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CHILDHOOD APRAXIA OF SPEECH: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Early Literacy Skills

This event is on February 8, 2013

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

1400 University Boulevard, Birmingham, AL, 35233

About this Event

Diagnosis of children with severe speech sound disorders can be challenging, and recent research indicates that there are inconsistencies in diagnosis and treatment for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). This course will provide information about decision-making for both diagnosis and treatment of CAS using best available evidence and considering co-occurring diagnoses. A framework for assessment will be discussed as well as how assessment can lead directly into treatment planning. A significant portion of the course will focus on treatment planning and modification of ongoing treatment based on a child’s needs and progress. Treatment techniques will focus on application of motor learning principles to motor speech deficits and consideration of early literacy skills. Case examples will be presented to assist in identification of characteristics of CAS, differential diagnosis, and treatment techniques. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify possible characteristics of CAS.
  • Interpret responses during assessment to arrive at a differential diagnosis of speech disorder.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of principles of motor learning and how these principles inform decision-making in treatment.
  • Plan treatment for children with CAS.
  • Develop methods for monitoring progress in treatment.

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Time Agenda

7:30–8:00 AM– Breakfast and Registration

8:00–9:00 AM– Definitions of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (consistent with the 2007 ASHA Technical Report); CAS vs. Severe Phonologic Disorder ; CAS vs. Dysarthria; Challenges in Diagnosis

9:00–10:00 AM– Overview of assessment techniques for differential diagnosis of phonologic impairment, dysarthria and phonologic disorder

Core features of CAS contributing for diagnosis; Contributing characteristics of CAS in younger children; Contributing characteristics of CAS in older children

Differential Diagnosis; Developmental History; Assessment of Physical Characteristics; Assessment of Language Skills; Assessment of Speech (Tests for Articulation/ Phonology, Tests of Speech Motor Skill, Informal Motor Speech Exam); Considering the Whole Child in Assessment; Review of Sample Cases

10:00–10:15 AM– Break

10:15– 12:00 PM– Assessment to Intervention:  Approaches that have been used for apraxia; Principles of motor learning, how these principles inform both assessment and treatment (Conditions of Practice, Structure of Practice, Co-articulation and Prosody)

12:00 Noon–1:00 PM– Lunch

1:00–2:15 PM– A Treatment Framework:  Dynamic Tactile and Temporal Cueing (DTTC)

2:15–2:30 PM– Break

2:30–4:00 PM– Treatment:  Related Issues (Considering Evidence-Based Practice, Involving Caregivers, Bilingualism/ Multilingualism, Phonologic Awareness Skills:  Reading and Spelling, Phonologic Processing, Neurologic Issues, Sensory Issues, Incorporating AAC, Genetic Vulnerability, Alternative Treatments, NSOMEs); Documenting Progress, Prognosis; Adapting Treatment

4:00–3:30 PM– Summary and Questions

4:30–5:30 PM– A special Parent Roundtable discussion with Dr. Stoeckel will immediately follow the workshop.  All parents registered for the workshop are welcomed to attend.


University of Alabama at Birmingham
Hill University Center – Great Hall A-B
1400 University Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35233

How to Register

Register by mail, phone or online with a credit card. Send completed registration form with payment to:  CASANA, 416 Lincoln Avenue, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15209. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Please make checks payable to CASANA. Call 412-923-3401 for more information.

Registration Fee Levels

Professional Early Bird $195 / After 1/25 $210

Student Early Bird $155 / After 1/25 $170

Parent Early Bird $155 / After 1/25 $170

To qualify for Early Bird Registration, registration form and fee must be postmarked no later than January 25, 2013.



Group Rates

Professional Group Rate of 5 or more registrations $155 each. Please copy registration form as many times as needed and mail group registrations in the same envelope.


Registrations will be confirmed by email.

Course Level

Intermediate/Professional Area. Participants are expected to have some prior academic and/or clinical experience with children with severe speech disorders. Families are most welcome at the workshop with the understanding that the level of presentation will be at the intermediate professional level.

This course is offered for .7 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)
ASHA CE Registry

An annual ASHA CE Registry fee is required to register ASHA CEU’s. ASHA CE registry fees are paid by the participant directly to the ASHA National Office. The annual ASHA CE Registry fee allows registration of an unlimited number of ASHA CEUs for the calendar year. Contact the ASHA CE staff at 800-498-2071, ext. 4219 for CE Registry fee subscription information.

Registration Fee Includes:

  • Coffee, Tea, Juice, and Continental Breakfast.
  • A handout prepared by the speaker specifically for the program.
  • Certificate of Attendance verifying successful completion of the course.
  • ASHA CEU submission.
  • Registration Fee does not include lunch.


Paid registration fees will be refunded, less a $25 administration fee, with a written request postmarked no later than January 4, 2013. There will be no refunds after January 4, 2013. CASANA reserves the right to cancel this workshop with due cause and refund in full. In the event that this workshop is cancelled by CASANA, full refunds of paid registrations will be made on or before April 15, 2013. Complaints should be directed to the CASANA Education Director at

Directions and Parking

Directions to the facility will be included with registration confirmations.  There is a small lot adjacent to the Hill University Center.  There is also a metered parking lot located nearby.  Additional parking information will also be included with registration confirmations


The Courtyard by Marriott Downtown
1820 5th Avenue, Birmingham, AL 35233 (.7 miles from campus)
Rates begin at $164 per night, plus tax.  Please call 205-254-0004 to make a reservation or visit

The Hotel Highland @ Five Points
1023 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35205 (.8 miles from campus)
Rates begin at $133 per night, plus tax.  Please call 205-933-9555 to make a reservation or visit



If space allows, walk-ins are welcome. However, it is not guaranteed that space will be available.


Contact Kathy Hennessy at or call 412-923-3401.

Featured Speaker

Ruth Stoeckel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Stoeckel is a clinical speech-language pathologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She has experience working as a clinician and independent consultant in schools, private practice, private rehabilitation agency, and clinical settings. Dr. Stoeckel is on the professional advisory board of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) and recently co-authored the curriculum for CASANA’s intensive training institute on CAS. Dr. Stoeckel is a nationally recognized expert on Childhood Apraxia of Speech and literacy who has presented both nationally and internationally on the topic.

Ruth Stoeckel, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Clinical Speech-Language Pathologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Disclosure: Dr. Stoeckel is a member of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America’s (CASANA) Professional Advisory Board. She receives no compensation as a member of CASANA’s Professional Advisory Board. Dr. Stoeckel receives ongoing compensation for her participation in the production of the CASANA DVD Early Speech-Language Issues and Late Literacy; Will Slow to Talk Mean Slow to Read? Dr. Stoeckel also receives compensation for the development of the CASANA Intensive Training Institute curriculum. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.