National Conference

The Apraxia Kids National Conference is the only major conference on the speech, language, learning, and life needs of children with apraxia. The National Conference brings together parents, professionals, educators, and others who are seeking the most up-to-date and in-depth learning opportunities available.

Registration is open for the 2021 Apraxia Kids National Conference!

This year’s conference will be held entirely virtually.

You will see that there are a variety of live and recorded sessions from presenters across the globe covering a range of topics for both parents and professionals with no repeat sessions. However, because the conference is virtual, you will have the unique opportunity to view most sessions following the conference during the month of July. For our professionals, up to 1.90 (19 hours) ASHA CEUs will be available during the three-day conference, and up to an additional 7.10 (71 hours) ASHA CEUs for sessions viewed after the conference.

In addition to the full lineup of sessions kicking off Thursday afternoon after our inspiring keynote address from parent and medical professional, Jason McWhorter, you will find a few conference favorites such as Panel Discussions (formally Lunch and Learns), Topic Rooms (formally Lunch Topic Tables), and the SLP-Is-In Booth. New this year will be scheduled speaker Q&As in the evenings and sessions highlighting research posters. Additional details will be shared as we continue to finalize the schedule so we encourage you to follow our Facebook Event.

There is no need to pick your sessions now! In late June/early July, we will be sharing details on accessing the virtual conference with instructions on how to select and view your sessions, download handouts, participate in Q&A’s, select a time for the SLP-Is-In Booth and much more. By using this virtual platform, sessions will not be limited to a certain number of attendees. AND as we said above, if you miss any sessions during the 3-day conference, ALL attendees will have access to a majority of the sessions as recordings for a limited time afterwards.

Conference Schedule

This year’s National Conference has a variety of live and pre-recorded sessions from presenters across the globe, covering a range of topics for both parents and professionals. Because the conference is virtual this year, attendees will have the unique opportunity to view most sessions following the conference during the entire month of July.

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National Conference FAQ

Click the button below to read answers to frequently asked questions about the National Conference including information about registration, session recordings, continuing education credits, and much more!

National Conference FAQ

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This year’s conference will be held entirely virtually.

Speakers from across the world will be on hand sharing their knowledge of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). Some of the topics include: Updates on Evidence Based Assessment Procedures, Tele-therapy, Literacy, Social Competency, Advocacy, AAC, Socio-emotional Well-being of Children and Families, and many more! 

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Speaker Bios

Read the bios of the 55 speakers presenting at the 2021 National Conference.

Speaker Bios


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Research Symposium – POSTPONED to 2022

Apraxia Kids is dedicated to advancing innovation through research and education. After careful consideration, we have decided to postpone the Research Symposium until July 5-7, 2022 in Las Vegas prior to the National Conference. One of the main goals of the Research Symposium is to bring people together to share research outcomes, plan collaborations, and discuss current research needs. An in-person event is critical to meeting this goal.

2022 marks the 20th anniversary of our first Research Symposium and what better way to celebrate than by bringing our national and international research community together in person. Comprised of 16 hours of research presentations, discussions, and brainstorming for the future, this event is certain to be invaluable to our apraxia community.

This event is co-chaired by Dr. Jonathan Preston and Dr. Tricia McCabe.


The Apraxia Kids National Conference is a unique educational opportunity on childhood apraxia of speech, and an unforgettable experience for all families and professionals who attend. Even though many attendees who attend describe this experience as “life-changing,” we know that not all families and students who would benefit from this education have the means to attend the National Conference. With this in mind, Apraxia Kids will be offering a limited number of financial scholarships to aid families and SLP students who may not otherwise be able to attend the conference. We regret that we will be unable to assist all of those who apply for scholarships and that we are unable to provide total funding.

Individuals may apply for a scholarship if they are:

  • A parent or guardian of a child diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech
  • An SLP student studying and researching childhood apraxia of speech and/or communication disorders

The application period for scholarships to the Apraxia Kids National Conference is now closed.

The 2021 Apraxia Kids National Conference is being held virtually.

The 2022 Apraxia Kids National Conference is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada!


What have past participants said about their experience attending a National Conference?

The annual Apraxia Kids National Conference is the only major conference on the speech, language, learning, and life needs of children with childhood apraxia of speech, bringing together parents and professionals from across the world.  Your support allows us to offer conference scholarships each year for parents to attend this powerful event.

Call for Research Posters

To continue our commitment to provide updated information to families and professionals, Apraxia Kids is inviting our research community to submit proposals for posters presenting results of current research projects. There will be a scheduled time during the conference for poster presenters 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. We look forward to hearing from investigators at all levels (students and professionals):

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Make the most out of your conference experience by ensuring that you sign up for sessions that match your level of learning!

Year after year, we see that participants who access sample schedules to help guide their decision making when choosing sessions have an easier time registering and have the most overall satisfaction with what they learn.

Download a Sample Schedule From a Previous Conference


Frequently asked questions about the Apraxia Kids National Conference

Conference FAQ


Three pre-conference sessions exclusively for speech-language pathologists are available for an additional fee.

What can school-based SLPs expect from this experience?

  • Enhance your skills for differential diagnosis
  • Meet the challenge of mixed childhood apraxia of speech and other co-occurring conditions
  • Manage caseloads for providing optimal services to children with CAS
  • Balance group vs. individual therapy demands
  • Learn therapy strategies applicable to students with apraxia and/or other speech-sound disorders
  • Enhance your home carryover techniques
  • Share challenges, strategies, and successes with other school-based SLPs

Call for Papers

The call for submissions for speaking at the 2021 Conference is now closed. Authors of submissions will be notified of their status before the end of February. If you have any questions, please look at our FAQ on this page. Other questions can be sent to

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