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New York City, NY Workshop – Working with Bilingual Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Where Do I Start?

This event is on May 1, 2015 8:30am

About this Event

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May 1, 2015

New York University

Kimmel Center for University Life, Room 914

60 Washington Square, South

New York, New York 10012

Online registration for this workshop has ended.


Walk-ins are welcome.

Course Abstract:

The procedures for assessing and treating children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) have improved in the last 10 years; however, we have limited information to support us in the assessment and treatment of bilingual children with CAS. In this seminar, we will apply what is known about CAS to children from multilingual backgrounds, using Spanish-English bilingual children as a framework.  The diagnostic indicators for differentiating CAS and severe speech delay or disorder will be discussed from a monolingual and applied to a bilingual background. Procedures for assessing bilingual children for CAS will be presented, applying current best practices for monolingual children to bilingual children, as well as exploring the use of parent questionnaires and work with interpreters. Principles for selecting appropriate segmental, phonotactic, and suprasegmental goals in children with CAS and who are bilingual will be presented. We will explore treatment approaches appropriate for CAS, including general motor learning principles and use of dynamic temporal and tactile cueing, exploring this treatment information for bilinguals.  In addition, we will explore decision-making for bilingual children, including which language or languages to treat in a bilingual child and how to support bilingualism. Video examples of treatment principles will be included.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • differentiate symptomatology of childhood apraxia of speech from severe SSD in bilingual children.
  • describe the differing assessment needs of bilingual children.
  • compare other languages to English speech properties (with an emphasis on Spanish) in assessments of bilingual children with CAS.
  • use parent questionnaires in the assessment process of bilingual children with CAS.
  • select appropriate segmental, phonotactic and suprasegmental goals for children with CAS and severe speech disorders.
  • utilize motor learning principles in treatment of bilingual children or non-English speaking children with CAS.

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.

Timed Agenda:

8:30–9:00 AM    Registration and Breakfast

9:00–9:15 AM    Introduction / Overview

9:15-9:45 AM   CAS – Etiology and signs in monolinguals and application to bilinguals

9:45-12:00 Noon    Assessment of children with CAS who are bilingual/Building from a monolingual framework

  • Components of CAS assessment
  • Speech assessment in bilinguals
  • CAS assessment in two languages: Spanish-English
    • Overview of Spanish phonology; compare/contrast to English phonology
    • How to use phonological information in dual language assessment
    • Using parent survey information
    • Working with interpreters
    • Interpreting assessment results
    • Adaptation of assessment principles to other language combinations

12:00 Noon-1:00 PM    Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 PM    Selecting treatment goals for bilingual children

  • Spanish-English children
  • Bilinguals from other language combinations

1:45-2:15 PM    Current treatment approaches for CAS – Focus on dynamic temporal and          tactile cueing and the use of motor learning principles.

2:15-4:15 PM   Treatment for CAS in the bilingual child

  • Treatment framework
  • Treatment decision factors
  • Application to Spanish-English bilinguals
  • Cross-language transfer
  • Working with interpreters
  • Treating CAS in different bilingual environments

4:15-4:30 PM  Summary and Questions

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.

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.

Cancellation:  Paid registration fees will be refunded, less a $25 (USD) administration fee, with a written request postmarked no later than April 17, 2015. There will be no refunds after April 17, 2015. 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, 2015 Complaints should be directed to the CASANA Education Director at

Directions and Parking:

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


The Marlton Hotel

5 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011

212- 321-0100


Courtyard New York Manhattan/SoHo

181 Varick St

New York, NY 10014



Links & Information

ASHA_CEUSThis course is offered for .65 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.



Featured Speaker

Christina Gildersleeve-Nuemann, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Christina Gildersleeve-Neumann, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is Associate Professor and Department Chair in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Her research and clinical areas of interest and expertise are typical and atypical speech development in children from birth to 6, with an emphasis on bilingual children and treatment efficacy for severe speech sound disorders and childhood apraxia of speech. She has presented her research and clinical findings in journal articles, national and international conferences, and in workshops throughout the US.

Disclosure Statement:

Dr. Gildersleeve-Neumann is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon., and will receive compensation for this presentation for CASANA.   There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.