Childhood Apraxia of Speech:
Practical Strategies for Successful Treatment
Presented by Margaret Fish
Specifically Designed for Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Children Ages 2-12 Years
- Dozens of practical strategies to help children with apraxia of speech develop intelligible verbal communication
- What every SLP needs to know for addressing the unique needs of children with motor planning difficulties
- Practical suggestions for helping nonverbal and minimally verbal children with severe speech apraxia gain volitional control over their speech
- Innovative ideas for games and activities to facilitate the repetitive practice required when addressing motor planning difficulties
- Receive an extensive childhood apraxia of speech resource handbook to support your immediate use of the therapy ideas you’ll receive in this seminar
Practical Ideas and Strategies
Children with apraxia of speech typically don’t benefit from traditional treatment approaches. The focus of this new seminar is to provide practical ways to help children with motor speech disorders develop greater volitional control over their speech. Dozens of tips for promoting speech sound acquisition and improved phoneme sequencing will be provided throughout the seminar and demonstrated through videotape examples. Highly effective strategies for generating early vocalizations, words, sentences, and intelligible connected speech in children with severe motor speech disorders will be presented.
This is a practical seminar that will have an immediate impact on your work with children who demonstrate significant speech impairment as a result of childhood apraxia of speech. Numerous therapy examples, as well as ideas for home practice, will be described throughout the day. This seminar will provide you with practical ways to help even your most challenging speech students. You will leave with a wealth of ideas for planning successful treatment programs and providing effective day-to-day therapy for children with apraxia of speech.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
Improve Speech Intelligibility
Learn a wide range of visual, auditory, tactile, and cognitive cues that help apraxic children achieve correct phoneme productions and phoneme sequencing skills
- Differentiate Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) from Other Severe Speech Sound Disorders
Discover how to make a differential diagnosis between CAS, dysarthria and phonological disorders by understanding the speech characteristics specific to childhood apraxia of speech
- Move from Simple to Complex Syllable Shapes in a Systematic Way
Discover strategies to help children develop greater volitional control over their speech so they are able to plan out speech movements of greater length and complexity
- Improve Accuracy of Vowel Production
Learn a hierarchy for teaching vowels and tips to facilitate the correct jaw and tongue movements necessary for expanding the vowel repertoire in children with CAS
- Receive Ideas for Dozens of Games and Activities to Motivate Effective, Repetitive Practice
Children with apraxia of speech benefit from repetitive practice in order to learn new speech motor plans … A wide variety of fun games and activities to facilitate cooperation in repetitive practice activities will be shared
- Facilitate Improvement of Syntax and Morphology in the Context of Speech Praxis Treatment
Children with CAS frequently have accompanying language challenges … Learn strategies to incorporate language goals into your treatment for children with speech praxis problems
- Acquire Effective Strategies for Working with Minimally Verbal Children
Young children with suspected apraxia and older children with severe apraxia present unique challenges … A wide range of practical and effective strategies for helping the more severely impaired children on your caseload will be provided
- Facilitate Carryover of Skills Acquired in Treatment Sessions into Other Contexts
Several factors influence how effectively children learn to generalize the skills taught within their treatment sessions into other settings, with other listeners and into spontaneous speech … Several ways to help children with apraxia of speech improve carryover of their speech skills will be described
- Learn to Choose Appropriate Target Utterances for Treatment Sessions
Five different aspects need to be considered simultaneously when determining target utterances for treatment … Each area will be discussed and practice opportunities will be available for selection of targets for sessions
- Receive an Extensive Childhood Apraxia of Speech Resource Handbook
Margaret Fish’s entire apraxia treatment program is presented in the detailed resource handbook each participant will receive at the seminar
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
How to confidently apply evidence-based strategies for teaching children with apraxia to become more intelligible speakers
- Ways to differentially diagnose childhood apraxia of speech from dysarthria and phonological disorders
- How to use a wide range of multisensory cueing techniques to facilitate greater speech intelligibility and how to match appropriate cueing techniques to children with different learning styles
- How the CVCV and CVC syllable shapes serve as the cornerstones for later phrase and sentence production
- Ways to teach children with apraxia to not only produce individual phonemes, but to sequence phonemes into increasingly complex syllable shapes and sentences
- Practical techniques to facilitate emergence of accurate vowel productions
- Specific methods for applying simplification techniques to make production of challenging speech targets more manageable for children
- How using the right type of reinforcement and feedback can facilitate carryover of skills practiced in treatment
- Ways to make repetitive practice enjoyable and motivating for children of various ages and abilities
- Highly effective techniques to promote normal prosody in children with apraxia of speech
- How to incorporate principles of motor learning into your treatment programming in order to increase effectiveness of treatment for children with apraxia of speech
- How to find appropriate treatment resources to address the needs of children with apraxia of speech
- Motivating ways to incorporate books and songs into treatment to promote development of speech praxis skills
- What to consider when choosing target vocabulary
- How to develop a practical treatment plan or IEP for a child with severe apraxia of speech
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
Children with apraxia of speech typically do not benefit from traditional speech and language treatment programs or even programs that address phonological disorders. It is not unusual for therapists to feel concerned after months of treatment when minimal gains have been realized. When the focus of speech and language treatment is shifted away from working on individual phonemes or phonological patterns toward treating the underlying deficits in planning and programming of speech movement gestures, children are able to make substantial gains.
This highly practical seminar is designed to help you meet the needs of your students with childhood apraxia of speech. My goal is to introduce strategies that will make your treatment both more effective and more efficient. During my 25 plus years as a speech-language pathologist working with children with severe speech sound disorders, I have seen the benefits of incorporating the principles of motor learning into treatment of children with motor speech disorders. My focus throughout the day will be to provide practical ways to incorporate these principles into your day-to-day treatment and to help you become better acquainted with a wide range of multisensory cueing techniques to meet the needs of students with different learning styles.
Opportunities will be provided throughout the day to discuss a variety of cases and begin to develop goals, consider appropriate treatment strategies and plan treatment activities based on the individual needs of the students presented. In this way, you will be ready to integrate the practical information learned during the seminar with your own students with childhood apraxia of speech when you return to work.
I look forward to meeting you at the seminar.
Margaret Fish MS, CCC-SLP
P.S. Again, the focus of our day together will not be on theory, but on practical therapy program strategies and ideas.
Who Should Attend
Speech-language pathologists and speech-language pathology assistants working with children ages 2–12 with apraxia of speech.
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook
You will receive an extensive resource handbook, specifically designed for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:
a checklist of characteristics common to children with childhood apraxia of speech
- a comparison list to assist with differential diagnosis of CAS, dysarthria and phonological disorder
- a syllable/word shape sequence chart
- a detailed list of games and activities to promote opportunities for repetitive practice of target utterances
- lesson plan worksheets
- multisensory cues sorting matrix
- extensive lists of books and songs to facilitate practice opportunities
- extensive lists of research references, assessment tools and treatment materials
- reproducible forms for:
- charting treatment data
- selecting target utterances
- charting treatment data
- analyzing motor speech assessment findings
Margaret Fish will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own students with childhood apraxia of speech.
ASHA - CEUs
This course is offered for .5 ASHA CEUs per day (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Semester Credit Option
Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of a follow-up practicum project. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.