What Does It Mean to Be Social? Defining the Social Landscape for Children With Childhood Apraxia of Speech
By Nancy Tarshis, Michelle Garcia Winner, and Pamela Crooke August,...
Foreword from the Apraxia Kids Professional Advisory Council:
Research is vital for improving clinical outcomes for children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). For Apraxia Kids to achieve its mission, evidence-based assessment and treatment of children with CAS is critical. Better diagnosis and treatment will come by rigorously testing clinical and scientific ideas. Apraxia Kids is therefore proud to sponsor research grants on topics related to CAS.
However, research can only be conducted if families choose to participate. Scientists cannot determine what assessment techniques or treatment approaches are most promising without volunteers. Studies may address a number of factors such as different treatment techniques, early identification of CAS, long-term outcomes, speech production and speech perception characteristics, behavioral skills such as memory and attention, or biological factors such as genes and brain characteristics. In some cases, the primary benefits of participating in research may be to help other families down the road, once scientists are able to answer their questions. The outcomes of research are then disseminated to the wider community of clinicians, researchers, and parents through research articles.
If you have participated in research projects related to CAS, the apraxia community thanks you for this vital service.
There has been an explosion of research and articles in the area of childhood apraxia of speech in the recent years. It can be hard to stay on top of all of the evidence as well as to know what studies your child could participate in. This presentation recorded for the 2021 Apraxia Kids National conference highlights current research projects from the researchers themselves on features, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of CAS.
Apraxia Kids is dedicated to advancing innovation through research and education. After postponing the Research Symposium in 2020, we are excited to open up the call for papers for the new date – July 5-7, 2022 in Las Vegas prior to the National Conference.
2022 marks the 20th anniversary of our first Research Symposium and what better way to celebrate than by bringing our national and international research community together in person to share research outcomes, plan collaborations, and discuss current research needs.
This event is co-chaired by Dr. Christina Gildersleeve-Neumann and Dr. Tricia McCabe who invite researchers to submit proposals for a 10 minute presentation to highlight the main concepts or ideas of their completed, preliminary and pilot work. Accepted proposals will be placed in one of the following topic areas:
• Etiologies and biological characteristics of CAS
• Diagnosis, assessment, or features of CAS
• Treatment of CAS
• Psychosocial factors and outcomes, prognosis and CAS across the lifespan
• CAS in the context of other disorders
Proposals are due January 10, 2022 and notifications will be made by February 15, 2022.
Research Grant Applications are now open!
Letters of intent due dates:
November 15, 2021 for Clinical Research and Student Summer funding
February 15, 2022 for Student Fall funding
Apraxia Kids continues to emphasize an interest in clinical research projects aimed at the diagnosis and treatment of children with CAS across diverse populations including race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, language, age, and comorbidity. Additionally, Apraxia Kids is interested in early identification of CAS, etiologies of CAS, disparities in service delivery, as well as approaches which include biophysical evidence alongside behavioral evidence. Finally, Apraxia Kids is interested in quality of life research on children of all ages including teens/young adults with CAS or a history of CAS.
There are three different competitions, aimed at Principal Investigators (PIs) at different career stages. In addition to the traditional research grant competition for investigators with research doctorates, there are two competitions for student researchers. The student grant competitions are intended to foster development of research capacity in CAS to ensure a sustained long-term research focus on CAS. The first student grant competition is open to PhD students, and the second one is intended specifically for undergraduate and master’s level students from underrepresented groups. This latter competition is a new initiative by Apraxia Kids in a concrete effort to contribute to diversifying our profession in the area of CAS research. For both student grant competitions, research proposals must focus on relevant aspects of CAS, and must include a mentor with appropriate experience and expertise in CAS to supervise the project.
In all instances and in all potential study areas, Apraxia Kids’ primary interest is in high quality scientific research that, upon completion, will be suitable and acceptable to peer-reviewed publications.
Each year, Apraxia Kids provides funding to researchers who submit proposals for treatment research pilot studies. Over the years, these studies have proven to be invaluable to the apraxia community in supporting assessment and treatment decision-making.
There are a multitude of different treatment approaches available for CAS. Tricia McCabe, Elizabeth Murray and Donna Thomas from the University of Sydney have graciously enabled us to share with you an Evidence Brief on childhood apraxia of speech.
This Evidence Brief reflects the past and current research from Australia in collaboration with researchers and clinicians across the world. The CAS Treatment Project Log includes research that covers many aspects of childhood apraxia of speech. We thank these excellent researchers not only for their contributions to our understanding of CAS but also for their generosity in sharing their vital information with others.
Click here to read more about Apraxia Kids Commitment to Quality Information.
Click here to learn how to judge evidence for yourself.
Click here to learn about which program could be good for your child.
Apraxia Kids is a resource for academic researchers looking to identify participants for their Childhood Apraxia of Speech focused study. We provide a connection between researchers and participants through our website.
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After researchers who were funded by Apraxia Kids have completed their projects, they provide a report on the results and conclusions. This timeline shows a synopsis of each study that has been funded by Apraxia Kids since the first grant was awarded in 2009. Click below to read the results of 13 studies and access links to their related publications.