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.

2021 Apraxia Kids National Conference Top 5 FAQs


Why are you offering a hybrid conference for 2021?

Answer:  Due to the ever-changing nature of travel and gathering rules and regulations, we recognize that not everyone will be comfortable with or be able to travel to the 2021 conference in person. We want to make sure the benefits of our Apraxia Kids National Conference is as accessible as possible in these current times. Apraxia Kids is continuing to monitor travel restrictions, gathering regulations, and other contributing factors to holding an in-person event. Should circumstances not allow for an in person event, Apraxia Kids will make the determination to hold the conference virtually.

What does a hybrid conference mean?

Answer:  The 2021 National Conference will have an in-person option for those who wish to attend the conference in Plano, Texas, and a virtual option for those who wish to stay home and view the conference online. As we continue to plan this unique conference experience, additional details will be shared.

Can I change my attendance option after I have registered?

Answer:  Yes.  However both the face-to-face and virtual options for attending the National Conference in 2021 will have limited tickets.  As we make plans with the hotel for space and technology requirements, we will have more specific details in the coming months.  As long as there is space in the option you are wanting to move to, changes can be accommodated prior to the registration deadline that will be announced when registration opens. Additional fees may apply.

Does my registration include travel and hotel costs?

Answer:  No. The conference registration includes your admission to the conference sessions, conference materials, an opening reception, and breakfast & lunch for in person attendance. You must make and pay for your own hotel and travel arrangements. Discounted hotel information will be shared when registration opens.

Will American Speech-Language–Hearing Association (ASHA) continuing education credits (CEUs) be available for both virtual and in person attendees?

Answer:  Yes. Provided participants comply with all requirements, ASHA members who use the CEU Registry are eligible to receive ASHA CEUs for attending the conference based on the sessions attended (either in person or virtually). A Certificate of Attendance is available for those who track their own CEUs.

Call for Papers

Apraxia Kids is seeking submissions for presentations for our 2021 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]).

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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):

Application Coming Soon!

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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.


Commit to making a difference for our families and professionals who attend the leading conference on childhood apraxia of speech!

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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.

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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
Family Scholarship Application
Student Scholarship Application

The 2021 Apraxia Kids National Conference is being held in Plano, Texas!

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.


Frequently asked questions about the Apraxia Kids National Conference

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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

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