Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Evaluation and Therapy Challenges

Presented by David Hammer, M.S., CCC-SLP – Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (6 hrs)

Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a pediatric motor speech disorder that baffles many speech language pathologists in terms of how to diagnose it, as well as how to treat it. This session will provide information on the nature of CAS and what to include in the assessment that will allow the clinician to be more confident in his/her diagnosis. Case examples will be provided and discussed to guide the participant in careful observations pertinent to differential diagnosis and determining the relative contribution of various factors to the child’s communication disorder. The seminar will also focus on where to begin treatment and how to provide ongoing treatment for children with CAS. Much of the emphasis on treatment will include implementing motor learning principles along with systematic, careful construction of stimuli that is both rewarding and functional for the client. Treatment techniques will be discussed and demonstrated through video examples and will apply to a variety of ages and levels of severity. Ways to incorporate early literacy skills will also be addressed.