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7:00 PM EST/US Webinar: RIF (Reading is Fundamental) in CAS: Making Literacy Skills Fundamental in the Treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech

This event is on February 4, 2014

About this Event

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Date and Time

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (EST/US)

(Note: This program is also offered on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 @ 9:00 AM (EST/US)

Overview of Webinar

“Reading is Fundamental” in the treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech! So when working with children with CAS, as speech-language pathologists and families, how can we ensure that literacy skill development is an integral and consistent aspect of speech and language treatment?

As the child with CAS progresses along the continua of age and severity, aspects of literacy skill development should be fundamentally incorporated into CAS treatment.

This webinar will review the current research regarding CAS and the development of literacy skills.  The focus of this webinar will be on integration of literacy skills into the treatment of school-age children with CAS.  Treatment techniques that merge literacy skills while maintaining fidelity to the principles of motor-learning theory will be explored.  Characteristics of formal reading programs that support CAS treatment and/or hinder the treatment of CAS will be discussed.  Through case studies and video examples, learners will be provided with practical strategies that they can easily incorporate into their therapy sessions.  Examples of treatment goals that combine literacy development and treatment of CAS will be provided.

Learning Objectives:

Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the current research literature regarding literacy development in children with CAS.
  • Identify the key components of literacy skill development.
  • Identify four formal reading programs and how each can support or possibly hinder treatment of CAS.
  • Provide at least five treatment ideas and strategies related to literacy skill development that can easily be incorporated into speech-language treatment.
  • Discuss possible school-age treatment goals that combine literacy and motor-speech objectives.


Minute 1-10:              Key components of literacy skill development and their relationship to CAS

Minutes 11 – 23:       Review of current literature discussing literacy skill development       and CAS

Minutes 24-55:          Discussion and demonstration videos of four formal reading programs (Wilson Language Training, Edmark Reading Program, The ALL Reading Program, and The Association Method) and   characteristics of these programs that may support or may hinder the treatment of CAS

Minutes 56-65:           Practical treatment strategies and speech-language goals that incorporate literacy and motor- learning theory into CAS treatment

Minutes 66 – 75:        Case studies

Minutes 75 – 90:        Questions and Answers

Registration Information

Regular Registration: $35           Registration with ASHA CEUs: $50

Register: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 @ 7:00 PM EST/US

CASANA charges an additional fee of $15.00 for those professionals who want CASANA to process and submit continuing education information to ASHA. The additional fee is retained by CASANA and is not an ASHA fee.

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Featured Speaker

Anne Van Zelst, MA, CCC-SLP,


Anne L. Van Zelst, M.A. CCC-SLP-L is a pediatric, school-based speech-language pathologist who is working with children and adolescents in Pennsylvania.  She has also served as an adjunct instructor at Misericordia University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Temple University and a Certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Penn State University. Ms. Van Zelst has completed training in NDT, PROMPT, and is a graduate of the CASANA Intensive Training Institute on Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

Disclosure: Anne Van Zelst, MA, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Garnet Valley School District in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Misericordia University.

Ms. Van Zelst is a graduate of the CASANA Intensive Training Institute on CAS. She will receive compensation for this presentation. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.