Innovative Therapy Solutions for Young Children with Apraxia

Cari Ebert MS, CCC-SLP

Innovative Therapy Solutions for Young Children with Apraxia

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Course Highlights

  • Confidently identify the characteristics of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) in minimally verbal young children
  • Characterize the key differences of apraxia and similar diagnosis such as autism spectrum disorder, dysarthria, phonological impairment, and speech delays
  • Develop a framework for differentially diagnosing speech disorders in your youngest clients and establishing achievable goals
  • Discover how multisensory cues can stimulate focus and benefit young children with apraxia
  • Make the connection between motor learning for CAS and dyspraxia (limb apraxia)
  • Effective play-based therapy and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies to improve day-to-day communication
  • Case studies and real-life situations from both a mom ofa son with apraxia and a therapist devoting her career toeffective treatment strategies

Additional Info

Working with very young, minimally verbal children requires speech-language pathologists and therapists alike to differentially diagnose between a delay and a disorder. When speech is late to develop, therapists must begin the process of making a differential diagnosis. Is it Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), dysarthria, autism, a phonological impairment or a speech delay? It is important to understand and identify the characteristics in order to effective treat and improve these communication barriers.

This interactive and relevant one-day course will outlinethe differences between CAS and other speech sound disorders and will also provide a thorough discussion of speech development in children with autism. Other topics we will discuss include: when a formal diagnosis of CAS can be made, how to write motor-speech goals, and getting follow-through from parents and teachers. Participants will gain valuable strategies and activities for effectively treating young children with suspected CAS using a multisensory cueingapproach.

[ASHA:Intermediate level, Professional Area]
  1. Describe the atypical acquisition of milestones during the prelinguistic stages of development in young children with suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).
  2. List the three etiologies of Childhood Apraxia of Speech(CAS).
  3. Differentiate characteristics of CAS with other diagnoses of autism, dysarthria, phonologicalimpairment and speech delay.
  4. Apply the principles of motor learning when treating young children with suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) by formulating targeted motor-speech goals.
  5. Utilize five therapy activities that increase the flexibilityand reliability of the child's motorspeech system.
  6. Summarize the latest research and common challengesthat are often associated with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).
  1. Apraxia: Common Challenges and the Latest Research
    1. Demystifying apraxia for professionals
    2. Explaining apraxia to parents
    3. Types of apraxia (limb, oral, verbal)
    4. Etiologies of childhood apraxia of speech
  2. Confidently Assessing the Minimally Verbal Young Child
    1. ASHA's technical report on apraxia
    2. Characteristics Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
    3. Acquisition of milestones during the prelinguistic period of development
    4. Review of the recent research
    5. Informal assessment guide
    6. Later academic issues associated with CAS
  3. Identifying the Key Characteristics to Make a Successful Differential Diagnosis
    1. When CAS can be formally diagnosed
    2. Misdiagnosing / over diagnosing CAS
    3. Comparing CAS with other diagnoses of autism, dysarthria, phonological impairment, and speech delay
    4. Prognosis
    1. Improving Both Dyspraxia and Motor Learning Issues with Speech-Sound Disorders
    2. Principles of motor learning
    3. Making the connection between motor planning and speech disorders
    4. Establishing motor-speech goals
  4. Innovative and Effective Therapy Solutions for Treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
    1. Augmentative communication (AAC)
    2. Play-based therapy activities for the minimally verbal child
    3. Auditory, tactile and multisensory cueing
    4. Getting follow-through at home and in the classroom
  5. Problem Solving, Case Studies, and Real LifeSituations
    1. Critically examine five different case histories to beginthe process of making a differential diagnosis

Cari Ebert, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist in private practice in theKansas City, Missouri area. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in1993 and her Master of Science degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1995.Cari is a therapist, consultant, author, and nationally-recognized speaker who gets paid to dowhat she loves most.TALK! She works exclusively with young children, birth to age five, and theirfamilies, and believes that early intervention is the key to future success.Cari specializes in assessing and treating children with apraxia and she recently co-authored a bookcalled The SLP's Guide to Treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Cari's son has autism, apraxia,and sensory processing disorder. This allows her to engage audiences both as a professional andas a parent of a child with special needs. She has an energetic personality, and this translatesto a high-energy speaking style. Join Cari as she explores important issues for enhancing thedevelopment of young'll be glad you took the time!


FINANCIAL: Cari Ebert is compensated as the owner of a private practice, Summit Speech Therapy LLC and by Summit Professional Education as an instructor. She has co-authored a book called "The SLP's Guide to Treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech" for which she receives royalties.

NONFINANCIAL: Cari Ebert has a son with autism spectrum disorder and apraxia allowing her to engage audiences both as a clinician and a parent of a child with special needs.

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