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Los Angeles, CA Apraxia Workshop – Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Intervention for Related Issues

This event is on March 15, 2013 7:30am

Mount St. Mary's College - Chalon Campus

Mount St. Mary's College - Chalon Campus, Campus Center, 12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049,

About this Event

Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) often have co-existing difficulties in areas other than speech.  It is well documented in the research literature that children with early speech-language problems are at higher risk for later literacy (reading and writing) difficulties.   There are also reports in the literature that children with apraxia may have more generalized motor incoordination and/or sensory issues.  Some children with apraxia will also have difficulty with initiating and sequencing actions to complete tasks, in the realm of executive functioning skills. Intervention may need to  include techniques for addressing skills in these areas in addition to the work on speech.   In this workshop, we will being by briefly discussing characteristics of appropriate treatment for CAS and then move into discussion of co-existing issues and strategies for managing those issues.  A case study approach will be used, following the experiences of one particular child and her family, with practical strategies for children of all ages included.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify physical and educational issues that often co-occur and interact with CAS.
  • Describe how parents can support development of executive functioning skills.
  • Identify how sensory and general motor issues can affect progress in speech therapy.
  • Explain how technology can be used to support both communication and academic skills.
  • Describe how literacy skills can be integrated into speech therapy.

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Time Agenda

7:30-8:00 AM           Breakfast and Registration
8:00 -9:00 AM          Brief review of therapy for CAS
General principles of appropriate intervention: Multisensory; Intensive; Incorporating principles of motor learning 
Demonstration of therapy
9:00-10:00 AM         AAC: When and how to introduce AAC for communication
10:00-10:15 AM      Break
10:15- 12:00 Noon Executive Function skills/ Self-Advocacy
What are EF skills? Organizing, planning, evaluating outcomes from preschool through middle school.  Problem-solving strategies.  Review of age-appropriate skills from preschool through high school.
12:00 -1:00 PM        Lunch
1:00- 2:00 PM General motor/sensory issues
Early referral to OT/PT; Support for generalized motor planning; Physical adaptations/ accommodations
2:00-2:15 PM           Break
2:15-3:45 PM           Language-Based Learning Issues/Literacy
Aspects of risk; Monitoring for emergent skills; Multisensory instruction; Technology to support access to the curriculum
3:45-4:00 PM           Case study summary
4:00-4:30 PM           Summary and Questions


Mount St. Mary’s College, Chalon Campus, Campus Center
12001 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA  90049

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 3/1 $210

Student Early Bird $155 /  After 3/1 $170

Parent Early Bird $155 /  After 3/1 $170

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.

To qualify for Early Bird Registration, registration form and fee must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2013.



Registrations will be confirmed by e-mail.

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 (USD) administration fee, with a written request postmarked no later than March 1, 2013. There will be no refunds after March 1, 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 May 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.  Additional parking information will also be included with registration confirmations


Holiday Inn Express, West  Los Angeles
11250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90025
(3.4 miles)

Royal Palace Westwood Los Angeles
1052 Tiverton Ave., Los Angles, CA  90024
(2.7 miles)


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.

Documents & Downloads

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.

Guest Speakers

Kathy Daigle, B.S.B.A., MBA, is the mother of eight-year old twin girls, Katie and Kourtney.  Kourtney has the diagnosis of childhood apraxia of speech, sensory integration disorder, and has a genetic duplication.  Kathy has advocated for early intervention with AAC, using AAC in the school setting and inclusion for special needs children in all settings.  She has presented on Childhood Apraxia of Speech and AAC at the annual CASANA conference, to graduate classes at California State University Fullerton and the University of Queensland, the Assistive Technology Institute, and various non-profit special needs organizations. The Daigle family was the keynote speakers on AAC and Early Childhood Intervention at the Goodwill of Orange County Annual Fundraiser.  Their hope is to increase the understanding of children with apraxia of speech.

Kourtney Daigle is an eight-year-old girl who has the diagnosis of childhood apraxia of speech, sensory integration disorder, and a genetic duplication.  She has persevered through intervention programs and thousands of hours of speech, occupational, physical therapy, and intervention programs.  Kourtney is mainstreamed in second grade and uses an AAC device to support her school work and communication needs.  She loves the ballet, volleyball, shopping, and her iPad.  Kourtney has a wonderful, sunny personality and will probably choose a career in technology.