National Conference FAQ

What is the price to attend the conference?

Parents/General        Professionals       Students         Group

Jan 15 – 31                              $245                            $350               $75                 $275

Feb 1 – March 31                   $275                            $375                $75                 $300

April 1 – May 31                      $300                            $400               $100               $325

June 1 and after                   $325                            $425                $100               $350

 

School-Based Training          $60 each session or $150 for 3 sessions.  The School-Based Training is available for professionals only.

What is the School-Based Therapy Pre-Conference Training?

Answer: A unique opportunity embedded in our conference for intensive training on childhood apraxia of speech designed specifically for school-based Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs).

On Thursday, July 9th, specialized sessions for Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are:

  • 8:00 am – 10:00 am Elementary Age Session
  • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Middle/High School Session
  • 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Preschool Session

The School-Based Therapy Training is available for professionals only.

Do I have to register and pay to attend the conference?

Answer:  Yes.  Conference registration is required in order to attend conference sessions and events.

Does the registration fee cover both a husband and wife to attend?

Answer:  Each registration is for one person.   One possibility for parents is to share one nametag. In other words, you and your spouse can take turns attending sessions by trading off a shared nametag. You would not be able to attend together since an official nametag is required to enter conference session rooms.

If my husband and I are sharing a nametag, can we both attend breakfast & lunch?

Answer: No, meals are associated with a nametag and cannot be shared. You must have your own nametag on in order to enter the dining area.

Can I get a discount on the registration fee?

Answer: Participants are encouraged to register early in the year, which offers the best pricing for registration.  Apraxia Kids is unable to offer additional discounts.

Are group rates available for professionals?

Answer: Yes, group rates are available! You can register for a group rate directly through the website with professional groups of 3 or more. Please note that only one form of payment can be accepted for the whole group. Group rates are available to professionals that are within the same agency, practice, or school district.

Does my registration include travel and hotel costs?

Answer: The conference registration includes your admission to the conference sessions, conference materials, an opening reception, and breakfast & lunch for two days.  You must make and pay for your own hotel and travel arrangements.

Can I register for only one day?

Answer:  We anticipate our conference will sell out again this year. We encourage prospective participants to register for both days at their earliest convenience. The option for a single day registration may be provided after July 1st if the conference sessions are not entirely sold out.

Why do I have to pay to attend?

Answer:  Registration fees help pay for the costs associated with a conference of this scale, including providing necessary spaces, breakfast and lunch for registrants, and offering the highest caliber of speakers. We have surveyed other similar conferences and our registration fees are relatively modest compared with other large national conferences. Feedback from previous conferences tells us that many parents and professionals found it well worth the cost for what they had learned.

Can my children attend with me?

Answer: The National Conference is primarily designed to be an educational event for families and professionals.  Some families opt to bring their children, however there are no specific activities organized by Apraxia Kids at the conference for children.  The city where the conference is held usually has many opportunities for children’s outings.  Apraxia Kids also understands the difficulty of arranging for childcare for children with special needs, but unfortunately, children are not permitted to attend conference sessions so that parents and professionals may focus on what is being taught.  The only exceptions to this are nursing infants under one year of age.  However, if an infant would begin to fuss or cry, it is expected that parent will take the infant out of the conference session until he/she is quiet again.  Parents of infants who do not follow this guideline will be asked to leave the conference session so as not to be disruptive to others. Children are permitted to attend the opening session if accompanied by a registered adult. For those able to pay for childcare during the conference, Apraxia Kids recommends contacting the hotel directly for a list of local childcare options.

Are there other ways to discuss apraxia-related topics if there is no session on a topic?

Answer: On the Friday of the conference we will set up “topic tables” during lunch time.  Each table will be marked with a sign indicating a specific topic that registrants might like to discuss. You can then sit at that table and discuss the topic with others who are also interested in that particular subject. Apraxia Kids appreciates hearing any feedback you may have on sessions you would like to see at future conferences.

Which meals are included in my registration?

Answer: You will receive breakfast & lunch on Friday and Saturday as part of your registration.

Are there discounted hotel rates?

Answer:  Yes, a block of rooms is available at the Renaissance Plano, our official conference hotel.  Please check back on January 15th when registration for the conference opens for additional details.  The discounted rate is $169/night.

Is parking available at the conference?

Answer: Yes. Parking is $10 per day for self-parking at the hotel.

Can I have my child evaluated at the conference?

Answer: Unfortunately, there is not an opportunity for evaluations at our conference. You can visit our Speech-Language Pathologist Directory to find a specialist in the area or near your hometown that could conduct an evaluation.

I can’t come, but could you send me a videotape or audiotape of the conference? Could you provide me with the conference handouts?

Answer: Unfortunately, we are unable to provide recordings of the conference or conference handouts. At the request of our speakers, information is available only to paid conference registrants.

How will I receive handouts?

Answer:  Prior to the conference, participants will receive an email with a link to download the handouts. It is the participant’s responsibility to bring handouts to the conference, either printed or in electronic format. Printing may not be available at the hotel, so arrangements should be made prior to traveling. The link for handouts will not be available after the conference.

Will continuing education credits be available for members of the American Speech and Hearing Association who attend the conference?

Answer: Yes.  Provided participants comply with all requirements, ASHA members who use the CEU Registry are eligible to receive ASHA CEUs for attending the conference based on the sessions attended.  A Certificate of Attendance is available for those who track their own CEUs.

Can I receive continuing education credits for my professional organization that is not ASHA?

Answer: It depends. All attendees to the conference will receive a “Certificate of Attendance” that will be mailed to them after the conference. Several professional organizations, other than ASHA, will accept certificates of attendance from Apraxia Kids as proof of attendance and will offer continuing education credits to its members. You will have to check with your own professional organization in order to determine if this applies to you.

A session for which I registered no longer interests me. Am I able to switch to a new session?

Answer: If you wish to change your session choices for the conference, or you no longer wish to attend a session, please log in to your Eventbrite account. You can click the link in your registration confirmation email in order to do so. Once you are logged in, hover over the person icon in the upper right-hand corner, and click “my tickets”. Please select your ticket to the 2020 Apraxia Kids National Conference by clicking on the image of the ticket. Your ticket information will now display, with an option to “edit” on the right upper hand corner. By clicking the “edit” button, you will now be able to scroll down and change your session selection answers. Please note the choices only include the open session options that are available if open seats remain. Don’t forget to hit the “save” button!

What do I do if I am really interested in a session that is full?

Answer: If you would like to be added to a waitlist for a session that is currently full, please email nationalconference@apraxia-kids.org.

What is the SLP is in Booth?

Answer: The SLP is in Booth provides an opportunity for parents and therapists to get advice and guidance from an apraxia specialist throughout the day during the National Conference. Details regarding sign-up will be shared in June.

I would like to donate to support the mission of Apraxia Kids. How can I do that?

Answer:  Please click here to make a donation to Apraxia Kids.

I would like to become more involved/volunteer. How can I connect with someone from the organization?

Please email nationalconference@apraxia-kids.org  or contact our office at 412-785-7072

When are speakers announced?

Answer: Conference speakers will be announced at the end of March.

When and how will I register for sessions?

Answer: Registration will open on January 15th.  Once all of our conference sessions and speakers have been selected, you will receive an email to login to your account to choose our sessions.

When is the deadline to register for the conference?

Answer: In the past we have had onsite registration available, however we anticipate a sellout crowd in 2020.  The conference will only have a capacity for 500 attendees.  Please register at your earliest convenience as we expect to sell out this year.

What is the refund policy for the 2020 Conference?

Answer: If you find that you cannot attend the conference, please note our refund policy below.

  • A full refund will be provided upon request until February 28th
  • Partial Refunds will be provided March 1- May 31st.
    • Conference registration less a $50 processing fee for general and professional registration or $20 for student registration;
    • School Based Training less a $20 processing fee for all school-based sessions with a $40 processing fee for the school-based SLP training bundle
  • No refunds will be provided beginning June 1st.

Can I order a t-shirt for the National Conference?

T-Shirts will be available through the registration site.  Orders must be received by June 1st.  A limited number of extras will be available at the conference for sale.  There are no refunds on t-shirt orders.

Don’t see your question in our FAQ, please email nationalconference@apraxia-kids.org.