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.

Call for Research Posters

To continue our commitment to provide updated information to families and professionals, Apraxia Kids is inviting our research community to submit proposals for posters presenting results of current research projects. There will be a scheduled time during the conference for poster presenters to interact with attendees about your work. The poster presenters will choose if they would like to present their work virtually or by bringing a poster physically to display at the National Conference. We look forward to hearing from investigators at all levels (students and professionals):

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Research Symposium – POSTPONED to 2022

Apraxia Kids is dedicated to advancing innovation through research and education. After careful consideration, we have decided to postpone the Research Symposium until July 5-7, 2022 in Las Vegas prior to the National Conference. One of the main goals of the Research Symposium is to bring people together to share research outcomes, plan collaborations, and discuss current research needs. An in-person event is critical to meeting this goal.

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. Comprised of 16 hours of research presentations, discussions, and brainstorming for the future, this event is certain to be invaluable to our apraxia community.

This event is co-chaired by Dr. Jonathan Preston and Dr. Tricia McCabe.

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

RESEARCH FUNDING

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.

View Research Grant Timeline
Aravind Namasivayam Ph.D., S-LP (C)., Reg. CASLPO University of Toronto, Canada
Edwin Maas Ph.D.  Temple University, PA
Edwin Maas Ph.D. Temple University, PA

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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PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH!

Research studies need participants just like you!

Find an approved study below to participate in!

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This research study is comparing the home language environment of typically developing children to children with speech sound disorder.

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This research study at Syracuse University is exploring the effects of different types of treatment that have shown to help children with speech sound disorders, including childhood apraxia of speech.

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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 study involves a summer camp during which treatment is provided. Children will be randomly assigned to receive 16 hours of individual ASSIST speech therapy.

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A research study is being conducted by Case Western Reserve University on AAC use in children with childhood apraxia of speech.

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A research study is being conducted by Case Western Reserve University on the speech, language, and reading decoding ability of school-age participants with a diagnosis of childhood apraxia of speech.

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The main purpose of this study is to explore the link between genetic variations and speech and language in families.

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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 aims to document characteristics of motor disorders that are present in children who have a diagnosis of Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

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

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Research subjects are needed for an online study investigating seizures and communication.

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This survey is exploring social and physical abilities/challenges in children with and without CAS.

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This study is seeking parents and caregivers of 13-18-year-olds who use an AAC system to complete a survey regarding their perspectives and experiences.

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Young adults with CAS and parents of children with CAS are needed to give info on their experiences to help educate nurses about CAS.

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Researchers are asking for parents who have accessed mental health services for a child under 18 years of age to complete an anonymous survey.

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This study is looking for SLPs with limited exposure to AAC to complete a survey on their perceptions and practices.

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This study is offering free training to parents of children who are using an AAC device.

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Caregivers of children who use AAC devices to communicate are needed to participate in a survey in order to improve collaboration between caregivers and their AAC inter-professional team.

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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.

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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