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

This event is on October 20, 2016 3:00pm

About this Event

Childhood Apraxia of Speech Intensive Training for School Therapists

October 20-22, 2016

Hilton Garden Inn University Place
3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

This course is offered for 1.7 ASHA CEUs (Advanced level, Professional Area)




Children with childhood apraxia of speech usually require ongoing and intensive speech therapy services. Treating a child with CAS in a school setting provides a unique set of challenges for the Speech Language Pathologist! Managing unruly caseloads, little or no access to caregivers, and stressful IEP meetings are just the tip of the dilemma for therapists who work in our schools. The issues inherent to treating children with CAS in the school setting are very specific and often frustrating for the clinician. These issues are rarely addressed in the educational arena.

Until Now! We have heard you!

CASANA has created an intensive training specifically for the school-based therapist that is focused on the very specific needs and demands of supporting children with apraxia of speech in the school setting. Over several days the group will focus on treatment strategies highlighted by videos of school based SLP’s treating children with CAS to enhance learning. Time will also be devoted to exploring strategies for IEP writing, collaboration with teachers, management of co-occurring issues, teaching self-advocacy and encouraging social interactions for older children, as well as discussion on techniques to encourage home carry over. There are a limited number of seats available for this extraordinary, one of a kind training. Register now!


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Watch CASANA’s Director of Speech Development and Speech Services, Dave Hammer M.A., CCC-SLP, explain why CASANA is offering an intensive training for school-based speech therapists.

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.
  • Discuss important collaboration factors that enhance therapy success.

Course Level:

Advanced/Professional Area. Participants are expected to have prior academic and/or clinical experience with children with severe speech disorders.

Timed Agenda:

Thursday, October 20, 2016

3:00pm – 3:20pm     Welcome and Introductions
3:20pm – 4:10pm     Challenges faced by school-based SLPs
4:10pm – 5:00pm     Therapy foundations/Principles of Motor Learning
5:00pm – 6:30pm     Dinner/Ice Breakers
7:00pm – 7:40pm     1st Case Study and Discussion
7:40pm – 8:20pm     2nd Case Study and Discussion
8:00pm – 9:00pm     3rd Case Study and Discussion

Friday, October 21, 2016

7:30am – 8:00am     Breakfast
8:00am – 9:00am     Review considerations on differential diagnosis
9:00am – 12am          Rotations
– Building Resilience for students, therapists, and families, Self-Advocacy, and Considerations for social interaction
– Caseload Management, Strategies for treating Speech Sound Disorders as they change over time
– Parent/Home practice considerations
12 Noon – 1:00pm      Lunch – Discussion on Transitions
1:00pm – 1:40pm       Selection/Constructing Targets / Examples of Goals
1:40pm – 2:25pm       Review of Motor-based Approaches for CAS Therapy
2:25pm – 3:10pm       Treating children with a co-occurring disorders, AAC, Decision-making regarding children who may remain non-verbal
3:10pm – 4:00pm       Using technology in therapy for CAS
4:00pm – 7:00pm       Dinner
7:00pm – 9:00pm      Sharing therapy ideas

Saturday, October 22, 2016

7:30am – 8:00am        Breakfast
8:00am – 9:00am        Using a Severity Scale
9:00am – 10:00am      IEP goals and Writing IEPs
10:00am – 11:00am     Collaboration
11:00am – 12 Noon      Course assessment and wrap-up


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

Registration Fee Level:  The registration fee for this event is $400.

Group Rates: There are no group rates for this event.

Confirmation: Registrations will be confirmed by e-mail only.

Registration Fee Includes:

  • Dinner on October 20, 2016, Continental Breakfast on October 21 and 22, 2016, and Lunch on October 21, 2016.
  • Pre-Reading materials, and a handout prepared by the speakers specifically for the program.
  • Certificate of Attendance verifying successful completion of the course.
  • ASHA CEU submission.
  • Registration Fee does not include dinner on October 21, 2016. Participants will have the option of attending a pre-arranged outing that will include dinner. The outing will be self-pay by participants. Information will be provided prior to the event.
  • Participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel accommodations.

Cancellation: Paid registration fees will be refunded, less a $50 (USD) administration fee, with a written request postmarked no later than October 6, 2016. There will be no refunds after October 6, 2016. 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 October 30, 2016. Complaints should be directed to the CASANA Education Director at


ASHA Continuing Education Eligibility:


ASHA CE eligibility for professionals is dependent upon participant attendance. Therefore participants who do not attend the workshop in it’s entirety, sign attendance sheets and submit required paperwork will not be considered for ASHA Continuing Education Units. This workshop is not being offered for variable credit.




Directions and Parking:

Directions to the facility and parking instructions will be included with registration confirmations.


Hilton Garden Inn University Place
3454 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-683-2040 –
Special Event Rate (Click Here) of $139 plus tax/per night. Please identify yourself as part of the CASANA group when making reservations.

The last day to get the special event rate is Friday, October 7, 2016!


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Featured Speakers:


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 Statement:
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.


Amy Krantz

Amy 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 Zelst

Anne 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 2012 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.