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Webinar: Promoting Expressive Language Development in Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech

This event is on November 19, 2013 10:00am

About this Event

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Webinar Overview:

“My student’s speech is highly unintelligible, but he also has a very limited vocabulary and only can speak in simple sentences! Where do I begin?”

A commonly sited characteristic of children with apraxia of speech is limited or delayed expressive language. Limitations in expressive language impact a child’s ability to express their ideas clearly, and can lead to frustration for the child who has many ideas to share, but limited ability to do so.

Questions for many speech-language pathologists are, “How can I work on all of these goals in the limited amount of time the child is in therapy?” or “How do I determine what is having the greatest impact on the child’s ability to communicate effectively so that I can prioritize the goals most effectively?

In this workshop, principles for structuring language intervention to support vocabulary, longer and more complex sentence usage, and grammar skills in the context of speech praxis treatment in children with severe speech sound disorders will be discussed. Ideas for how speech-related goals and language-related goals can be addressed simultaneously and, therefore, more efficiently through thoughtful treatment planning will be provided. A central theme of this online seminar will be to find ways to make the treatment both effective and enjoyable for children. Case studies and development of treatment goals will be addressed.

Date and Time:

Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM US/EST
(Note: There is an alternative date/time for this webinar on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM US/EST)

Learning Objectives

Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe areas of language that may be delayed in children with CAS.
  • Discuss the importance of target utterance selection on the development of expressive language in children with CAS.
  • Choose treatment targets that simultaneously support development of expressive language and motor speech skills.
  • Choose games and activities, as well as tablet apps that support expressive language development in children.
  • Develop a treatment plan for a child with complex communication needs.

Timed Agenda

Minutes 1 – 10:  Overview of linguistic challenges impacting children with CAS

Minutes 11 – 23:   Addressing vocabulary development

Minutes 24 – 55:   Addressing syntax and morphology

Minutes 56 – 65:   Games and activities to promote expressive language skills

Minutes 66 –  75:   Case study: developing a treatment plan and prioritizing goals for a child with complex communicative needs

Minutes 75 – 90:  Questions and Answers

Registration Information

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

Click here to register for the webinar 

(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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(This course is offered for .15 ASHA CEU’s (Intermediate level, Professional area)

Featured Speaker

Margaret Fish, M.S., CCC-SLP

Margaret A. Fish, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist working in private practice in Highland Park, Illinois with 30 years of clinical experience working with children with severe speech-sound disorders, language impairments, and social language challenges. Ms. Fish is the author of the book, Here’s How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech, by Plural Publishing. Her workshops and writing focus on providing practical, evidence-based evaluation and treatment ideas to support children with apraxia of speech. Margaret serves on the Professional Advisory Board for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA).


Disclosure: Ms. Fish is the author of the book, “Here’s How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech,” which is available in the CASANA online store. She serves on CASANA’s Professional Advisory Board. She receives no compensation as a member of CASANA’s Professional Advisory Board. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.