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WEBINAR: The Genetics of Apraxia, Speech, Language, and Reading Disorders

This event is on March 7, 2013 12:00pm

About this Event

This webinar provides an overview of genetic causes of speech, language, and reading disorders with a special emphasis on childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). Following a presentation of fundamental concepts in molecular genetics, findings from genetic studies of speech, language, and reading disorders are summarized. CAS can occur by itself or as part of a syndrome of known genetic origin. Speech examples of individuals with primary CAS are discussed and new findings about a deficit in sequential processing are presented. Issues of practical relevance for parents and clinicians include watching for early signs of CAS, making appropriate referrals for genetic testing, and online resources regarding genetics. At the end of this Webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define the genetic terms chromosome, gene, intron, exon, transcription, translation, and mutation.
  • Name one reason why finding causal genes for speech, language, and reading disorders is extremely challenging.
  • Describe the underlying deficit in a new line of CAS research and three different activities modalities where it can be observed.
  • Name three early signs of CAS.
  • Describe the scope of practice of a genetic counselor and how an appropriate referral for genetic counseling can be made.
  • Describe how in the future, knowledge of causal genes in a family can benefit a new infant in this family.

Registration closes at midnight on Friday, March 1, 2013 US/EST. (Note: This webinar is also offered on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM US/EST. Click here to be taken to the event page for that day.)

Links & Information

This is a “LIVE” webinar, meaning the speaker will be presenting the information in “real time” at the times listed. This is not a recorded webinar. Log-in information will be emailed to participants two times prior to the webinar time. It is the responsibility of participants to know what time to log-in given their own time zone. Participants should look for an e-mail from Education Director, Kathy Hennessy, in order to receive specific log-in instructions. Do not wait until a few minutes before the webinar to look for this information! If you cannot find it in your e-mail inbox, check your spam file. Please add to your e-mail contacts or address book so that the e-mail with log-in instructions does not go to your spam file. You will need to test your computer to assure it has system requirements for the webinar. Do not wait until moments before the webinar in order to test your computer’s system with the webinar software. Being prepared will lead to a better learning opportunity!

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Registration Information

Register for this webinar. Registration closes at midnight on Friday, March 1, 2013 US/EST

Registration Rates:

Regular Registration: $35.00 per person (1.5 hours of instruction from 1 session; no CEU’s)

Professional Registration: $50.00 per person (1.5 hours of instruction from 1 session; ASHA CEU’s)

This course is offered for .15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)

[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. Also, please note that professionals must obtain an 80% on the final assessment to be eligible for CEU’s.]

Timed Agenda

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 12:00 NOON—1:30 PM (US/EST

12:00 NOON – 12:14 PM – Brief intro to spech disorders with special emphasis on CAS, language disorders, and reading disorders. Nuts and bolts of genetics *Chromosomes *Genes *How genes are transcribed into RNA and translated into amino acids, *How mutations cause disorders.

12:15 – 12:29 PM – Genetics of reading, language, and speech disorders.

12:30 – 12:44 PM – Familial cases of CAS: Video examples of speech in families with CAS. New proposed disorder definition: global deficit in sequential processing

12:45 – 12:59 PM – Genetics of CAS: *Primary CAS, *CAS as part of a syndrome

1:00 – 1:14 PM – What parents and clinicians should know; *Early signs of CAS, *Referral for genetic counseling, *Mail-order genetic tests, *Resources about genetics Future directioins; *Early identification of infants at genetic risk, *Development of evidence-based early intervention/prevention methods, *The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 and even better protection from discrimination based on knowledge of genetic risks.

1:15 – 1:30 PM – Questions and Answers


Please contact Kathy Hennessy at

Featured Speaker

Beate Peter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Beate Peter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. She holds a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and a Ph.D. degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences, both from the University of Washington. Dr. Peter recently completed three years of postdoctoral training in medical and statistical genetics under the mentorship of Wendy Raskind, M.D., Ph.D., in the Division of Medical Genetics and Ellen Wijsman Ph.D., in the Department of Biostatistics, both at the University of Washington. During her postdoctoral training, Dr. Peter focused on the genetics of dyslexia and neurogenic motor diseases. In addition to the Certificate of Clinical Competence, issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, she holds the Graduate Certificate in Statistical Genetics, issued by the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington. Her current research focuses on molecular and statistical genetics of communication disorders, particularly speech sound disorder and dyslexia, where she is applying cutting-edge methods in molecular genetics to identify causal genes. Her studies of behavioral traits in multidgenerational families with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) have led to proposing a new CAS definition as a disorder caused by a central deficit in sequential processing expressed across many modalities; this framework explains the deficits in word decoding and spelling frequently observed in children as well as adults with present or past CAS. Dr. Peter’s clinical experience was gained in the public schools, where she was placed in elementary and high schools, and also in a private clinic for children with learning disabilities, where she primarily treated children with deficits in written language.

Disclosure Statement Beate Peter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Disclosure: Dr. Peter is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. There are no other relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.