Research

Researchers study aspects of characteristics, assessing and treating childhood apraxia of speech so parents and clinicians can have evidence base behind the procedures used to help children find their voice.  Apraxia Kids is committed to supporting researchers through funding for their projects, providing platforms for recruiting participants, publishing summaries of their work, and bringing researchers together at symposiums and conferences.

THE IMPORTANCE OF RESEARCH

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.

The Status of Current CAS Research

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.

Click here for more information about the research studies mentioned in this video.

Research Symposium July 5-7, 2022

Apraxia Kids is dedicated to advancing innovation through research and education. After postponing in 2020 and 2021, we were excited to hold the third Apraxia Kids Research Symposium in July, 2022. This was the 20th anniversary of our first Symposium held in 2002 in Scottsdale, Arizona with 23 researchers and a few parents and graduate students from all over the world discussing the research approaches and challenges specifically to answer the question of what are the neurological and behavioral markers of CAS for differential diagnosis. As a result of those discussions, a manuscript was printed to document the proceedings.

In 2013, the second Research Symposium was held in Atlanta, Georgia where 40 researchers and clinicians gathered to learn about and discuss “State of the Art” research developments and to make recommendations for future research funding and support. An executive summary was produced from the proceedings to provide the community with current research findings along with research needs, trends and ideas for the future. Between 2013 and 2022, more research has been completed and published than in the past several decades combined; several of which were funded by Apraxia Kids and are reported on the Research Timeline.

The 2022 Research Symposium held in Las Vegas, Nevada in July, prior to the Apraxia Kids National Conference brought together over 50 national and international researchers and clinicians who spent 2 ½ days learning about where previous research has brought us and current research projects in a variety of areas, which culminated in a discussion with the Apraxia Kids board members on what research priorities should be established for the next several years. More details from their recommendations will be presented in the upcoming months.

Tricia McCabe, Ph.D. CPSP University of Sydney, Australia

Research Grant Application

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.

Applications for research grants are currently closed.

RESEARCH FUNDING TIMELINE

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.

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Aravind Namasivayam Ph.D., S-LP (C)., Reg. CASLPO University of Toronto, Canada
Jonathan Preston Ph.D., CCC-SLP Syracuse Univeristy, NY

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE

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.

ARE YOU CONDUCTING RESEARCH?

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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Edwin Maas Ph.D.  Temple University, PA
Edwin Maas Ph.D. Temple University, PA

PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH!

Research studies need participants just like you!

Find an approved study below to participate in!

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This study is attempting to learn more about the strengths and challenges children experience when they have a genetic diagnosis, including changes in the following genes: FOXP1, FOXP2, SETBP1 and KAT6A.

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The purpose of this study is to determine if starting therapy at very early ages can minimize or prevent speech & language problems in children with classic galactosemia.

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This study trains parents of children aged birth to 4 ½ years with Classic Galactosemia, how to support their child’s communication and motor skills.

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This survey is documenting the impact of movement disorders in children across the US.

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Parents and caregivers of children aged 5-18 years with motor difficulties are invited to complete a survey to explore the relationship between demographics, motor milestones and later motor abilities.

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This study is looking at the effectiveness of Dynamic therapy on children with CAS. It will provide an assessment, SLP training and therapy for young children.

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These researchers will work with children aged 3-4 years of age who have a severe speech impairment to improve their language skills through the use of AAC.

Apraxia Kids values innovation and is committed to funding research initiatives throughout the world.  The generous support of donors allows our organization to fund new and exciting research on a variety of apraxia topics.

Research Funding Timeline

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.

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