Institute (Apraxia Boot Camp)!

Alayna E. Townsend, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a clinical educator and lecturer at the University of Houston. She taught courses in multicultural issues in CSD, phonetics, and a seminar in CAS. She serves as the coordinator of the Language Learning Group (LLG) preschool language program at the University Speech Language Hearing Clinic. Her clinical practice has focused on diagnostics and intervention for very young children with ASD, CAS, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She has experience working in the schools, home health, and university clinical settings. Dr. Townsend earned her master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati and her doctoral degree at Howard University. She completed her postdoctoral clinical fellowship in the early diagnosis of ASD at UT Physicians Center for Autism and Related Conditions.

 

Alayna is a Clinical Educator and Lecturer in Houston, Texas.

 

Apraxia Kids: What are the top 3 things you learned from this training experience?
Alayna: 1) Evidence-Based Interventions for Children with CAS; 2) Methods and Procedures for Diagnosis of CAS; 3) Ways of discriminating between CAS and other SSDs; and 4) Incorporating Principles of Motor Learning into Intervention.

 

Apraxia Kids: How did the boot camp experience change or expand your network of colleagues/friends?
Alayna: By attending Apraxia Kids Boot Camp, I had the opportunity to learn and collaborate with fellow speech-language pathologists across the US and Canada. The Apraxia Kids Boot Camp provided quality content while incorporating opportunities to practice through the course of the Boot Camp. I felt I was in a safe environment to ask questions, gain resources, and learn through various modalities.

 

Apraxia Kids: How have you implemented the knowledge you gained at boot camp?
Alayna: I have used my knowledge of CAS to guide the graduate students I supervise through the evaluation process and intervention.

 

Apraxia Kids: What is an example of how you have been able to (or plan to) use your expertise as a local resource/support for other professionals and/or families since attending the intensive training?
Alayna: I will present on the Assessment and Intervention of CAS at the S.I.S.T.A.S. Houston Chapter Meeting this May, 2022. This is serendipitous, as May is Apraxia Awareness Month! SISTAS is a nationwide community of minority speech language pathologists and audiologist.

 

Apraxia Kids: What would you say to someone considering applying to boot camp next round?
Alayna: Don’t think – just do it! You will learn a wealth of information from experts that practice in the field!



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