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Frequently Asked Questions

National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech

 

We have prepared this list of questions and answers to help those who are considering registration or those who are already registered.

 

Do I have to register and pay to attend the conference?
Does the registration fee cover both a husband and wife to attend?
If my husband and I are sharing a nametag can we both attend breakfast and lunch?
Will you give me a discount on the registration fee?
Does my registration include travel and hotel costs?
Can I register for only one day?
Can I register for just one session?
Why do I have to pay to attend?
Can my children attend with me?
Is there other ways to discuss other apraxia related topics if there is no session on a topic?
Are you providing babysitting for the children of attendees?
Is CASANA providing my dinner?
Are there discounted hotel rates?
Can I have my child evaluated at the conference?
I can’t come but would you send me a tape of the conference afterward?
Can CASANA change the time of a session that I want to attend because there are two sessions I want to attend at the same time?
I cannot attend the conference can CASANA provide me with handouts anyway?
Is there a cost for pre-preprinted handouts?
Will continuing education credits be available for members of the American Speech and Hearing Association who attend the conference?
If I register for the conference can I also attend a pre-conference session?
Will continuing education credits be available for members of the American Speech and Hearing Association who attend the pre-conference sessions?

 

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:  No, the registration is for one person.   One possibility for parents is to share one name tag. In other words, you can go to sessions that interest you and then pass off your nametag to your husband/wife so that he/she can attend the sessions that are of interest. You would not be able to attend together as an official name tag is required to enter conference session rooms, but you would be able to attend what really interests you.

 

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

Answer: No, one nametag = one meal. You must have your nametag on in order to enter the dining area.

 

Will you give me a discount on the registration fee?

Answer: The registration rate is already considerably discounted for parents registering as General Participants and taking advantage of the Advanced Early Bird Rate or the Early Bird Rate should also be helpful.

 

Does my registration include travel and hotel costs?
Answer: No.  The conference registration includes your admission to the conference sessions, conference materials, an opening reception, and breakfast and lunch for two days.  You must make and pay for your own hotel and travel arrangements.

 

Can I register for only one day?
Answer: After July 1st and only if the conference is not already sold out (which it could be), there is a possibility that one day registration will be accepted.

 

Can I register for just one session?
Answer: No, we are unable to operate a conference successfully with the added complexity and documentation that would be required.

 

Why do I have to pay to attend?
Answer: Plain and simple, the process of planning and implementing a national conference with hundreds of attendees and the top apraxia experts in the world costs money.  Apraxia Kids is a nonprofit organization and in order to put on the conference, we must have funds to do it.  Registration fees help pay for the costs associated with a conference of this scale. We have surveyed other similar conferences and our registration fees are relatively modest compared with other large national conferences and for the level of program being offered.

 

Can my children attend with me? 

Answer: No, the conference is designed for the adult learner.  Children are welcome to attend the opening reception if they are at the event location and are supervised by a parent who is a conference registrant.  Children are not permitted in the conference sessions.  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.  If this circumstance ends up applying to you, please have consideration for other conference attendees and use good common sense.  Parents of infants who do not follow this guideline will be asked to leave the conference session so as not to disrupt it for all others.

 

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. There will also be tables with no subjects attached for those who would just like to relax a bit. You will have the opportunity to suggest a topic during the registration process.

 

Are you providing babysitting for the children of attendees?

Answer: No, you must make plans for your child.

 

Is Apraxia Kids providing my dinner?

Answer: No.  Dinners are not included in your registration fee.

 

Are there discounted hotel rates?
Answer: Yes.   Click here for hotel information.  Hotel rooms can be booked by calling 800-325-3535. Please note that when you call you must ask for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association (or Apraxia Kids)  2018 National Conference group rate.

 

Can I have my child evaluated at the conference?
Answer: No.

 

I can’t come but would you send me a videotape or audiotape of the conference afterward?

Answer: No.  We do not have funding to cover the cost of equipment rental, videotaping, editing and packaging and the associated staff costs.  Additionally, speakers do not uniformly agree to have presentations taped.  If you are aware of grant funds or are able to donate funds for this goal, please contact Kathy Hennessy, conference director at kathyh@apraxia-kids.org .  If funds were available it is possible some speakers may agree to be taped.

 

Can Apraxia Kids change the time of a session that I want to attend because there are two sessions I want to attend at the same time?
Answer: No.  The schedule has been set and cannot be changed to accommodate one or several people.  We work hard to try and offer sessions twice and to have sessions of interest at all times during the conference.

 

I cannot attend the conference can Apraxia Kids provide me with handouts anyway?

Answer: No, at the request of our speakers, handouts are only made available to paid conference registrants.

 

How will I receive Handouts?

Answer: A link will be emailed to all conference participants with instructions for downloading the handouts.

 

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 are eligible to receive a maximum of 1.3 ASHA CEU’s for attending the conference.

 

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

Answer: Yes, provided participants comply with all requirements, ASHA members are eligible to receive .2 ASHA CEU’s for attending a pre-conference session.

 

If I register for the conference can I also attend a pre-conference session?

Answer: The pre-conference sessions are an additional registration fee. If you would like to attend a pre-conference session, you will have the option to choose one at the time that you register and pay the additional fee. You are not obligated to register for a pre-conference session and should do so only if you are interested in attending the session.

 

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 Apraxia Kids’ certificates of attendance 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 would be true for you.