Supporting the Circle: Families, Friends, and Functional Outcomes

Course Abstract:

The management of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) often intensely focuses on speech production objectives. While addressing speech sound skills is essential during intervention, it is also important to expand the therapeutic focus beyond the phoneme and even beyond the client. Consideration of the experiences of children with CAS and their families will help lead to more functional outcomes in day-to-day interactions. This presentation will review literature on the impact of CAS and the family unit according to the experiences and perceptions of parents. Ways in which to incorporate the larger family and social circles in patient- and family -centered care practices will be discussed.

Presented By: Heather Leavy-Rusiewicz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEU’s (Intermediate LevelProfessional area)

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the four pillars of person-/family-centered care
  • Identify ways to assess and target functional outcomes for individuals with CAS
  • Develop at least three strategies to incorporate and/or advocate for person-/centered care into the clinical management of individuals with CAS

Timed Agenda

Minutes 1-5:      Introduction
Minutes 6-11:     Pivoting typical intervention structure of treatment of CAS and tenets of person-/family-centered care
Minutes 12-16:   Presentation of ICF-Y and its application to speech sound disorders, including CAS
Minutes 17-32:   Reviewing literature and personal statements regarding functional outcomes and experiences of individuals with CAS and their families
Minutes 33-43:  Describing mechanisms to assess and integrate person-/family-centered care into practice
Minutes 44-54:  Presenting mechanisms to assess and target functional outcomes for those with CAS
Minutes 55-65:  Summary
Minutes 65-90: Questions and Answers

Course Abstract:

The management of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) often intensely focuses on speech production objectives. While addressing speech sound skills is essential during intervention, it is also important to expand the therapeutic focus beyond the phoneme and even beyond the client. Consideration of the experiences of children with CAS and their families will help lead to more functional outcomes in day-to-day interactions. This presentation will review literature on the impact of CAS and the family unit according to the experiences and perceptions of parents. Ways in which to incorporate the larger family and social circles in patient- and family -centered care practices will be discussed.

Presented By: Heather Leavy-Rusiewicz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEU’s (Intermediate LevelProfessional area)

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the four pillars of person-/family-centered care
  • Identify ways to assess and target functional outcomes for individuals with CAS
  • Develop at least three strategies to incorporate and/or advocate for person-/centered care into the clinical management of individuals with CAS

Timed Agenda

Minutes 1-5:      Introduction
Minutes 6-11:     Pivoting typical intervention structure of treatment of CAS and tenets of person-/family-centered care
Minutes 12-16:   Presentation of ICF-Y and its application to speech sound disorders, including CAS
Minutes 17-32:   Reviewing literature and personal statements regarding functional outcomes and experiences of individuals with CAS and their families
Minutes 33-43:  Describing mechanisms to assess and integrate person-/family-centered care into practice
Minutes 44-54:  Presenting mechanisms to assess and target functional outcomes for those with CAS
Minutes 55-65:  Summary
Minutes 65-90: Questions and Answers



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