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    Childhood Apraxia of Speech: From Diagnosis to Treatment

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    • Speech Language Pathologist

Course Description

There are many challenges involved in the evaluation and treatment of children with severe speech sound disorders. This course will help you develop a framework for preforming a differential diagnosis and developing a treatment plan for children with severe Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Treatment strategies will focus on the application of the principles of motor learning.

Funding to develop and deliver this course was provided by Tubes2Tables
Thank you to the University of South Alabama Dept. of Speech Pathology & Audiology for providing the conference room and snacks/beverages for this event.

Course Location: University of South Alabama, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
Student Center Ballroom

Parking: Gamma parking lot, which is across South Drive from the Student Center
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Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define childhood apraxia of speech (CAS)
  • Identify possible characteristics of CAS
  • Identify informal and formal tools that can contribute to a differential diagnosis of CAS, phonological process disorder and dysarthria.
  • Outline key principles of motor learning and identify how these principles impact decision making in treatment.
  • Select appropriate targets.
  • Develop methods for monitoring progress.

Rebeccah M Smith

M.S., CCC-SLP

Rebeccah M. Smith M.S. CCC-SLP graduated in 2000 with a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology along with a minor in Special Education from Old Dominion University. She began her career by delivering services in an outpatient setting to children of all ages providing evaluations and treatment for a variety of pediatric speech and language disorders as well as providing early intervention service in the surrounding cities of Hampton Roads, Virginia. It was very early in Rebeccah’s career that she developed a passion for working with children with childhood apraxia of speech and dysarthria. She was recognized in Hampton Roads Virginia as an expert on Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). She is a graduate of the 2011 Childhood Apraxia of Speech Training Institute. She is CASANA Recognized for Advanced Training and Clinical Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She has provided continuing education to teachers and parents throughout the state of Virginia on the evaluation and treatment of CAS.
In 2008 Rebeccah Smith founded, along with 2 other parents, The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Network- Hampton Roads (CASN-HR) support group. CASN-HR provided support, education, and advocacy for parents, families, friends, speech language pathologists, teachers, and other professionals who are touched by Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Rebeccah is currently the Therapy Director and Speech Therapy Supervisor at Rehabilitation Associates and Aveanna Company in Falls Church, VA.
Financial Disclosure: Rebecca is the Therapy Director and Speech Therapy Supervisor at Rehabilitation Associates and Aveanna Company. She will receive lodging and meals for this presentation.
Non-Financial – Rebecca is part founder of The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Network- Hampton Roads (CASN-HR) support group.

Day 1

08:00 - 08:30
Registration/Check-in
08:30 - 08:45
Learning Objectives
08:45 - 10:15
Understanding CAS- Define/Characteristics of/Possible causes/Educational Impact
10:15 - 10:30
Break
10:30 - 12:00
Evaluation of CAS-Performing a differential diagnosis/Informal and formal tools
12:00 - 01:00
Lunch on your own
01:00 - 02:30
Concepts Underlying Treatment of CAS-Neuroplasticity/Principles of motor learning
02:30 - 02:45
Break
02:45 - 04:15
Understanding Treatment of CAS-Treatment approaches/Target selection/Prognostic indicators
04:15 - 04:30
Wrap-up/Q&A

Delivery VIA:

  • Live - This course is a live course being done at one or more locations.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • CIAO is authorized by IACET to offer 0.6 CEUs for this program.
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (0.65 ASHA CEUs) Bubble sheet required

Contact hours applied for:

  • Continuing education credit will be available for this course.


CIAO is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). CIAO complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, CIAO is accredited to issue the IACET CEU.



This course is offered for 0.65 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area


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