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2 Half-Day Workshop

Seminar: Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Foundational Knowledge and Clinical Management

Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a pediatric motor speech disorder that often results in severely impaired speech intelligibility. Children with CAS often demonstrate slow progress in treatment and can exhibit challenges with speech production that persist through adulthood.

The clinical management of CAS requires understanding of what differentiates this disorder from other speech sound disorders, including the underlying impairment and characteristic features. It also requires a specific approach to assessment to identify and target the motor-based difficulties associated with CAS.

This course will provide participants with a background in the definition of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), underlying deficits of CAS, and characteristic features of this disorder. Detailed information will be reviewed regarding assessment procedures for the differential diagnosis of CAS with an emphasis on dynamic assessment. Motor-based techniques will be reviewed for the treatment of CAS, including practical strategies for using dynamic treatment strategies.

During this course, there will be discussion, case studies, and hands-on application of material to provide clinically-relevant information that participants can apply to their clinical practice to:

  • Understand CAS and how it differs from other speech sound disorders in children;
  • Identify characteristic features of CAS and the importance of careful listening;
  • Obtain procedures for the assessment of CAS and application of dynamic assessment;
  • Learn about evidence-based techniques for intervention;
  • Discuss key elements of clinical management.
Dates:22 and 23 Mar 2023 (Wed and Thu)
Time:8.30am – 12.30pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Dr. Julie Case, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. Hofstra University.
Julie Case is an Assistant Professor in the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Department. Dr. Case holds a Ph.D. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University and an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from New York University. She also has an M.A. in Spanish Language and Hispanic Literature and Cultures from Central Connecticut State University and a B.A. in Spanish with a concentration in Elementary Education from Villanova University. Dr. Case is an ASHA certified bilingual speech language pathologist with specialization in speech sound disorders and expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Dr. Case has also been in clinical practice throughout the New York metropolitan area since and has worked in a variety of clinical settings with children from birth through adolescence.

In her research program, Dr. Case studies speech motor development in children with CAS and other speech sound disorders. Her work has incorporated transcription, acoustic and kinematic analyses to examine changes in speech performance with intensive practice and the impact of stimulus complexity on speech production in children with typical and impaired speech development. Dr. Case also studies treatment efficacy for motor-based intervention in young children with CAS, in addition to systematically investigating language skills in children with CAS and other speech sound disorders. Dr. Case has presented at numerous international conferences on several clinical and academic topics. Her work has also been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and she has completed various editorial positions across academic journals in the field of Communicative Sciences and Disorders.
Course Outline
  1. Foundations of CAS
    1. Definition of CAS
    2. Understanding the underlying deficit of CAS
    3. How motor impairment impacts assessment and treatment
    4. Detailed description of characteristic features of CAS
  2. Assessment of CAS
    1. Procedures for differential diagnosis of CAS
    2. Dynamic assessment and significance within assessment of CAS
    3. Differentiating CAS from other speech sound disorders, such as phonological impairment
  3. Motor-based Intervention & Considerations for Clinical Management
    1. Definition of motor-based intervention and rationale for this approach
    2. A review of therapeutic techniques that have research evidence for treating CAS with a focus on Dynamic Temporal Tactile Cueing
    3. How Principles of Motor Learning can be used to structure therapy sessions and guide intervention technique
    4. Designing treatment targets and language-specific considerations when designing stimuli
    5. Practical strategies for getting started in treatment
Course Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Define CAS and the underlying impairment of this disorder.
  2. Describe characteristic features of CAS.
  3. Describe assessment procedures for the differential diagnosis of CAS.
  4. Explain the significance of dynamic assessment in the diagnosis of CAS.
  5. Name elements of motor-based intervention.
  6. Describe DTTC with regard to the temporal hierarchy and use of multisensory cueing.
  7. Explain how principles of motor learning are integrated within treatment planning.
Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$) /pax
15 Nov 2022 350
Normal Till Full 400