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Childhood Apraxia of Speech: An Intensive Training for the School-Based Therapist

This event is on October 19, 2017 6:30pm

About this Event

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Dates and Times:

October 19 ‐ 21, 2017

Embassy Suites by Hilton
550 Cherrington Parkway
Coraopolis, PA 15108

Overview of Training:

This 18.5 hour intensive, interactive training is designed specifically for school‐based therapists who service children diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech from preschool to high school. There are unique challenges that the school‐based therapist faces when dealing with this complex motor speech disorder. Focus will be primarily therapy‐based, with various methodologies highlighted and will include facilitation of parent home carryover strategies and support. Sessions will include video examples of children of all ages being treated by school based therapists to enhance learning and encourage group discussion. Practical therapy ideas that can be used on Monday morning will be shared. Additional topics will also include IEP writing, teacher collaboration, and management of concomitant diagnoses. Unique strategies for caseload management will also be discussed. State‐of‐the‐art technology approaches will be featured with research support described when applicable. The knowledge gained from this intensive learning experience will enable the school‐based therapist to become a resource for others in the surrounding school communities.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Outline the principles of motor learning that guide therapy for CAS.
  • Discuss target selection criteria and rationale for goal decision‐making.
  • List the most widely‐used therapy strategies available to treat children with CAS.
  • Describe the key ingredients in writing IEPs for children with CAS.
  • Describe effective caseload management strategies.
  • Discuss important collaboration factors that enhance therapy success.


Registration Information:

Registration rate: $500

This course is offered for 1.85 ASHA CEU’s (Advanced level, Professional area)



Presenter Profiles:


Dave Hammer, MA, CCC-SLP, is the Director of Professional Development and Speech Services for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA).  Prior to this position, Dave had 35 years of pediatric clinical experience at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA with specialty interests in childhood apraxia of speech and speech sound disorders.  He has been invited to present over 150 workshops on childhood apraxia and speech sound disorders throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia.  Dave was a member of the ASHA AdHoc committee on childhood apraxia of speech.  Dave is known for his practical and therapy-rich presentations.

Disclosure: Mr. Hammer receives compensation for his role with CASANA.   Mr. Hammer receives ongoing compensation for his participation in the production of the CASANA DVD “Treatment Strategies for Childhood Apraxia of Speech.” Mr. Hammer also acts as the ASHA CE Consultant for CASANA. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

AmyKranzAmy Krantz, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in the treatment of speech-sound disorders and stuttering.   She works primarily in the public schools in Salt Lake City, UT and manages her own private practice after school hours.   She also is the clinical director for the University of Utah’s Intensive Stuttering Clinic.  Ms. Krantz has taught Articulation and Phonology at the graduate level and co-lead the development of Primary Children’s assessment/treatment protocol for children with CAS. Amy is a 2012 graduate of the CASANA Intensive Training Institute.


Disclosure Statement:  Ms. Krantz is a graduate of CASANA’s Intensive Training Institute on CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Anne Van ZelstAnne Van Zelst, MA, CCC-SLP, is an ASHA certified pediatric speech-language pathologist. She holds a M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Temple University, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University, and will be beginning her Doctoral studies at Temple University starting the fall of 2016. She is a Certified Coach for the Competent Learner Model and a Certified TouchChat Trainer. Anne is Level II PROMPT trained and has also completed the alternative 8-week course in Neuro-Developmental Treatment. Anne is a 2011 graduate of the CASANA Intensive Training Institute.


Disclosure Statement:  Ms. Van Zelst is a graduate of the CASANA Intensive Training Institute on CAS. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.