Professional Development

Suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech (SCAS) **

Presented by Cari Ebert, M.S., CCC-SLP (6 hrs)

Being able to effectively communicate is how young children interact, socialize and learn. There is cause for concern when a young child has strong cognitive and receptive language skills, but is struggling learning how to talk. It is critical for therapists to be able to differentially diagnose suspected childhood apraxia of speech from late talkers. Therapy for a young child with SCAS should focus on motor planning skills directly and indirectly related to the development of speech. Parent involvement is a critical component of early intervention services and each family needs to be provided with functional strategies that can be embedded into their daily routines to help their child become an effective verbal communicator. This one day seminar is packed full of clinically relevant strategies and activities for use with young children with suspected childhood apraxia of speech. Therapists will gain hands-on knowledge of ways to modify existing therapy materials designed for older kids to make them fun and functional for toddlers and preschool age children. From assessment, to diagnosis, to therapy materials, to parent coaching, participants will discover effective ways to create the best therapy model for young children with SCAS.