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Webinar: Introduction to Ultrasound Biofeedback for Childhood Apraxia of Speech

This event is on January 21, 2014

About this Event

Date and Time:

January 21, 2014 @ 10:30 AM – 12 Noon (US/EST.) or January 21, 2014 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (US/EST.)

Overview of Webinar

Real-time ultrasound imaging of the tongue has recently been used as a biofeedback tool for treating persisting speech sound disorders, including childhood apraxia of speech. With ultrasound, clients (and clinicians) can see their tongue position and shape and can be cued to modify tongue movements in real-time with this visual information. Although not every SLP will have access to this technology, clinicians should be informed of the advantages and disadvantages of this approach as well as the research supporting the efficacy of ultrasound biofeedback.  The seminar will provide an overview with video examples of how the technology can be used to assess tongue movements and remediate speech errors in school-age children with CAS.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this Webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Interpret ultrasound images of the tongue by recognizing tongue tip, blade, dorsum, root, and lateral margins.
  • Explain tongue movement/shape information available from ultrasound for /k, g, t, d, n, l, s, r/.
  • Describe who is and is not a good candidate for ultrasound biofeedback.
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of ultrasound imaging.
  • Explain the current level of evidence supporting the use of ultrasound biofeedback for CAS and for speech sound disorders in general.

Timed Agenda

Minutes 1 – 15       Introduction to ultrasound biofeedback: strengths/limitations, candidacy

Minutes 16 – 51     Video demonstrations/therapy examples for specific sounds:

* Alveolars and velars

* Distortions of sibiants /s, z, ʃ/

* Rhotics

* Sequences of sounds

Minutes 52 – 62       Ultrasound visual feedback therapy in the context of motor learning

Minutes 63 – 78       Research outcomes with children with CAS

Minutes 76 – 90       Questions and Answers

Registration Information

Regular Registration: $35           Registration with ASHA CEUs: $50

Register: January 21, 2014 @ 10:30 AM EST/US    -or-    Register: January 21, 2014 @ 7:00 PM EST/US

CASANA charges an additional fee of $15.00 for those professionals who want CASANA to process and submit continuing education information to ASHA. The additional fee is retained by CASANA and is not an ASHA fee.


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Featured Speaker

Jonathan Preston, Ph.D., CCC-SLP


Dr. Jonathan Preston is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in assessment and treatment of speech sound disorders. He is an Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders at Southern Connecticut State University and a Research Scientist at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, CT.  He currently conducts research on ultrasound biofeedback for CAS and residual speech sound disorders.

Disclosure: Jonathan Preston, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders at Southern Connecticut State University and a Research Scientist at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, CT.

Dr. Preston was the 2013 chair of the CASANA Apraxia Research Grant program and received compensation for his participation in the program. Additionally Dr. Preston was the recipient of a CASANA Apraxia Research Grant in 2011. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.