Apraxia Kids National Conference Speaker Application Information

Apraxia Kids is seeking submissions for presentations for our 2021 National Conference, on July 8-10, 2021, that address a full range of issues.  Presentations should ideally include “how to” and “hands on” strategies with evidence-based support.  Apraxia Kids encourages collaboration between speakers in the development of presentations (i.e. co-presenters or small panels [2-4 people]).  New for this conference, we are inviting students and researchers to submit proposals for posters presenting results of current research projects.  Please carefully consider what type of session might work best for your proposal.

Because of the uncertainty of the long term effects of COVID 19, the 2021 Apraxia Kids National Conference is being planned as a hybrid event.  Attendees and presenters will be able to choose if they would like to attend in person in Plano, Texas, or attend virtually.  For this reason, we are asking presenters to acknowledge that the conference will be available virtually and that sessions may be live-streamed and/or may be recorded.  In the event that travel is restricted or large group gatherings are prohibited, the conference will be transitioned from a hybrid event to an exclusively virtual event.


Key Presenter Dates:

Presentation Submissions Due:  January 6, 2021
Acceptance Notification:  February 26, 2021
Presentations Due for review:  June 1, 2021
Handouts Due:  June 22, 2021


Topics of Interest Include:

Evidence-Based Topics: Research findings; sorting out the evidence; treatment methods; controversial approaches.

Advanced topics: Challenging diagnostic/treatment cases; contrasting speech therapy methods; therapy strategies for vowel and prosody modification; research updates.

Therapy: Evaluating progress; novel speech therapy approaches; case studies; residual speech issues; therapy for different ages/severity; therapy for children with co-morbid issues; home practice, telepractice.

Diagnostics:  Evidence bases for making differential diagnosis; case studies; testing minimally verbal children; assessment for older/mild cases.

Interpersonal/Social/Emotional Issues: Social skill challenges; friendship building, dealing with classmates, difficult behaviors.

Education: Developing goals and IEPs; advocacy, legal issues and special education; school placement options.

Academic Issues: Literacy issues; assistive technology; executive function; language processing deficits; retention.

Other topics: Co-occurring autism or other complex diagnoses; sensory issues; global apraxia; genetics; early intervention.

Additional Info:

  • Topics not on the list will also be considered.
  • ASHA CEUs will be offered for this conference.
  • Formats for sessions will be either a stand up lecture with up to 3 total presenters or a panel discussion which has more than 3 presenters and/or contains audience discussions such as looking at case studies or problem solving around an issue.
  • In addition, we are inviting students and researchers to submit proposals for posters presenting results of current research projects.  As a poster presenter, you will have a time built into the schedule to interact with attendees about your work.  The poster presenters will choose if they would like to present their work virtually or by bringing a poster physically to display at the conference.


Speaker Selection:

The Conference Committee will review, evaluate, and select proposals using the following criteria:

  • Alignment with, and demonstration of, current evidence-based practice.
  • Originality and relevance of topic.
  • Overall quality of proposal content, delivery method, and proposed format.
  • Alignment of learning objectives with presentation overview.
  • Qualifications, expertise, and experience level of presenter(s).
  • Practical application of education, skills, and resources.


By submitting for the 2021 Apraxia Kids National Conference, I explicitly agree to the following:

  1. Principle presenter correspondence and responsibility
    • The individual submitting this proposal and signing this form agrees to receive all conference correspondence and accepts responsibility for conveying conference-related information to co-presenters. Only two co-presenters, along with one primary speaker, shall be listed for any one session. Any more than three presenters for a session will be indicated as a “panel”.
    • I understand that all speakers must register themselves for the conference and that it is recommended to wait to register to see if my presentation is selected.
  2. Ethical Guidelines
    • The individuals submitting or included within this proposal affirm that they have followed ethical guidelines in regards to:
      • Appropriate “Releases of Confidential Information” were obtained for all client materials that will be used or recorded as part of this presentation. The responsibility for protecting client confidentiality rests with the presenter(s).
      • Appropriate research procedures concerning protection of human subjects and confidentiality were utilized in any research-based presentations.
      • Written permission from copyright holders for the use of any previously published material in your presentation or handouts was obtained.
      • Appropriate evidence to support any claims related to efficacy, validity, or reliability of assessment or treatment approaches will be provided.
  3. Disclosure Requirements
    • Individuals submitting or included within this proposal will disclose to Apraxia Kids any financial or non-financial relationship that creates a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest, as defined in ASHA’s guidelines concerning transparency and disclosure by answering the disclosure question on Part 1 and submitting it. Furthermore, individuals submitting this proposal:
      • will inform Apraxia Kids if a disclosable interest related to the content of this presentation develops or is acquired at any time before Conference.
      • will disclose relevant financial and nonfinancial relationships on site in formats specified by Apraxia Kids (on presentation materials such as slides, handouts…).
      • will, when discussing a specific product or service, offer information on its theoretical framework, relevant evidence, and operational details; give a balanced view and be free from bias; disclose in advance if your presentation will not address the range of competing products or services; and refrain from overt selling.
      • will contact us about vendor opportunities if interested in selling products at the conference.
  4. Respect Requirements
    • Individuals submitting or included within this proposal will refrain from overt statements or pointed humor that disparages the rightful dignity and social equity of any person or group.
  5. Apraxia Kids Photography, Data Collection and Survey Discretion
    • Individuals submitting or included within this proposal give permission to Apraxia Kids to take photographs and to publish them at Apraxia Kids sole discretion in any format.
    • Individuals submitting or included within this proposal agree that prior approval will be obtained from Apraxia Kids to distribute surveys or collect data at the convention.
  6. Disclaimer
    • Approval of presentation does not imply Apraxia Kids endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.


A principle speaker for each presentation should fill out Part 1 only one time AND Part 2 once for each separate presentation submission.  All principle presenters and co-presenters need to fill out part 1 only one time no matter how many submissions they are listed on.


If you have any questions about the application process, please email nationalconference@apraxia-kids.org.


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