CASANA Issues 2015 Request for Funding Application for Apraxia Research

2015researchThe Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) is dedicated to fostering and supporting research that will advance the understanding, treatment, and quality of life of those impacted by childhood apraxia of speech. This source of private research funding has helped fuel new research on CAS for the last 7 years.

In this 2015 Request for Applications, CASANA continues to emphasize an interest in clinical research projects aimed at the diagnosis and treatment of children with CAS.  Additionally, CASANA is interested in early identification as well as approaches that include biophysical evidence alongside behavioral evidence. Finally, CASANA is interested in quality of life research on CAS.  In all instances and in all potential study areas, CASANA’s primary interest is in high quality scientific research that, upon completion, will be suitable and acceptable to peer-reviewed publications.

Potential applicants may download the Request for Applications here.

Important Deadlines:

Intent to Submit – received by August 15, 2015
Applications – Received no later than 5 PM EDT (USA), October 1, 2015.

CASANA Accepting Requests for Apraxia Research Funding

May 14, 2014 (PITTSBURGH, PA) – On the 2014 Apraxia Awareness Day, the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) released its 2014 Request for Applications for Research.  CASANA began its Apraxia Research funding program in 2009 in response to a near absence of any published research on effective treatments for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), an inadequacy documented in the historic Childhood Apraxia of Speech Technical Report (2007) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

Interested, qualified researchers with a defined focus in CAS are encouraged to review the application, file an intent to apply, and submit an application by the deadline of August 29, 2014.  Additionally, doctoral students may also apply for funds if their research specifically concerns CAS.  An external review committee will evaluate and recommend projects for funding.  For more information and to download the RFA, please click here.

Funds for CASANA’s Apraxia Research Funding program are raised through individual donations as well as donors and participants in the Walk for Children with Apraxia®.

The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and founded in 2000, is the only national 501(c)3 non-profit public charity exclusively dedicated to the needs and interests of children with apraxia of speech and their families. CASANA’s mission is to improve the systems of support in the lives of children with apraxia so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech. CASANA supports this mission by promoting awareness through Walks held all over North America; providing high quality information and support through the Apraxia-KIDS website and online communities; assisting families through awards of iPads and cases; funding of speech therapy grants; conducting multiple educational events; and funding apraxia research. For more information on CASANA and Childhood Apraxia of Speech, visit the Apraxia-KIDS website at


2013 National Conference Speaker/Session Spotlight: Tricia McCabe, Ph.D.

2013 National Conference Speaker/ Session Spotlight

Thursday, July 11 – Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center

Tricia McCabe, Ph.D., is Course Director and Senior Lecturer at The University of Sydney. Her main research area is treatment for moderate-severe speech impairments in children. Within this area she has a number of interests including (a) treatments for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) (also known as dyspraxia), (b) disorders of speech which cause impairments to production of polysyllabic words and longer linguistic units, (c) the comparison of phonological and articulation treatments to demonstrate relative effectiveness and efficiency and (d) the use of ultrasound for biofeedback in speech pathology. With her colleagues, Elizabeth Murray and Kirrie Ballard, she has recently completed a Randomised Control Trial comparing ReST with the Nuffield Dyspraxia Program (3rd ed). Other research projects in CAS currently underway include: Developing parent delivered interventions for children with CAS in both Australia and Canada; projects trialing computer delivered versions of ReST and NDP3; and a longitudinal study of speech development in children with early identified ASD. She is Chair of the International CAS Assessment Consortium. This Consortium hopes to develop agreed reporting standards to be used in research involving children with CAS. Tricia is particularly interested in the application of the principles of speech motor learning to new treatments for CAS particularly and articulation and voice disorders more generally. She is also interested in the application of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) in speech pathology and speech pathology service delivery innovations.

You are traveling a very long way to speak at the 2013 National Conference on CAS. What are you looking forward to the most?
“I’m excited to meet a wide range of people who are all interested in CAS and very excited to share our new treatment and our research results. It’s very exciting to have done the first ever randomized control trial of treatments for children with CAS and I want as many people as possible to know about it.”

What makes our National Conference on CAS so different from other conferences?
“The variety of people: parents, children, clinicians and researchers all together.”



ReST: A New Treatment for Prosody and Speech Accuracy for School-Aged Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Rapid Syllable Transition Training (ReST) is a recently developed treatment for improving prosody and speech accuracy in children aged 4-12. ReST uses pseudo-words of 2-3 syllables to target syllable segregation, lexical stress and articulatory consistency and accuracy in high intensity drill based therapy. We have recently completed a randomized control trial of ReST which shows that the treatment is effective and generalizes to untreated words. In our recent research, we also showed that children who had treatment 4 days per week for 3 weeks continued to improve for up to 4 months after the treatment stopped. This workshop will describe the background to the treatment, the research including the RCT and other studies including parent training and a trial of computer delivery, and describe who the treatment might suit. Participants will watch the therapy being conducted and will learn to judge correct and incorrect target productions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to describe the theoretical background of the Rapid Syllable Transition Training (ReST).
  • Participants will be able to describe the major components of the treatment.
  • Participants will be able to identify correct and incorrect production of the treatment stimuli.


The information presented in your session might be fairly new information for many of the participants.  Why do you feel it’s important to have this additional tool available in the treatment of children with CAS?
“Having treatment that has been shown to be effective at improving speech and prosodic accuracy in children aged 4-12 is a huge leap forward. Until now the best research evidence we have had has been group studies where the children were not randomized and follow-up data was not collected. Our new treatment, ReST, shows excellent results.”


Request for Research Applications

HiResWe have issued our 2013 “Request for Applications” in order for researchers to apply for CASANA Apraxia research grants.   CASANA believes that our CAS Research Grant program is critically important as it is the only dedicated funding available for CAS research.  Funding will be expanded this year because of the great success of last year’s Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech.  CASANA’s research funding program continues to emphasize an interest in clinical research projects aimed at the diagnosis and treatment of children with CAS.   Additionally, CASANA is interested in early identification as well as approaches which include biophysical evidence alongside behavioral evidence.  Finally, CASANA has expanded the program to include consideration of applications from Ph.D. candidates who are investigating CAS for their dissertation.  In all instances and in all potential study areas, CASANA’s primary interest is in high quality scientific research that, upon completion, will be suitable and acceptable to peer-reviewed publications.  As indicated in the evaluation “weight” given to research approach in the grant evaluation categories (see review criteria in the application), CASANA is interested in, and will only select for funding, relevant research proposals which are methodologically sound and which include appropriate and necessary experimental control.

  • Grants will range from $25,000 – $50,000
  • Ph.D. students who will be doing CAS research for their dissertation may apply for up to $5,000

An expert external review committee will read, evaluate, and recommend grants for funding to CASANA.   All information, requirements, and instructions are provided in the application packet.

Download the 2013 “Request for Applications” Childhood Apraxia of Speech Research

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The Latest News, Events, and Information on or Related to Childhood Apraxia of Speech

New Voices for the Voiceless:  Synthetic Speech Gets an Upgrade
If you don’t have a voice, who speaks for you?  Rupal Patel, a speech scientist at Northeastern University, estimates that between 50 and 60 percent of the people who use synthetic voices use the same one — the Perfect Paul voice.  Patel came to the conlcusion that people needed new options and now thanks to research, there are new personalized voices for AAC users.  “Every Child Deserves a Voice” NPR – Health News

Spotting Sleep Problems in Children with Special Needs
About 30 percent of children have a sleep disorder, but the rate is even higher in children with special needs, an expert says. “While a good night’s sleep is important for all children, it is especially critical for children with special needs. Parents can make small changes at home to help their child get a better night’s sleep and improve their performance in daytime activities, therapies and social interactions.” – Health Day News

Understanding How We Speak
A new study revealed the patterns of brain activity that produce human speech. The findings may one day lead to new approaches for treating speech disorders. NIH – National Institutes of Health – NIH Research Matters

Narrative Skills for People with AAC NeedsPrAACtical AAC, Supports for Language Learning – Published March 2, 2013, By Carole Zangari


Registration Opens for 2013 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Join CASANA Thursday, July 11 – Saturday, July 13, 2013 for our 2013 National Conference on CAS at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center in Denver, CO.  Some of this year’s session topics include: 2013 Research Symposium Review, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Advanced Treatment Strategies, Apps for Apraxia, Designing Treatment Plans, Dynamic Assessment, Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing, Genetics, Independent Education Evaluation Safeguards, Literacy, Phonological Awareness, Retention and Generalization, Social Skills, Social Thinking, Treatment Methods, Question and Answer Series for all levels of learning, and much more! Download our official brochure and register today! – Published March 13, 2013

A Great Cause
The charitable organization CASANA focuses on helping children with apraxia of speech.  In the past decade or so, CASANA has made great strides and yet so much more needs to be done. Read more from CASANA’s Executive Director and Founder here:  Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists – Published March 13, 2013 – By Sharon Gretz, M.Ed.

New Apraxia-KIDS Website
The website has been redesigned to better provide our critical and expansive information on Childhood Apraxia of Speech – the largest collection in the world.  Exciting new features include a fresh and dynamic web design with optimized graphics, user-friendly navigation, accessibility, and clean page layouts with simple page elements for areas such as our Library, Events Calendar, and Apraxia-KIDS Store. This was made possible by funds raised in the Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech events.  Click here to view the new website!


April 4, 2013 – Staten Island, NY Apraxia 101: A Parent Seminar on Childhood Apraxia of Speech – presented by Sharon Gretz, M.Ed., CASANA Executive Director and Founder

April 12, 2013 – St. Paul, MN Apraxia Workshop – Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Assessment, Treatment, and Early Literacy Skills – presented by Amy Skinder-Meredith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CASANA Professional Advisory Board Member and CASANA National Conference Presenter

April 13, 2013 – 4th Annual South Jersey Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

April 25, 2013 – Charlotte, NC Apraxia 101: A Parent Seminar on Childhood Apraxia of Speech – presented by Sharon Gretz, M.Ed., CASANA Executive Director and Founder

April 20, 2013 – Utah Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

April 20, 2013 – Phi Sigma Pi 5k Fun Run/Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

April 21, 2013 – Staten Island Speaks Up! 2013 Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

April 27, 2013 – Arizona Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

Click here to view more educational and awareness events

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CASANA Sponsors 2013 Childhood Apraxia of Speech Research Symposium in Atlanta

On February 21-22, 2013 CASANA was honored to sponsor the 2013 Childhood Apraxia of Speech Research Symposium at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta, GA.  International CAS researchers, CASANA’s Board of Directors, Professional Advisory Board, and staff gathered to discuss the current state of the art in CAS research with emphasis on what the research may mean to identification, diagnosis and treatment for children with CAS.

Main speakers and panels in the areas of Current Trends, Genetics, Diagnostic Markers, Neuroimaging, and Neuro-cognitive Behavioral CAS Research.  During the course of the two days, researchers were able to network with one another, share ideas, and plan future collaborations on CAS research projects.

In the future, CASANA plans to provide an Executive Summary of the 2013 Research Symposium and to enable internet video viewing of the main section recordings so that other interested individuals worldwide will be able to benefit from the information shared.  CASANA’s Board of Directors will use the discussions to evaluate its Apraxia Research Grant program and its future direction.  The symposium was made possible by funds generated through the Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech.


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